Day 5 was our last long driving day, and we did have some late night driving since we spent a full day at Yellowstone National Park. From now on the daily mileage will be significantly less.
We started our Yellowstone adventure bright and early, when we entered the park through the north gate in Gardiner, MT. Before entering into our park adventure, just a quick advice: a day is nowhere near enough at Yellowstone. We could probably spend there the whole month and still find new trails to hike and sights to see.
Our first stop was Mammoth Hot Springs that is known for travertine terraces. The interactions of water and limestone create chalk-white travertine. These terraces make some awesome photo opportunities – together with steam coming from hot springs.
Along the way to Norris Geyser Basin we made quite a few stops for pictures, as well as observed wildlife from elks to grizzly bears.
The most famous hot spring in Yellowstone is the frequently erupting Old Faithful. However, we didn’t make it to the western part of the park, so Old Faithful will have to wait to our next visit. However, the Norris geysers were wonderful even if not erupting tens of feet of water every few minutes. Did you know that geysers are hot springs that have only narrow spaces in their “plumbing”? Because of the narrow channels, water can’t freely access the surface, and let the heat escape, the pressure creates geyser effect.
We also quickly checked out the Falls in Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, saw the sulphur caldron, and mud volcanoes. I ended up to having hundreds of photographs, so it will take for a while to go them all through and edit. For now you will have to enjoy the quick snapshots that I took with the iPhone.
We exited the park through the east gate and headed towards Cody, WY. Cody is, by the way, founded by the famous Buffalo Bill. Right before the exit gate we spotted bighorn sheep up on the mountain, and got very lucky with pictures. I have a bunch of head shots of the sheep, and look forward to sharing the pics with you in a few days. Other wildlife sights toady consisted of grizzly bears, 5 moose, over hundred deer, quite a few elks…. a great day, I would say!
Drive through Wyoming to South Dakota was gorgeous. Montana has been my favorite state for a very long time but now Wyoming may have the first place in my ranking. I would love to live there, and operate my horse ranch. One day.
But over and out from Rapid City, SD. Stay tuned for another update tomorrow!