An Idiot, A Broad: Yellowstone

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After leaving Cody, WY we headed west to Yellowstone National Park.  Before we even got to the park we were in awe of the beauty of our surroundings as the road winded alongside Buffalo Bill Reservoir and the Shoshone River.

Before going to Yellowstone I asked around to people who had been there, ‘What are the ‘must-sees’ of Yellowstone?’  In doing my research, I saw the park was massive, and knew that I wouldn’t get to see it all,  so I wanted to know, what should I not miss?  No one really had any real answers for me.  After being there I totally understand why.  Yellowstone has so much to offer, and it’s all must see.  Every last inch.  Forests, mountains, waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, lakes, and canyons, Yellowstone has it all.  We didn’t even make it all the way through the park and I felt like I had visited 10 different states.  And every square inch of it is breath-taking and beautiful.

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Our route from Cody, through Yellowstone and then to Jackson, WY. A detour due to construction made our trip much longer, but added Idaho to my list of visited states!

We foolishly only planned a few days to be at Yellowstone.  Construction on the roads lead to a massive detour, lost time and cut our visitation down to only one day, which was no logical amount of time to see even a fraction of what Yellowstone offers.  And as frustrating as the construction detour was (we had to backtrack and travel through Montana & Idaho) I was still so thrilled by everything we experienced, looking back, it’s hard to harbor ill will when everything else was nothing but purely pleasurable.  I’ll always look back on it fondly.

I could tell you every last bit of what we saw, but it would really just bore you, as it would be a massively long document.  And words could not do it justice.  Instead, I’ll leave you with the pictures I took, as they say so much more, with much fewer words.

A few place I would say are ‘must-see’ are Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs, and any and all geysers.  But really, see everything.

Yellowstone is definitely a place I encourage anyone to see while they are still breathing.  And plan for several days to take it all in.  It is definitely among my favorite places I’ve been, so far, and I plan to return before my time on Earth is done.  It is absolutely beautiful.  If you don’t appreciate life, you will after you see Yellowstone.  Or at least respect it.

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Sylvan Lake panorama
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Yellowstone Lake panorama
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Indian Pond panorama
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Buffalo could be seen, from save distances!
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‘The Dragon’s Mouth’
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Mud volcano
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A lone roadside buffalo
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Tower Falls
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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs

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