yellowstone national park in one day / 9.16.16

So by this point we have had a lot of practice going to National Parks, but even with our months of practice and experience; seeing all you want to see inside Yellowstone National Park is no easy feat. The enormity of this park is hard to wrap your mind around, but in order to see everything you want to see in a day, you need to pick and choose what you want to see, and what you feel like you can skip. We personally didn’t feel like we needed to see 40 different geysers, 2 or 3 was enough for us. But lots of people travel from all around the world to spend a week or longer inside this unforgettable National Park, and I can see why. 

Our first stop for the day were the Mammoth Hot Springs (just south of the North Entrance). 

Here, there are different levels of hot springs terraces, and lots to see on every level. This was my first look into the beauty and amazingness of how these limestone formations have formed, and created colorful textured art within the earth’s surface. 

Next, and most memorable for me, was the Norris Geyser Basin and Museum. Again, the colors that these geo-thermal pools create is amazing, and well worth the 2 1/4 mile walk through. The combination of the steam, strange smells, and range of bright colors and textures- made this experience unforgettable and I left very creatively charged. 

Our last stop was the Midway Geyser Basin. By this point we were exhausted, not only had we also been stopping at other small turnouts to take pictures along the way- we had been walking miles and miles, back and forth, getting lost in the beauty of the geothermal pools

The Midway Geyser Basin contains, most notably, the Grand Prismatic Spring. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it is difficult to take in the beauty of such a large spring, when the visibility of it is low. It would be nice if Yellowstone would offer a lookout point, to be able to see the Spring from above a little easier. 

After a long and exhausting day, I couldn’t have been happier with Yellowstone. It is very difficult to be able to put the beauty of this place into words, but I highly recommend this National Park to anyone, really. It has been one of my favorites, as far as how incredibly unique it is. Still can’t believe this place exists in the good old United States!