The nation’s first National Park was approved by Congress in 1872. Yellowstone National Park is located in Montana,Idaho and Wyoming and offers over 250 miles of pavement within the park boundaries. There are five entrances and eight visitor centers, hundreds of miles of back country trails and an infinite number of animals to view.
We always like to make a list of what we see, this trip it was elk, buffalo, crow, eagle, hawk, geese and while we didn’t see any in the park, we saw tons of deer this trip. On our list of things to see is the people, you know the ones you can refer to as “tourons” – that’s a cross between tourists and morons – they always make the list. In the off-season, there aren’t very many people, but, of course, there is always someone doing something stupid. Friday, it was the little Toyota that seemed to think the buffalo would move just by beeping its horn. You gotta wonder what the buffalo were thinking with this little car on their butts.
A couple of years ago, K and I were in my Mini in the middle of a herd of buffalo. When one of the buffalo turned toward the driver’s side close to K’s window, she freaked out, I laughed so hard, but not as hard as the bus driver in the lane facing us. A great memory.
Yellowstone is a park that every one should get to, it is a national treasure. There is so much to see. From Mammoth Hot Springs to Canyon to Tower. Old Faithful is a must see as well as the Paint Pots. My favorite is Norris Geyser Basin and Firehole Canyon (you can swim here). It doesn’t matter what time of year you go to Yellowstone, just go. My friend, Dr. Pam and I went snowmobiling in Yellowstone two years ago. They make you take a guide and put you on 4 cylinder snow machines these days, but it is still worth the trip.
Plan now, make Yellowstone your vacation destination for 2012. It is worth the effort to get there.