Awesome place. We made a somewhat whirlwind tour of the place, but it left stuff to go back and see again some time. I look forward to it.
|There is a town you go through to get here, but then you round a corner and you see this.
|No! Don't stop in the middle of my shot! How rude.
|Sister and niece looking cool near the Mammoth Hot Springs.
|The expression on my face is due to the stench of sulfur throughout this whole part of the park.
|The cave of the dragon.
|The steam coming out is like a dragon's breath.
|And the occasional sound it makes is like a dragon's roar.
Me:(Actually, it's the buildup of heat and pressure that gets released as steam.)
|Me at some more stinky springs. It's only a few miles from Mammoth, but cold enough for a sweater.
|Driving along, we saw this layer of pinnacles across a canyon.
|I wonder if there are pinnacles on this side of the canyon?
|I'm not about to climb down to find out, though.
|And there's another layer further down. No educational signs nearby about them, though.
|Looking to the west. Is there a nest down there?
|Yes. And with a nesting bird, as well. Could just barely see it with the naked eye, and even with the zoom it was hard to see. But we see it now full-size on the computer screen.
|Nice lens flare effect, sis. See the walkway waaaay down there? We didn't go down that far.
|Stunning scenery that's hard to capture in a camera lens.
|Looking towards the south rim. We were hungry and tired after our first day's tour, and we had plenty more to see the next day, so we skipped it.
|This area reminded me a lot of the Puget Sound. Calm, cold water, hazy sky, cool breeze. Islands carved by glacier.
a) Patrick is very photogenic from behind.
b) Janna is a very good photographer.
c) Both a & c.
d) Something else equally silly.
|The lake is huge. I imagine when it's warmer it's filled with boats.
|Yellowstone's most famous tourist trap: Old Faithful.
|Is that it?
|Niece not as cool without her shades.
|A geyser near Old Faithful.
|Or was it a steam vent?
|It's eruption seemed to go on for a while.
|The historic Old Faithful Lodge. Half the restaurants in the park were shut down (including the one in the lodge), as it was off-season. Yet the weather was so warm they had almost a full load of visitors in the park. It made finding food a chore.
last modified 24 November 2009