9/10/16 (Saturday) in West Yellowstone, MT ( Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground – $42/night, N side)
As I noted yesterday, we drove to Artist’s Point first thing this morning and took more photos. It’s a double edged sword to have digital photography now days: you can take hundreds of photos (easy) but you need to sift through them all to find the best (hard).
We stopped at a couple falls; Gibbon (before Artist’s Point) and Tower (after). They were nice, but not spectacular.
Then we went into the Lamar Valley to find animals we could photograph.
We saw this Bison in the Lamar Valley but I can’t figure how to get his photo with the others!
Next we visited the Petrified Tree, standing all alone. Anatomically the trunk is indistinguishable from present day redwoods in California. This happened when a chain of volcanoes erupted here 50 million years ago. The rolling landslides of ash, water and sand buried forests. Before the trees could rot silica in the flow plugged living cells, creating “forests of stone.”
We continued our travels to the North Entrance (Gardiner, MT) and got pictures of the Roosevelt Arch. It was great fun walking through the “man door” at the side – so refreshingly cool, just from the rock.
On to Mammoth Hot Springs. We explored the lower terrace, but we chose not to take the upper terrace drive. It was getting late (we wanted to avoid the animal/people congestion) and we were getting low on gas. As it turned out, we hit less of that congestion and had enough gas to fill up in West Yellowstone. Yay! Sort of crashed once we got home.
Liberty Cap – a Hot Springs Cone – below
Upper Terrace (we peaked with our camera)