Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yellowstone National Park

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Wow, it's been awhile since I last blogged. Instead of the usual food talk, I am going to post about my recent trip to Yellowstone park.
Although Yellowstone Park is not terribly far from us, but still driving down there requires at least 12 hours. We left Seattle around midnight on a Thursday, and finally arrived next day at around 1pm. At this time of year, the road condition was still pretty good, only some rain showers along the way. However it was pretty cold in Idaho and Montana, just take a look at those snow capped mountain range.

By the time we arrived, everyone was super tired with the look to match. So the question is "Was it worth the drive?", and my answer is
"Definitely". Just take a look at the pictures below, they are worth a thousand words.

First up was Mammoth hot spring, the one spot I really wanted to visit. The reason is because this is one of the only 3 places in the world that have naturally existing travertine terrace. If you are wondering what travertine is, it's a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs. The most famous and largest site is in Pamukkale,Turkey, which I am determine to visit someday.
Of course, no trip would be complete without a visit to the famous Old Faith Geyser. To be honest, as famous as it is, it was not impressive at all. The reason is because there are tons of other Geyser around this area that are more grand (such as Riverside Geyser). Old Faith is just that: faithful, because you can calculate the time it will start.

This beautiful pool is called " Morning Glory" and requires a bit of a hike, but totally worth it. As beautiful as it may seem, but because of pollution from garbage/coins being thrown into the pool, the water will soon loose its beautiful blue center, as it's already showing in the picture.

Another absolutely beautiful hot spring area with beautiful colors. The green seen here is created by bacteria/fungi that thrives near hot springs.
This place is so diverse in terms of natural occurrences, this is a mud pot. Basically it's a mixture of mud and hot boiling spring water, thus it created these interesting bubbling mud pots.
Although many of the natural phenomenons at Yellowstone are created by the geothermal activities, but this one is not and also equally impressive. This is their Grand Canyon. Since it was beautiful that day, we even saw a rainbow. 
Yellowstone certainly have so much natural wonders, but they also offers a lot of natural wild life. Bison such as this one was seen through out the park. We also saw some elks and bears as well. 
As much as this post is about the natural beauty of Yellowstone, I have got to share their specialty cuisine as well: the buffalo burger. The meat was leaner in comparison to beef, but it was still juicy. The meal here was around $10, and totally worth it, just look at that huge patty. We went to a local restaurant right outside of North gate just in case if you are wondering.
Last but not least, I leave this post with this panoramic shot of Yellowstone. This place was amazing and beautiful, probably even more so in the summer when there is less steam coming off the hot springs. If you ever consider doing a road trip, this should definitely be in your top contenders :).

2 comments:

Kevin | 604 Foodtography October 20, 2011 at 5:20 PM

My parents took me when I was like...15.. I want to go back so badly now!

Jenny November 23, 2011 at 8:30 AM

It's my 1st time, now I can't wait to go back in summer, so I can see more without the steam

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