|standing right next to the top of Lower Falls|
|view of the canyon from Lower Falls|
|overlook of Lower Falls|
ok in this next picture I've put arrows pointing to this diagonal line (maybe click on the picture to make it larger) that is a very steep set of stairs. This trail and all of these steps is known as Uncle Tom's Trail. It takes you 3/4 of the way down into the canyon to give you an awesome view of Lower Falls.
|the steps of Uncle Tom's Trail from across the Canyon|
Later in the day we went to the other side of the canyon and hiked down Uncle Tom's Trail. The steps were SO steep and basically hanging over nothing! Which was really scary! Going down I just looked at my feet so I didn't freak myself out. It was totally worth it once we got to the bottom, though! Going back up was a different story: it was so steep and there were so many stairs, and climbing hundreds of stairs at 8,000 feet of elevation was a bit much for me. I was literally gasping for air and my legs were still burning like two days later. But it was fun, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone who goes to Yellowstone!
|view of Lower Falls from Uncle Tom's Trail|
|we were so close to the falls!|
After Uncle Tom's Trail we went to Artist's Point, which we heard was the best view of the canyon. We would have to agree!
|view from Artist's Point|
After we left the Canyon area we went to Tower Falls. We were disappointed that the trail to the bottom of the falls was closed, due to water and the trail being washed out.
|my first time seeing elk!|
On our way back to the inn at the end of the day, we drove by Yellowstone Lake to get a view of something different. It was very pretty, but basically your typical lake. We decided we didn't want to spend any time there because we've been to other lakes. We did stop at this mud volcano though - so weird!