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August 13, 2005

National Parks August 2005 - Yellowstone Day 1

Yellowstone 2005 Gallery LinkI left Idaho Falls in the morning, the drive to West Yellowstone went smooth. At a little bit more than two hours, it is shorter than you'd think. Plus, with every mile, the landscape becomes more impressive.

I entered Yellowstone NP at noon sharp. In case you haven't been there yet - this park stinks. Literally. An odor of sulfur and related chemical compounds is always with you. Having strong affection for fireworks, I didn't mind that though.

After a picknick at Beryl Spring and a visit to Artists Paintpots (a very nice start), it was time for the first highlight of the trip...

Norris Geyser Basin. Norris has it all, from the wide open Porcelain Basin to the hidden-in-the-woods Back Basin. In terms of geo-thermal features, it is the currently most active area in the park.

One important thing to mention is that while National Parks usually are great to relax, you have to be careful not to be affected by geyser eruption stress. Those pesky things just wait for you to turn around, then they go off. Running after the family with walky-talkies didn't help me, I missed the Echinus Geyser by a minute. From that point on, I decided to take it a bit easier.

On the way to Old Faithful inn, I stopped at Lower Geyser basin. After having seen deer throughout the day, I decided (vegetarians excuse me) to have Elk medaillons for dinner. Walking the meal off with a stroll, I witnessed my first Old Faithful eruption - at night.

Posted by Uli at August 13, 2005 11:59 PM


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