Thursday, August 23, 2012

But where is the Yellow Stone? Part 2

In which we get up close and personal with super-sized hairy mammals, stupid people, magnificent waterfalls and ancient ruins.  

See the butterfly?  We saw lots of these!

Found the rest of the bison.  This was Hayden Valley.  If you drive through you are sure to see several herds.

One guy leaving the group...

Some not smart people.  I couldn't figure out what they were thinking!  One wrong move and they'd be gored by the biggest animal in the park.

More not so smart guys...

This was taken from the car window.  He was clooooose.
And enormouser than many of the others (and that's not just
 because I made the picture x large.  He really was.
 Believe you me.  H. U. G. E.)

These are the Upper Falls of Yellowstone's Grand Canyon, viewed from a super steep walk down to the crest of the lower falls.  Did you know Yellowstone has a grand canyon?  I didn't.
Crest of Upper Falls, they end some 300 + ft down below.  This was a lookout to make anyone a little doozy.  

Lower Falls.  These falls are taller than Niagra but not as volume-ess.

Right in front of our car
Haylee took this one from the back seat with no special zoom lens.
This big guy was that  close.
 I love that you can see BJ in the mirror.

Our black bear friend.  This was on our way back from the Falls, just on a crest by the road.  This big guy caused a heck of a lot of traffict (as the girls like to call it, "are we in traffict again?)

Searching for the famous 5 foot wide osprey nests.  Apparently, they're pretty common in the canyon.

This and many of the following are all of the Upper Falls and all from the most famous picture-taking, artist-painting spot in Yellowstone.  It's called Artist Point.  Go figure.
They may look bored and really really tired.  They were.
But they really were impressed with the falls and enjoyed seeing them.
Maybe not from the 15 different look-outs we visited but who's counting?
 (Besides Bree of course..."Is this the last one yet?  Can we please go back to the campsite??)
Almost every look-out we went to for the falls/Grand Canyon
 just took my breath away.
The grandeur and perfect beauty of it was just amazing.
 Pictures could never do it justice.
 As you can see though, that didn't stop us from taking them. :)

A very nice lady who repeatedly told us what a cute family we had
 (she wasn't the first and no I'm not bragging.  So we have cute kids, so what?
 One lady even asked to take our picture on her own camera!)
offered to have her husband take our picture.  Apparently he'd done it before
 because he almost charged us a minimal fee.

Upper Falls, now up close.  Smaller than the Lower Falls but still magnificent.

The Petrified Tree of Yellowstone, some 50 million years old.


the Bartlett fam said...

You do have a very cute family, it's true.

Tammy and Alvin said...

I think it's awesome that you guys took a family vacation - just the 5 of you. So many of our trips are to see family, that we don't often do trips with just our own little family. And you camped. That's a true family vacation! Love the hand holding picture at the end.

Decker and Christine said...

So fun! I love the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone! That's my favorite part, too.

Mindy and Jason said...

Glad you got to go and have fun!

Thanks for sharing these great pictures!

city said...

thanks for sharing.