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Before I met my husband, I was not nearly as interested in hiking, camping or National/State parks in general. I always had an interest, but it was eclipsed by my need to discover other countries. Lou's travel interests are more domestic. He reopened my eyes to the beautiful country we live in, (a fact one might forget when living in the suburbs of New Jersey) our travels together have been mostly in search of great American landscapes. He is the best partner in crime, not only as a husband, but in our chosen field as well. I found myself becoming more and more interested in nature photography. We have become an unstoppable duo of adventure photographers! When discussing where we would like to Honeymoon, Yellowstone seemed the natural choice. Yellowstone National Park was always someplace we had wanted to go, so what better time to go then to celebrate our marriage. An amazingly beautiful place to explore , to hone our photo skills, and to appreciate the fact that we have indeed found the best person to spend the rest of our lives with. He's my Lobster!
We spent our honeymoon exploring Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson and parts of Idaho. We also visited some parts of Montana including Gardiner and West Yellowstone. It was truly the trip of a lifetime!
Much of Yellowstone sits atop a giant super volcano or caldera. Colorful hotsprings of turquoise blues and emerald greens, geysers blowing scalding water hundreds or feet in the air and gurgling, plopping, mudpots are all the result of volcanic activity from underneath the earth's surface.
Though Old Faithful is most definately the parks most famous feature, the wildlife here is hardly the second banana. Moose, Bison, Elk, Coyotes, Bears, Pronghorn Antelope...and the list goes on.
There are many other attractions in the park to take your breath away. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone has the Yellowstone River carving through it's multicolored walls and drops 300 feet to create the much photographed Lower Falls. (to name just one)
The feeling I got while we were in Yellowstone was really one of awe. What an ancient place. You could really imagine that some parts are just as they looked centuries ago. The thermal features give you a sense of how powerful our planet must be. It was a creepy yet peaceful feeling. This place has gotten in my head and in my blood, I feel a need to return so strongly I can't explain. I would drop everything and go right now if I could.
In 1988 wildfires tore through the park, burning acres and acres of pine forest. Many people were concerned that the beauty of the park would be lost. Fire has a regenerative quality though. Lodgepole pinecones actually NEED fire to open and spread their seeds. Without it, no new trees would ever grow. Large vistas that wouldn't have been seen before are now visable. Small green trees are growing in the dark thin shadows of their forefathers. Amongst the smaller trees, wildlife is easier to spot.
UPDATE! We have just returned from our 2nd Yellowstone trip! It was very different than our last and I have a ton of new tips to share with you. What an amazing place! :)
- Pros:Geysers, colorful hot springs, waterfalls and wildlife!
- Cons:Limited variety of food in the park and takes a LONG time to get out
- In a nutshell:An experience I wouldn't trade for the world
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