Yellowstone National Park
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
47Trip End Jun 08, 2011
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Mammoth Hot Springs Cabins, Yellow Stone National Park
The park inspires awe in travelers from around the world...New Zealand and Iceland are known for geysers, but nowhere are there as many as in Yellowstone...At the heart of Yellowstone's past, present, and future lies volcanism..About 2 million years ago, then 1.3 million years ago, and again 640,000 years ago, hugee volcanic eruptions occurred here...The magmatic heart powering those eruptions still powers the park's geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mudpots...Yellowstone's wildlife includes bison (buffalo), elk, grizzly and black bears, trumpeter swans, bighorn sheep, coyote, mule deer, and wolf to name a few...
The first day we experienced a heavy snowfall when "arriving" at Yellowstone and also on our "departure"....During the course of three days we saw snow, hail, sleet, rain, and sunshine....I never saw such quick changes in the weather....Several roads were closed due to the adverse weather and a huge rock slide that closed the Northeast Entrance road to the North of Yellowstone..We were disappointed with the closure because the Lamar Valley area has a history of many wildlife sightings... Our personal sightings were elk, mule deer, pronghorn deer, grizzly and black bears, bison, rabbit, unknown water fowl, and the little uinta ground squirrel.