This was our first trip to Yellowstone National Park ever. The only comment that I think is appropriate is that if you don't like what Yellowstone Park has to offer, then you just don't like the outdoors! Period!
Since we'll be breaking posts to Yellowstone into several blogs, I've decided to call this Part 1. I'll also be including a highlighted map of our travels for that day's travels in each blog.
Here is an over view map of Yellowstone National Park.
|(Courtesy of NPS.gov)|
Here is our travel for today's blog.
|(Courtesy of NPS.gov)|
Getting a bit closer to the East Entrance.
Our first stop was at Lake Butte Overlook. This gave us our first glimpse of Yellowstone Lake. At an elevation of 8348 feet we were able to see some of the peaks in Teton National Park to the south.
Looking a bit toward the northwest toward Fishing Bridge. We learned that Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake in North America above 7000 feet. It has a maximum depth of almost 400 feet.
Our next stop was at Fishing Bridge Visitor's Center to eat lunch outside and to obtain general information about the park. There's a small rocky beach area adjacent to Yellowstone Lake in this area.
Same area with mountains in the background.
There are a multitude of pullouts, picnic areas, and viewing areas for wildlife throughout the park. (That's a good thing as "critter backups" are quite common when wildlife is spotted.) We left the Fishing Bridge area and heading north. We saw a sign for LeHardys Rapids and the lot of stopped cars, so naturally we had to investigate. The first thing we saw was this Yellowstone Touring Bus. I learned later that this was one of the first ways folks toured the park in years gone by. Today, anyone who has the appropriate amount of cash can take a tour.
Here's another viewing looking upstream.
I decided to check out the water temperature. Afterall, it is early July. Diagnosis: Still pretty chilly!
|Dragon's Mouth Spring|
|Black Dragon's Caldron|
This picture really does not give you a true "feeling" for the canyon. The steepness of the canyon walls are quite impressive and very colorful.
Oh, wondering why it's called "Artist's Point"? Because there actually was a true artist on site painting.
Let me add one picture of those unimpressive Upper Falls.
We stopped at Canyon Village Visitor and Education Center to view an introduction to the park film and browse a very nice center. By now it was almost 5:00 PM. We were getting hungry and we knew we had a long drive back to Cody. We ate dinner in the dining area and then began re-tracing our route back toward the East Gate.
With evening closing in, several forms of wildlife were a bit more active. This meant "critter jams" along the way as folks pullover (or sometimes just stop in the road) to view buffalo, elk, bears, deer, and possibly coyote or wolves.
We only saw a few of the above mentioned this time, but they certainly are a sight to see. Here's a large elk grazing and not really paying much attention to anyone watching him.
Here's an instance where I would like to have my older camera with the nicer zoom lens again. Hopefully you can see momma and baby buffalo in the distance as the little guy tries to keep up.
Thank you for hanging in their and reading about our first trip to Yellowstone National Park. To say that this is a BIG park is an understatement. We spent all day there and barely scratched the surface. We probably won't be making anymore trips to Yellowstone until we re-locate next week to just south of the West Entrance.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!