Yellowstone National Park is a vast place that is impossible to comprehend unless you experience it in person. And still, it’s hard to believe how vast the landscape really is. I’m still driving around with my mouth agape, eyes bulging. We drove from the eastern to western border on our first day here (about 80 miles). Yesterday, we headed north to Mammoth Hot Springs, took a quick detour in and out of the north gate for photos of the Roosevelt Arch, and then went south to Tower Falls and the “Grand Canyon” of Yellowstone. It took all day to drive this 100+ mile route and oh, my, was it gorgeous. Along the way we drove up into the clouds (and colder weather!) to conquer Mount Washburn, elevation 10,243 feet. The lookout was amazing, but the road ascending and then descending had me on the edge of my seat a few times. Luckily my chauffeur wasn’t affected by sharp drop-offs and perilous hairpin turns.
Click on the thumbnails below for images of our travels. You’ll see the photos of the springs and Officer’s Row in Mammoth Hot Springs, miles and miles of views from our high-evelation journey, and rushing waters of Tower Falls and Yellowstone’s canyon. There are a variety of ways to get better views of the waterfall, if you’re a brave person. I, however, am not. In fact, just the thought of my kids descending a steep mountainside for a closer view is enough to give me a panic attack. Literally. I realize how ridiculous that sounds, but my neurosis sometimes knows no bounds.
Anyway … here’s a look at our northern Yellowstone journey, including our bear sighting!