Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vacation Recap: Day 2

Wednesday morning we woke up and drove to the top of Signal Mountain to see the Tetons from up there.  We were so excited about the view!

the Tetons from the top of Signal Mountain

these yellow flowers are everywhere out there

Before we left Grand Teton National Park to head to Yellowstone, I wanted to go back to a turnout we had passed the day before to get some pictures.

this is one of our favorite pictures of us from the trip

After a few pictures we started the drive north to Yellowstone.  Along the way we stopped several times around the lake to take more pictures of the Tetons.  They're just so pretty we couldn't help it!

this is the picture I had been waiting for!  Love the reflection!

I think it took us about two hours to get to Old Faithful from where we were in the Tetons.  We also stopped several times once we got into Yellowstone - at an overlook of a river and then we also hiked to a waterfall.  There are so many places to stop and get out and look around that you could spend your entire day doing just that!  Once we got to the Old Faithful area, we spent some time walking around looking at all the different geysers and hot springs.  There are so many of them!  Everywhere you look there is steam coming out of the ground - it's crazy!

my favorites were the ones that were this beautiful blue.
the bluer the hot springs are, the hotter they are.

After we walked around looking at a bunch of the hot springs and geysers around Old Faithful, it was finally time to watch Old Faithful go off!

just getting started

it goes up so high!

Afterwards, we walked a couple of miles in the opposite direction of Old Faithful to look at more hot springs and geysers.  I have SO many pictures of all the different ones but this one is one of my favorites!

this is Morning Glory.  I prefer to call it Rainbow Hole.

We walked probably four or five miles in the general Old Faithful area looking at all of the hot springs and geysers.  And let me tell you: they smell SO bad!  Old Faithful didn't really smell, but as you're walking on the sidewalks/boardwalks by all of the littler ones, the hot steam hits you in the face and about knocks you over with the sulfur smell.  On our way back to the inn to get ready to eat dinner, we came across this guy!

our first view of bison!

Seeing all of the hot springs and geysers was pretty incredible.  Yellowstone has the largest concentration of them in the world, and it really is fascinating to see steam coming out of the ground, or to watch these huge puddle-like things gurgling and bubbling with hot water!  We stayed at the Old Faithful Inn the entire time we were in Yellowstone, and it was fun to watch Old Faithful go off several times a day and watch the other geysers going off around us.  In the evenings we always spent time in the Old Faithful Inn lobby, watching people, eating ice cream, and listening to this cute little old man playing the grand piano!

20 comments:

  1. aren't the grand tetons so amazing?! truly something else. that picture of morning glory looks so cool.

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  2. Wow, what a vacation!! I cannot imagine seeing Old Faithful up close + personal like that :)

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  3. Wow oh wow! It is so majestic there! I can't wait to take a family vacay there. It's just too beautiful for words! You took great pics!

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  4. Those are definitely some frame-worthy pics :) Your evenings sitting in the lobby watching people while eating ice cream sounds like so much fun!

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  5. Rainbow hole! WOWSERS! Its so beautiful I can't believe it! So jealous of you right now

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  6. The Rainbow hole is so neat. I've never seen anything like that!

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  7. Wow! That reflection picture is awesome!!!

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  8. Look at the view ... breathtaking! That pic of you two is so cute ... love those smiles :)


    ♥ Cat brideblu

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  9. WOW!!! You got some really stunning photographs! These are all just beautiful! The views you guys had were pretty unbelievable

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  10. Love the photos! I remember when I went to Yellow stone when I was a kid- I couldn't believe all the amazing geology stuff in one area of the world.

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  11. Great post

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  12. What a beautiful area. I cant wait to visit there. Love your photos. Thanks for sharing your vacation!

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  13. wow! amazing place!!! love the landscapes<3 seems like you guys had some fun :)

    xx
    http://www.trend-ish.com

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  14. I can't get over how gorgeous the water is in those hot springs! Too bad it smells, though. You're getting some mad photography skills!

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  15. So cool!!! These pictures are seriously awesome <3

    xo Jackie
    http://livingaftermidnite.blogspot.com

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  16. Wow. I just love being reminded of the beauty and power of the earth. And the earth just is. It doesn't put on a show, it doesn't need make-up. Its just perfect the way it is. Imagine if we all took a lesson from those mountains, eh?

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  17. I cannot explain how much I am loving these posts. I am swooning right now.

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  18. I just love the shots of Old Faithful! I remember seeing it as a little girl and thought it was the coolest thing. I so want to go back to that area and see it all again.

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  19. i'm SO jealous. i used to live out west and have been to yellowstone and glacier national park. so beautiful! i really miss it sometimes :[

    xx sharon lemonontherocks

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  20. Wow...morning glory (rainbow hole) looks sooo cool!! And I love that picture of the flower...great capture!

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