September 21, 2010

Fall in Yellowstone National Park

We and Candice went into the park today to see some of the fall colors. This bison (or buffalo) was taking it easy in some of the grass that had changed colors.

This elk tried its best to blend in with its surroundings.

The grass around many of the geysers had already turned from green to yellow (or is that brown?).

The mud pots were still muddy.
Fall is here at Yellowstone National Park, but you have to enjoy it while it lasts.

We stopped by Upper Yellowstone Falls and captured these pictures.

Notice the steps on the other side. Who in their right minds would go down them?

Wildlife was all around us today. To see some of it, we had to keep a sharp eye out.

Well, we found our way to those steps in the prior picture. Uncle Tom's Trail has over 300 steps. Luckily, they removed the extra 200 steps and the rope ladders the trail originally had.

Looking down where the steps begin to the workout that awaits.

You want to hold onto the rails here and imagine that now you had to climb down some rope ladders too.

Down at the bottom, it was time for a snapshot and a brief rest.

We were standing on the platform to the right of the Falls when we snapped the first picture of the steps earlier.

The parking lot for the other side of the Falls is above this ridge.
A longer shot of the Falls.

The only problem going down Uncle Tom's Trail is that you eventually have to go back up Uncle Tom's Trail. Let the huffing and puffing begin!

Buffalo roam...

and wallow in the dirt.

One last look at the Buffalo.

In the distance, you can see the thermal water running into Yellowstone Lake.

I see you!!!

Human feet are bigger than elk feet.

This is the West Thumb Geyser Basin which sits next to Yellowstone Lake.

Time for a picture.

I guess humans use this trail so it must be okay to walk on.
I just want to get to the other side.

We have crossed the Continental Divide many times this summer.

It was getting late. Before heading home, we got these great pictures of Yellowstone in the evening.

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To be continued...

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