Yellowstone with the Family: The Best Places to Stop

I promised you pictures days ago!  But then the dog got lost and we spent hours looking for him, even though he was most likely running in the opposite direction.  Then it got HOT.  And I am still unpacking boxes in the garage two whole weeks after the move. 

I am now the proud owner of a year pass to the National Parks.  Can you believe that?  I don’t know how I lasted in Vermont so long. 

So here is a little show of our first trip through Yellowstone and all my favorite places:

From the East Gate, just before Yellowstone Lake on the right is Butte Overlook.  The side road winds back and up for the best view of the lake and on the clearest days a view of the Tetons.

And this tree at the Overlook that I love:

Yellowstone Lake is a great place for skipping stones on a still day.  There are plenty of large flat rocks.

Fishing Bridge is always a good place to stop and walk out so that you can see the fish or check out the view.

West Thumb Geyser Basin is now one of the best if you’re looking for beautiful blue hot spring pools.

Old Faithful is as cool as ever

But my old favorite, Morning Glory Pool, is an orange color now instead of its awesome blue.  There are signs up saying that there is an overgrowth of bacteria due to all the trash thrown into it, but I’ve also heard that as the aquifer shifts it has lost its color.  I know that things in Yellowstone always change.  Geysers come and go.  Old Faithful skips eruptions.  All of this tells me that We Have Very Little Control Over Anything.

At this point in the trip we were all very tired of seeing everything and decided to go home.  The park is huge.  It’ll take us several summers to see even a little of it.

Oh, and on a little tangent, the signs the say “STAY ON THE BOARDWALK.  DANGER. THERMAL AREA.  CRUST IS THIN.”  are important.  You can DIE.  I don’t know how many people we saw ignoring these signs and just walking around between the geysers.  My good friend Jay once accidentally put one foot off the boardwalk just before Triplet Geyser at Old Faithful and boiling water filled up his footprint as we were standing there.  It’s Survival of the Smartest People.

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