I am going through pictures and went back to my Montana photos. I realized that I left you all hanging on that trip!
We loved Montana. It is one of the most gorgeous places on Earth. We were there for a family wedding so had all sorts of things planned, but we did find ourselves with a day to drive to Yellowstone National Park. We went in through West Yellowstone.
We were very lucky in that my brother-in-law agreed to drive so the rest of us could gawk at the scenery and randomly yell out for him to pull over and stop! We did actually pull into parking places, or areas completely off the road. Please don’t be one of those people that sees the rear end of a bison 200 yards in the distance, stops your car in the middle of the road and gets out! That part was incredibly annoying. It is also dangerous.
People struggled all day with the rules – there are active geysers. Here are some facts about Yellowstone, then I will get back to the rules and why you really should pay close attention to them.
3,472 square miles
That is more than 2 million acres
They have 1,000-3,000 earthquakes annually
There are 10,000 thermal features
Let me fill you in on thermal features. They are made up of super-heated water with temperatures exceeding 400 degrees Fahrenheit. There is molten magma under the surface. Some of the ledges around these bubbling pools of water and mud (look closely at my photos) are wafer thin. They aren’t going to hold you. There are giant signs everywhere telling you not to leave the boardwalks. I am not kidding you when I tell you that at the very first lot we parked in to take one of these boardwalk loops around we did not get 10′ onto the boardwalk before we saw some woman drop her water bottle and jump off the boardwalk. She was safe, but I wanted to scream “What are you thinking?? These rules apply to everyone! You can die here!”
I don’t want to scare you, because you should visit Yellowstone; we intend to go back. But Mother Nature is not to be messed with or taken for granted. I stole this right off a Yellowstone website: Yellowstone National Park remains a wild and sometimes fearsome landscape.
Take a look at this link – there are twelve campgrounds around Yellowstone. This is a great place to begin to learn more and understand the rules at Yellowstone.
I will come back another day with more tidbits about Yellowstone. We were not lucky enough to camp this time. We had to fly in and fly out. But one day in Yellowstone had me in awe and hooked on the idea of Steph and me getting back there in our camper!
Spring will be here sometime – might as well start planning!
It’s time to Get Out & Go!
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