May 1, 2009

Yellowstone National Park

Today we made our first venture into Yellowstone National Park using our America the Beautiful Annual Pass which we purchased at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge one year ago today. Support the National Park System by getting your own America the Beautiful Annual Pass for only $80.

Doug holds up his pass for everyone to see.

Yellowstone National Park is the 13th largest National Park by area and the 5th most-visited National Park.

Marlon points in the general direction of the nearest bear...pictures to follow soon hopefully.

Wildfires swept through portions of Yellowstone in 1988.

An elk searches for some tasty grass...

while a friend lounges nearby.

Next we found some bison.

This professional model took some time to give us a great profile shot...

as did this big guy.

Many elk bask in the sun beyond the stream.

Strolling down the highway.

This bison wasn't inebriated...he had no problem walking the line.
Portions of the park are still closed to humans in order to allow bears access to snow-free vegetation during the spring.
Thermal pool runoff fills many streams throughout the park.
Steam vents fill the air.
Spectators await showtime at Yellowstone's most famous geyser, Old Faithful.
Old Faithful erupts, on average, every 90 minutes.
This hot tub looks inviting on a cold winter day, but looks are deceiving. Has anyone seen "Dante's Peak"? Don't go in the water!
This one doesn't appear to be quite as warm.
Icicles prepare to bludgeon unsuspecting passersby.
Even geese can be found among the wildlife here at Yellowstone...
and they messy up the landscape here worse than at any city park we've ever seen.
Of course it was probably with the help of these guys, who held us up as we were leaving. They were NOT going the posted speed limit.
Catch some wildlife and geyser action...watch this video.
For more pictures, click here .

To be continued...

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