A Journey Through Yellowstone (Part 1)

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, but it’s not out of neglect. Nope, I was lucky enough to go on an incredible road trip in the Rocky Mountains visiting some of the national parks in the area: Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Craters of the Moon, and Glacier. What an experience!

I’ll be honest: Yellowstone wasn’t really on my radar in terms of travel must-dos. I didn’t set the itinerary for this trip, but I was invited and I always say yes if I can. And I was blown away by the unique nature of the park, its natural beauty and weirdness, and its diversity of sights and wildlife. After traveling to 27 countries on 4 continents, I’ve never seen anything like it. To think it was here all along, sitting in my own backyard.

I am now of the opinion that you have not fully traveled the world if you haven’t been to Yellowstone. Larger than my home state of Rhode Island, Yellowstone contains the world’s largest collection of geysers (50% of all geysers on earth) and is the largest intact ecosystem in North America. The park also includes the stunning Grand Canyon and the Yellowstone Lake, all along the mountains of the Continental Divide. As the world’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site, you can spot wildlife such as grizzly bears, wolves, and elk, and the hydrothermal and geological features provide us with clues as to Earth’s evolution. Seriously, go.

Below is my photo journey through Yellowstone, the first leg of the trip. Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3!

Day 1

Waking up to the mountains on our first morning in Bozeman, MT

Driving towards Yellowstone through the Montanan mountains, still snow-covered

Mesa Falls, Idaho. The last good image of the day because the rest was foiled by a buffalo traffic jam!

Day 2

Day 2 – another buffalo traffic jam, but this time they left some space for us to pass on the left 🙂 It was so cold, some of the buffalo have frost on their backs!

Lamar Valley early in the AM with hopes of spotting bears, wolves, and other wildlife. No luck on the predators…

…but we did see a pronghorn!

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

This area of the country is known for huckleberries. Sampling the first of many huckleberry products, huckleberry ice cream!

Norris Geyser Basin (where they film alien planets for the movies?)

Day 3

Saw this bear near the road 😮

Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon

Impressive views and funky trees on the hike from South Rim Trail to Clear Lake Trail

Grand Canyon

Geyser that spits up water regularly in the Mud Volcano thermal area, home of muddy, boiling hot springs

Stunning pools in the West Thumb Geyser Basin, alongside Yellowstone Lake

Frolicking elk in the West Thumb Geyer Basin

Day 4

Midway Geyser Basin

Hiking the Fairy Falls trail to see Grand Prismatic Spring

It’s not a trip to Yellowstone without a good geyser eruption! This one in the Upper Geyser Basin is not Old Faithful, but was much more impressive.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. We cannot get enough of these pictures! So beautiful!


    1. Thank you! Actually I took all of them on an iPhone!

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  2. Very nice post! Love the pictures! We encountered Buffalo on the road in South Dakota, “I was afraid they were going to charge my Jeep!! They are just so big!!


    1. I know! Lucky for me, I wasn’t the one driving but it is scary when they are right next to the car! Thanks 🙂

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  3. Mary says:

    Gorgeous scenery! I’ve experienced duck, geese, and turtle crossings, but never buffalo!!


    1. Thanks! Yeah, it’s definitely unique and a bit scary because they are so large and fast!


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