YellowSTONE and its HighLIGHTS
Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park. It is 2.2 million acres, most of which is located in Wyoming. Established March 1, 1872, Yellowstone is one of the most visited parks, up there on the list with Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Arches National Parks. I’m here today to tell you about some of the highlights.
* Old Faithful: This is the obvious place to start. Old Faithful is the largest attraction in the park, and unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard of it. Spewing water on a fairly predictable basis (see visitor center for predictions) the image of this geyser isn’t hard to find. Just peek into any gift shop, restaurant, or hotel. Keep in mind that, like the Mona Lisa, “Most Famous” doesn’t always mean “Best.”
* Grand Geyser: If you are willing to wait an hour and a half to have rolls “throwed” at you (see: Throwed, not Thrown), then you are probably willing to wait around for a few hours to watch a geyser erupt. Although Grand Geyser (above), the World’s Tallest Predictable Geyser, is um, predictable, there is a rather large time frame in which it might erupt. For example, when we saw it, the sign said “Eruption should be between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.” It erupted at 3:00 p.m. This gets my vote for “Best Geyser.”
* Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: Although this is not quite as big as that other Grand Canyon, it offers spectacular views. It seriously looks like a painting. And yes, it is called the Grand Canyon of THE Yellowstone, in reference to the river. The Grand Canyon of THE Yellowstone wins “Best Canyon.”
* General Stores: There is usually at least one of these in the vicinity. They sell everything from camping supplies to souvenir mugs to shirts that say, “Yellow(stone).”
* Other Hydrothermal Features: There are hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, and steam vents throughout the park. Some of the hot springs are Morning Glory Pool, Beauty Pool, and Chromatic Pool. Some of the other geysers include Spasmodic Geyser, Solitary Geyser, and Fountain Geyser.
Well, there you have it. Yellow(stone) in a nut(shell).