Yellowstone, Day 2, Norris and Old Faithful
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What can I say? There aren’t enough words to describe this day.
First up… a grizzly bear! It was digging hard for something.. possibly breakfast.
Not a great picture but you get the point.
Next up Norris. The visitors center was closed for the season although it didn’t much matter to us. As you finish walking the path that leads from the parking lot to the visitors center it’s like you have stepped onto another planet. This hike was most unusual which made it all the more special.
Steam Boat geyser is also found in the Norris area but on the other side from where we felt like we were on Mars. This geyser is the tallest in the world. The only way you get to see it shoot water 400 feet high is to be in the right place at the right time. Unlike Old Faithful this geyser is not predictable. We waited a few minutes… cause you never know. We were not in the right place at the right time but this was still cool to see.
Onward toward Old Faithful, cause how could we not. I’m not sure what I was thinking but I didn’t expect the amount of action and buildings this area of the park had… a large hotel, a visitor center, a general store, restaurants, fast food, a large walkway to the geyser and benches in a semi circle around the geyser, etc. Was it impressive? Sure it was but were there other areas of the park just as impressive, with much less activity and no man made structures taking away from the natural beauty? Yes! Don’t miss Old Faithful but I wouldn’t plan to spend much time there either. There are too many other things to see, especially if you are not pressed for time, which fortunately we weren’t. We still had another full day coming our way in Yellowstone when we reached Bozeman, MT, entering from the North.
Waiting on Old Faithful. I’m not sure the weather could have been any more perfect.
Here she is.
There are so many spots to stop as you travel the road around the park. A few more beautiful places.
This trip hasn’t always been easy and, in fact there have been extremely difficult days woven throughout this journey. Isn’t that what life sometimes hands us. But today was different, it wasn't one of “those” days. Today was beautiful and dare I say enjoyable. It’s days like these that I find myself full of gratitude that not only have I experienced this remarkable place but that I have also had the opportunity to do this with my children. That I have had the opportunity to question, discover, engage, inquire, and learn right along with them. What a treat it has been!