Now Yellowstone National Park is a cool place. It's a thermal hotspot and a dormant super volcano. I spent a lot of my K-12 education learning about Yellowstone, so I can tell you a lot about these kinds of things. There are geysers and rare wildlife and all sorts of crazy stuff. If you ever get a chance to visit, go.
But until then, here's a small taste:
|This is pretty self-explanatory, you know?|
|Heeheehee. Don't molest the animals. Please.|
For anyone who doesn't know, Old Faithful is a geyser. Geysers are hot springs where boiling water builds up pressure beneath the ground and then shoots a column of water/steam into the air. It's pretty cool. Old Faithful is unique because unlike most geysers, it has a decently reliable eruption timetable.
|Old Faithful Inn, which is super historic. They have ice cream too.|
|Look at that cute red door!|
|And the gigantic fireplace of death.|
|For some context, here I am standing next to the giant fireplace.|
|You should also know that the inn is very wooden.|
|The Old Faithful Visitor Center . . . buried in snow.|
|I love how the inside window is completely blocked. :D|
|Another context image. Me, our truck, and a bunch of snow drifts.|
|And finally, Old Faithful itself.|
See, wasn't that interesting? Now we're going to segway slightly to Gardiner, MT. The park entrance in Gardiner was actually the first one built, so it's a nifty little town. It's also quite close to the campground I stayed in, so I went there pretty much every day.
|The Roosevelt Arch just outside of the park entrance.|
|Historic tour buses that convert into snow coaches, which is just awesome.|
|And a helpful sign for lost tourists.|
Well that's all the pictures for today, but you will definitely get to see some more goodies before the week ends. Including bears. And hot springs. And maybe even a creepy tree or two.
Until then, how many of you have been to Yellowstone? Did you have a good time? Or is it one of those places that you plan on visiting in the future? Tell me in the comments.