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It was hard to leave the beauty of the Tetons but Yellowstone has many different ways to make you want to say, "This is my favorite National Park." Yellowstone is divide into five regions. We spent a long afternoon in the Old Faithful Geyser Basin, and after waiting about 20 minutes past the predicted eruption time, we were rewarded. Still a great show. We walked along the boardwalks and were fascinated with pools, colorful bacteria mats, smelly, steamy, surprising geothermal features.
We explored the Mammoth Hot Springs region. This region was not at it's best due to a lack of active springs. The springs that were active are very colorful and unique.
We were camping in the Lake region. Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake at high elevation. It is 400 feet deep, has geysers at the bottom and at the bottom of Mary's Bay the water is 250 degrees F.
In the Roosevelt/Tower region we hiked to the top of Mt Washburn and were able to faintly see the Tetons! We saw a small herd of big horn sheep. We hiked to the base of Tower Falls.
Our favorite area is the Canyon region. The canyon and the two falls look like paintings from every look out. The 328 steps of Uncle Tom's Trail took you to a lookout with rainbows across the base of the Lower Falls. Red Rock trail gives you another look at the Lower Falls from the North Rim. We also hiked to the brink of the Lower Falls (500 feet elevation change with 10 switchbacks) and could watch the water thunder over the edge.
Going from region to region along the loop roads we were often stopped by buffalo. They seen to be in charge of traffic and who is going to argue with them! We watched them eat, roll, play, run, sleep. We never got tired of watching them. The herd of over 3500 buffalo roam freely in the park. You never know where you might find a group. One morning a group of them were just leaving the campground parking lot as I was walking there for a morning paper. We had a few bear sightings and watched a moose grazing near a trailhead. A coyote ran along the edge of the campground. Wildlife was plentiful in the park.
Yellowstone is looking a bit worn right now. Much of the roads are in very poor shape and pieces of infrastructure such as side walks, signs and buildings are in need of maintenance. However, these things have little effect on the key ingredient of Yellowstone which has not ground old at all: the wilderness.
We took over 200 photographs and worked hard to cut that to approximately 100 that are posted here on the web site. You will find them in the Cross-Country Photo Albums.