Three days in the park
15.06.2017 - 18.06.2017
Yellowstone tries hard to keep the experience of the park as close to nature as it can, a tradition that dates back at least to the early 20th century when the superintendent wanted to prohibit cars in favor of keeping stagecoaches. Today, the hotel rooms have indoor bathrooms and heat, but TVs and the internet are still not available so the only time you tend to spend in the room is for sleeping.
Consequently, in three days we covered a lot of the park: the three geyser basins, the lake, the Grand Loop Road, Mammoth Springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We saw numerous bison and mule tail deer, a couple of bears, and Debbie and Chesirae saw a big horn sheep while I was driving.
My favorite spots were Minerva Terrace and the waterfalls at the top of the Grand Canyon, the first a unique natural structure, nothing like it in my experience; the second dramatic action in a spectacular setting.
Wedged in-between the family gathering and parties in Jackson and our trip to Paris, Yellowstone was a quiet oasis, oddly away from people even though tens of thousands of people visit the park each day.