Today was geyser day at Yellowstone for us. We toured the rest of the geyser basins around Old Faithful, the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins. We started at the Black Sand Basin which is about a mile from Old Faithful. I did my best to name these geysers and other hot features accurately, but probably got some of them wrong. But as Jennifer said, we saw things that bubble, stink, and squirt. And that just about sums up hot pools, fumaroles, and geysers.
I forgot to mention yesterday that we were slightly delayed while coming in to Yellowstone. But now I can mention it again with a better photo of the bison that slowed us down. Fortunately for us, he was on the other side of the highway. Imagine the backup behind him in the other lane of traffic.
We arrived last night in Yellowstone NP after a very long day of driving. We drove 487 miles in 10 hours to go from Glacier NP to Yellowstone NP. We try to drive no more than 400 miles in a day, but we didn't want to spend an extra day traveling for 87 miles, so we made it through the long day.
Today, we drove to Many Glacier, a valley in the northeast park of Glacier National Park. I assume it was named because at one time, there were many glaciers there. Today, many have disappeared although there are still some to see and to hike to. We didn't hike to any glaciers today because of the distance. We did hike to Redrock Falls, which were much closer and a hike we felt we could do. And we did. The trail takes you through a forest and past two lakes.
Today wasn't as great a day of exploring as yesterday. We got a later start and found that many of the parking lots for the hikes we wanted to take were full, so we had to drive around to find spaces. Even the St Mary VIsitor Center lot was full so we had to hunt for a spot, which we found.
We left Mt Rainier National Park and spent a night in Couer d'Alene, Idaho, on our way. The lake and river seem nice enough but we were just passing through. And the RV park was a bunch of close packed rigs, only good if you want to enjoy the river that was right there.
We are in Mount Rainier National Park with two of my sisters and a cousin and their families. For the last 3 days, we have been seeing the park around Paradise. What an appropriate name! We have also enjoyed seeing one sister's new property, 8 acres adjoining the National Park with two cabins up the hillside. It's a lovely place and I am sure they will enjoy it for many years.
There's a good reason it's called the Grand Canyon. It is really grand. The canyon is really unbelievablhy large. We approached the park from the east, and drove through the Little Canyon area on the way. It's pretty large and spectacular. And then you get to the Grand Canyon. You just have to stop and gawk. It is so large, wide and deep.
In the southwest United Stated, there are lots of places where you can see ruins of ancient people's dwellings. Mesa verde National Park holds, for me, a unique position in these. You can see many ruins, and can actually walk through some of them, including dwellings on flat ground and in the side of cliffs.
Mesa Verde is on a mesa, of course, and is at the side of a valley. Across the valley, we saw several mountain ranges with sno covered peaks.