Mary Jayne Cassidy » Travel, Development, Spiritual Growth

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BEARLY WILD

YNP has a lot of wildlife but they aren’t always easy to spot. We missed seeing bears, but we saw a lot of other animals including bald eagles, pronghorn antelopes, bison, coyote, moose (from a distance), and several bull elks.

Did you know that moose, elk, and deer shed their antlers annually? Around March/April each year, the antlers are collected and sold. Apparently, they are ground up into a powder and sold (in Asia mostly) as an aphrodisiac. The antlers regrow at a rate of 1 inch per day.

AT THE LAKE

Yellowstone Lake is the highest altitude lake in North America sitting at just below 8,000 feet above sea level. The lake is great for fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming but the water is pretty cold. The lake is surrounded by various geothermal features (hot springs, geysers, etc…) so you must know where its safe for such water activities. We rented a boat to drive around one evening where I drove a boat for the first.

GOTTA HAVE FAITH

Did you know that Yellowstone National Park was the first park in the USA? And a must-see for high schoolers. What an incredible first-hand learning experience. I still can’t really tell you the specifics on how geysers, hot springs, paint pots, fumaroles, and other geothermal features work but its pretty cool to see them in person. I won’t bore you with fun facts, but here are some pictures (with more to come in the next few days).

The picture below is the Roosevelt Arch (completed in 1903) at the main entrance into YNP from Montana.

Below is “The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone”. The artist on the right has been working on this painting every day at the same time for the past 2 months.

Old Faithful is the most popular (and most predictable) geyser in the park, but not the most magnificent. Every 90 minutes (+/- 10 minutes), Old Faithful erupts shooting boiling water more than 100 feet in the air for 1-5 minutes. Pretty cool to see.

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