2nd day in Yellowstone - The Grand Canyon

Trip Start May 22, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2010


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

I directed my sisters to a different area of Yellowstone National Park.  I had a really good book which was published in 2001.  It is titled, I think, Family Fun in Yellowstone National Park, and the author is Robin TawneyIt provided excellent information about where things were in Yellowstone.  We stopped at Artist Paint Pots.  It is given the name due to the colors from dissolved minerals and hot water algae and bacteria.  There is a 0.6 mile roundtrip developed trail with a boardwalk and over 50 different colorful hot springs, several small geysers, steam vents, and mudpots that continously spurt mud into the air.  Bison hang around in this area due to the warmth. 

We stopped at Canyon Village Visitor Center and watched two movies and viewed exhibits.  Off we go.  We are going to Artist Point which is one of the most photographed views in Yellowstone.  This area is called the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.   The rocks are a variety of colors - black, gray, light pink, orange, and yellow, even lavender.  This is a must stop in Yellowstone.  It is beautiful.  I think even more beautiful than the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  The artist Thomas Moran said, "its beautiful tints were beyond the reach of human arts."  The depth of the canyon ranges from 800 to 1200 feet and the width is 1500 to 4000 feet.  In this distance we can see the Lower Falls which is 308 feet high.

I was not feeling well, so my sisters left me in the car and they went hiking on the South Rim Trail.  Snow is present.  They got to Uncle Tom's Trail, but it was closed due to snow and ice.

Our next stop was the Upper Falls Viewpoint.  These falls tumble 109 feet.
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