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Yellowstone National Park
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Sept. 6 - 9, 2003

Back in the
Lower 48
(south from Alaska)

Glacier Nat'l Park

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Grand Tetons


National Parks
I've seen


Denali NP

Glacier NP

Grand Canyon

Grand Tetons

Olympic (WA)



Malia's Miles

Crater Lake

Hot Springs



Places I've


(Alaska trip)
Victoria, BC

Cedar Point


New Orleans

New York
  Niagara Falls
After 9-11

Oregon Coast/
CA Redwoods



We had only planned to spend two days, but after spending the entire day exploring just one of the loops and its side roads, we decided it would be ridiculous to be this close and not see more, and we wanted to go back through the upper loop that held the Minerva Terraces and the little interesting roads that offshoot from it.

Minerva Terrace

Of course, we stopped at Old Faithful who remained faithful and put on its show for us. I enjoyed reading another 1870 account of its spouting off:

"We were convinced that there was not on the globe another region where … nature had crowded so much of grandeur and majesty with so much of novelty and wonder. Judge, then, of our astonishment on entering this basin, to see at no great distance before us an immense body of sparkling water, projected suddenly and with terrific force into the air to the height of over one hundred feet…"

It was another example of thinking I had known what something was all about, but realizing I knew nothing until I had witnessed it with my own two eyes.

In Anchorage I had a bear in my backyard. Here in Yellowstone we had buffalo moseying through our front yard this morning. I glanced out my front window and saw a big brown hump going by. As I got up for a closer look, I couldn't believe there were six buffalo strolling down my driveway! As I stepped carefully outside onto my front step, one turned and looked at me, but kept right on trucking down the road. I was happy I got some good pictures as proof of my unusual neighbors in Yellowstone.

We wound up seeing several individual and then several herds of them as we drove around today. Once when I stopped to get gas, a man at the station said that up ahead there was a "buffalo jam" - a usual occurrence in the park when those big guys decide to take a stroll within view of the road.
It was also interesting to see the result of nature's way of clearing underbrush for better forest growth. The big fire of 1988 affected 38% of the park and the charred trees and the "stubs" (the dead but still not fallen ones) still abound throughout large areas. However, also in evidence is the new growth trees that were naturally reseeded by the fire and mom said it is a perfect picture of the cycle of life - the old dying and the young taking their place.
Grand is an understatement: Grand Teton National Park 

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