Yellowstone Day One
Touring The Grand Loop
We made it! Yellowstone Day One. Our youngest daughter and her family have joined us in this trip to Yellowstone National Park. We came in through the west entrance. After driving a few miles we are thrilled to see so much water, green grass everywhere and finally see our first Bison just lounging in the morning rays of the sunshine.
Our first stop is at Terrace Spring on the Grand Loop Road. It is a great introduction to the geothermal springs at Yellowstone and a nice place to stop and wonder a bit.
Our next stop is Gibbon Falls – a very popular stop on the grand loop. Even with all the people, it was easy to get some great pictures. There are several places to take pictures of the falls at different angles. With a drop of around 84 feet and lots of water pouring over it with the spring run-off it is an impressive sight.
This is one of the hottest and should we mention the smelliest springs in Yellowstone. Beryl Spring is in the Gibbon Geyser Basin just past Gibbon Falls.
Artists Paint Pots
This offers a great hike over to the different types of springs. We saw mud pots, which bubbled up hot mud (which according to our grandchildren smelled like bacon) and lots of steaming springs. What made this even more special were the views over a valley with lots of wildflowers and to the snow capped mountains on the other side of Yellowstone.
The Norris Basin Tour took the remainder of Day 1 at Yellowstone. There are lots of places to view, with the Steamboat Geyser shooting high in the air. There are also many different colors of springs and flowing streams indicating the different types of bacteria living here. Incredible hiking paths led to opportunities to photograph the immensity of the Yellowstone Caldera.