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Bozeman & Environs – A Montana Smorgasbord

I wrote in the last post that I was interested in seeing a few somewhat familiar places as well as some new places in and around Bozeman – lots to do as I wrote – the week offered a real variety pack of possibilities…

I hope I can make some sense of all that we did… Read more

Into Big Sky Country

As much as I thoroughly loved my wonderful stay exploring the “hot stuff” and canyons and falls of the lower part of Yellowstone NP, it was time to move on – Montana – my next destination – was just up the road

Montana has several nicknames, though none official as I had read, including: “Big Sky Country” and “The Treasure State”, and slogans that include “Land of the Shining Mountains” and more recently, “The Last Best Place”. Names that reflect the rich history and beauty of the state. Read more

Hunting Rainbows

Like so much about Yellowstone National Park, the colors and shapes that inspire artists have geothermal origins…

according to the 19th-century painter Thomas Moran…

“its beautiful tints were beyond the reach of human art”

though Moran still tried to capture this canyon on canvas

he produced a number of paintings of the Falls Read more

Geyser Gazers

After my fishing break, it was time to venture back into the Park to check out the thermal Granddaddy of them all – the Upper Geyser Basin Area – one of the three large geyser basins along the Firehole River – the area where the best known – Old Faithful – is located – and, where a number of the other geysers have eruptions that are predicted by the rangers. Read more

Gone Fishing

I mentioned in the previous posts about my first visits into the Park that I was looking forward to sunny days –

wanted days with bright sunny and blue skies.

I had read that a sunny day could produce rainbows in the mist of the falls and was also the best kind of day to photograph geysers – the water and steam shooting into the air looked best against a blue sky.

Unfortunately, the West is burning and it’s quite bad in nearby Idaho –

with westerly winds , smoke was filling the Park with a thick haze –

“white skies” were forecasted for days unless the winds shifted Read more

Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon

Although the thermal features are a primary draw for visitors to Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone rivers, lakes and magnificent waterfalls are an impressive draw too – and, a short drive over to the Canyon area didn’t disappoint

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the most magnificent canyons in the United States. Read more

World’s Greatest Collection of Geysers

With half of the earth’s geothermal features, Yellowstone holds the planet’s most diverse and intact collection of geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles. Its more than 300 geysers make up two thirds of all those found on earth. Combine this with more than 10,000 thermal features comprised of brilliantly colored hot springs, bubbling mudpots, and steaming fumaroles, and you have a place like no other. Geyserland, fairyland, wonderland–through the years, all have been used to describe the natural wonder and magic of this unique park that contains more geothermal features than any other place on earth.

I mentioned in a previous post that I was here, in part, to see the “hot stuff”. My location in West Yellowstone put me very close to that side of the park that contained the greatest concentration of thermal features. Read more

Primeval America

There’s nowhere in the world quite like Yellowstone. From its raging geysers to its free-roaming herds of bison, the land stands as one last remaining pocket of a wild, primeval America. As the world’s oldest national park and part of the world’s largest intact temperate mountain ecosystem, Yellowstone has become synonymous with environmental protection worldwide. Here you will find the country’s largest elk herds, the continent’s largest bison herd, and the world’s densest collection of geysers and fossilized forests, set in a land roamed by wolves, grizzlies, moose, and antelope.

After nearly two weeks of exploring Grand Teton National Park, it was time to break camp and head north – to Yellowstone National Park – the granddaddy of them all. Read more