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Friday, April 29, 2011

"Y" Is For Yellowstone

"Falls" MM Sikes
A two-week stay in Yellowstone National Park may be the highlight of travels for the Passenger to Paradise. Four years ago, one of our daughters planned a special family trip to Yellowstone, and it was unforgettable. We discovered a photo op in every direction no matter where we were in the park.

Along the way we found that buffalo actually roam free and block the roadways as everyone stops, gets out of their vehicles, and takes pictures of the big lumbering animals. We learned that might not be a good idea because of the danger of being trampled or gored by one of the wild creatures.

Old Faithful MM Sikes
We spent part of our time at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, a beautiful and delightful place with its own resident artist displaying work painted on site. We also stayed at the Old Faithful Inn with a view from our window of Old Faithful geyser which actually erupts every 90 minutes or so.

Among the highlights of our trip were the cowboy trail ride with a BBQ dinner that featured unlimited steaks. We enjoyed the Yellowstone Grand Canyon and Mammouth Hot Springs.

"A Mudpot" MM Sikes
Touring the amazing mudpots was yet another unforgettable experience.

I would love to return to Yellowstone, but for now I'll just enjoy looking at some of the many photographs I took on this fantastic journey.

"Y" has to be for Yellowstone.


N. R. Williams said...

I would love to go there. I think the giant redwoods are first on the list though. Unless Disney World wins out. When you have small children around that can happen. Maybe soon I'll get to take a trip.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Great, Nancy! You're not so far away either.

Thanks for commenting.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh, this sounds like it was a fabulous trip. I've always wanted to go to Yellowstone, another place that is high on my list! Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos!

Southpaw said...

Yellowstone is amazing and beautiful. The colors and formations are incredible.

A-Z Fellow Challenger
Holly Ruggiero’s POV

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Julie and Holly, for commenting. Yellowstone is so special for the photographers!

Chuck said...

Monti that looks like a great trip. I have always wanted to go and know several people who have told me it was truly a sight to see. Maybe next year.

Felt Family said...

I live just an afternoons drive from Yellowstone and have always felt so fortunate to be so close. I'm so glad you were able to enjoy it. I think the mud pots are my favorite! Although it gives me a heart attack to walk around them with my young kids in tow. :) Thank you for sharing this post! Nice to meet you through A-Z.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Chuck, hope you get to go soon.

Felt Family, I cannot imagine being there with children in tow. Definitely heart attack time!

Thanks for commenting.