|Start: 11:00am, Friday August 30,2002
End: 9:00pm, Friday August 30,2002
|Distance Traveled Today: 248.1 Miles
Distance To Date: 2665.6 Miles
Our morning drive to the park gave us even more spectacular views of the Montana skyline. These enormous mountains next to these small farms gave us perspective on how huge they really are. Our plan for the park was to make the half loop on the east side and eventually make our way to Old Faithful on our way out. This worked out great... we were able to see many waterfalls and encountered quite a bunch of wild animals.
After a bit of driving we came across an extremely large moose. The park ranger who was there advised us that it weighed approximately 1200 pounds.
The Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls are quite beautiful. The park has made all the major sites very accessible so everyone can enjoy their beauty. There are paved paths set up leading to each and for the most part it is a very short walk. Some may say that it takes away from the parks beauty but the fact that someone in a wheelchair can also see these wonderful parts of nature makes it worth it.
After leaving the falls, we continued our loop and came upon some long horned sheep in the road. Of course this stopped traffic as everyone wanted to get a close look. There were some people that were even putting their hands out to touch them, not the smartest thing to do since these are wild animals. But we enjoyed watching them and after looking around saw that there were many more hanging out right next to the road on the mountainside.
The next batch of wild animals we came upon was a large group of Bison. For all of you who don't know what that is ( Amy didn't), a Bison is a large animal very much like a buffalo. They were also all over the road and making quite a lot of noise. One especially large one was particularly loud and making extremely interesting noises. There were quite a lot of Bison through the park since we saw them a couple of more times throughout our drive.
After driving along the Yellowstone River, passing numerous fly fisherman, we eventually came up to Yellowstone lake. The lake was much much larger than we had anticipated. The mountains in the background made the lake look especially spectacular. Once we were past the lake, we made our way up to see Old Faithful.
When we got to Old Faithful we were surprised to see a couple of Lodges and a large amount of people all sitting on benches waiting for the show. It was interesting just people watching before the water started. The water show lasted for about 2 minutes and was spectacular. At some points the water reached up to or over 35 feet high.
After Old Faithful we made our way south and went right into the Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton is attached to Yellowstone but still offers a different landscape than you see in Yellowstone. The large mountains looming over a lake seem like something you would expect to see in Alaska. We ended up calling it a night just outside of the Teton's in an area called Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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