Yellowstone - Part II

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We stayed at the Snow Lodge so that we'd waste no time in rising early to explore and head towards Utah for Arches and Canyonland National Parks. It only the only on site lodge open to visitors amount of snow there was. Imagine that, snowfall in May! Unheard of in the south. We spent the day braving the cold and freezing wind at Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, Black Sand Basin, Sulphur Caldron, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and Yellowstone Lake before driving to just enjoy the snowy landscape. We spotted six different animals that day! It was quite an exciting time.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone
This is as much as you can see of the Grand Prismatic Spring. It is very colorful, as you can see through the vapors rising off the spring due to how cold that day was, not including windchill, but due to its size, the only way to see the classic, beautiful shot from above is with a drone or helicopter. Speaking of drone, someone's malfunctioned and crashed into the spring back in August...

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone
The mama osprey is an impressive architect, building her nest at such high altitude on a narrow ledge of rocks

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone
Yellowstone lake, frozen in May! My parents didn't know what this was at first, and quite frankly it looks like something out of a movie. Ice for as far as the eye can see.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone


Yellowstone
A lone photographer patiently stood at a far distance with his equipment because within a cluster of trees was a bear that almost no one else could see except him because he had the excellent telephoto lens.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Despite the gloomy weather, it was an excellent trip because best of all, there were barely any other tourists! Since we went during early May, students haven't finished school yet and the Europeans weren't on holiday yet. So at most sites, my family was the only ones there. Which was great because we could walk at our own pace and I could take excellent photos without strangers in the background. The park is huge and I love how the pathways were designed. They allow you to be close to nature without barriers obstructing your views. This would definitely be a great place to camp and hike around in the future!

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