There was no fog, and it wasn’t raining this morning, but the skies were heavily overcast. We headed out for Yellowstone again anyway. On the agenda today was to visit Hayden Valley in hopes of seeing some wildlife. Any time I’ve been here in the past that valley is a good bet. Not today. Not one bison, elk, wolf or bear. We did see a couple of trumpeter swans, but after the last two summers at Tamarac, I’ve had much better views there.
Along the way, we stopped at the Mud Volcano area. That bubbling gray mud is really something to watch. I’m thinking that the last time I was here in 2010 that I didn’t stop at this area. I sure didn’t remember the Dragon’s Mouth Spring. There is a platform you can stand on right over the opening where the steam and chemicals belch out from underground. A man and I were standing there when a great belch of steam came out. Oh my. After breathing it, the man and I looked at each other and said, “yuck!” If that’s what a dragon’s breath smells like, I hope I never run into another one.
A commenter yesterday asked how the crowds are in Yellowstone at this time of the year. Well, it may be past Labor Day, but the crowds are still here. Not as many kids, of course, but lots of foreign languages going on. There are huge numbers of Asian visitors, and I hate to say that I’ve found many of them rather rude. Makes me wonder if perhaps they didn’t learn in Kindergarten to take turns and not push people out of the way. I’m not crazy about large crowds, and when those huge tourist buses arrive I kind of cringe.
Because of road closures, we turned around after the Gull Point Drive on Yellowstone Lake, and headed back toward home. It was afternoon by this time, and the sun was finally struggling to make an appearance.
A good time to take the rim drive to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. I remember hiking to the overlook of the lower falls way back in 1970. This time I took my walking stick, and Kurt was quick to point out to me that I was breaking the law by using a stick.
This view is one of my favorites in the whole park.
I had to get a picture of Kurt with the falls in the background.
The rainbow-like colors of the rocks in this area are so beautiful, and at the bottom is the Yellowstone River rushing through it. No wildlife pictures again today, but we’ve got one day left. Tomorrow we’re off to see the Mammoth Hot Springs.
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy