Showing posts with label WATERFALLS 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WATERFALLS 2012. Show all posts

Friday, November 8, 2013

Yellowstone Visit 9/20/13 --Day 2 Continued

Hayden Valley in Yellowstone
If you want to see my posts so far from our Yellowstone trip in September of 2012,  click HERE.    I am posting info on that trip in the order that it happened... So---today,  I'm posting the rest of our day (Day 2) from that trip.

We left the Canyon area and headed south --since I wanted to see HAYDEN VALLEY--which I had heard so much about.  IF you go to Yellowstone and want to see LOTS of wildlife,  this is the place to go,  especially early in the morning.  We however got there late in the afternoon...

Birds and mammals alike are drawn to the lush wetlands along the Yellowstone River,  which meanders through the length of the valley as it flows northward toward the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.   Above is a photo I took of Hayden Valley ---with LOTS of BISON in the distance.  You can also see the Yellowstone River.

Click on the photos for enlargements.

Bison at Hayden Valley, Yellowstone
Here is another photo from Hayden Valley -----using my long lens.  You can see the Bison a little better in this photo, and you can see a tiny bit of the river.

BISON crossing the road near Hayden Valley, Yellowstone
We got in a traffic jam (which is common in Yellowstone) as the BISON crossed the road.  I got this great photo of a couple of them up close and personal!!!!

Mud Caldron at Yellowstone
As we headed south (leaving Hayden Valley),  we saw some geothermal sites.    The only accessible geyser basin in this area lies between Hayden Valley and the LeHardy's Rapids.  The photo above is of MUD CALDRON.  There is no excess water---so the discharge is a thick mud.

Close-up of the thick mud at Mud Caldron, Yellowstone
Here is a close-up showing that THICK mud at Mud Caldron.  Wanna take a mud bath????  Yuk!!!

Sulphur Caldron,  Yellowstone
This is Sulphur Caldron ----and if you have ever smelled sulphur,  you will know that it smells like rotten eggs.  It is not a 'pretty' smell at all!!! ha

Mud Volcano,  Yellowstone
Here  is a Mud Volcano...  See all of that mud????  Mud Volcano has acidic waters that leach clay particles from the lava rock below.  These particles are kept suspended in the waters,  resulting in the grey mud that distinguishes this spring.

Dragon's Mouth,  Yellowstone
And---here is the most popular thermal area here,  a hot spring called Dragon's Mouth.  This one gets its name from the manner in which the water surges out from the superheated source--like a flicking, liquid dragon's tongue.

LeHardy's Rapids,   Yellowstone
After leaving the thermal area,   we checked out the LeHardy's Rapids.   After seeing the calm Yellowstone River flow through Hayden Valley,  this was an interesting place to visit.

LeHardy's Rapids,  Yellowstone
Here is a photo of George standing at the overlook at LeHardy's Rapids.  It was great standing there and hearing the sound of that amazing water!

Fall Colors at Yellowstone
AND--not only could we enjoy those rapids,  but we could also enjoy some beautiful FALL COLORS on the other side of the river.  Aren't they pretty?

At the Fishing Bridge,  Yellowstone
We drove a little farther south to see the fishing bridge.   George took this photo of me on the bridge. You can see that the water is calm here...This bridge is located very close to Yellowstone Lake.

Yellowstone River,  taken from the Fishing Bridge
Here's a photo taken of the Yellowstone River from the Fishing Bridge.

Virginia Cascades,   Yellowstone
Since it was getting late,  we turned around at the Fishing Bridge and headed back to the Canyon Village for dinner... After dinner,  we checked out the Virginia Cascades.  We had tried to see it early on the 2nd morning --but there was smoke in the area.  SO--we went back.  This beautiful 60 feet waterfall is in a heavily forested area of lodgepole pines which make for great photos.  (NOTE:  We saw 19  different waterfalls in Yellowstone plus 3 more in the Tetans area while there those five days.)

George took this photo of me at the Virginia Cascades.  Out came the sweater toward the end of the day --as it was getting cool outside.

Sunset in Yellowstone,  Sept. 20, 2012
AND--on our way back to West Yellowstone (where we were staying),  we captured a beautiful sunset....

Hope you enjoyed seeing the remainder of our Day 2 photos from Yellowstone.  There will be lots more to come!!!!!   I'm having fun re-living this wonderful trip--as I go through all of my photos.   Yellowstone is one place I would go back to in a heartbeat!!!!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Yellowstone Visit 9/2012

Upper Falls of the Yellowstone  (109 feet)
I  cannot believe that I never did finish my blog posts when we took our WEST TRIP from Sept. 12-27, 2012.   I did 16 posts and then stopped in April --once we got busy in the yard...  I was (AM) trying to post about this trip day by day in order (as my journal) ---and even after 16 different posts,  I am only halfway through September 20.

In order to see any or all of these 16 posts so far,  you can click HERE.   The posts will come up with the last one I posted in April coming up first.   It was a fantastic trip --and Yellowstone is one of our favorite places that we have EVER visited.  AND--this part of Yellowstone---the Canyon area, is a favorite!!!

Going back to September 20, 2012 (which was when all of these photos were taken),  we first visited the NORTH RIM (Lookout Point,  Red Rock Point,  Grand View and Inspiration Point).   I have already blogged about all of these...

SO--after some lunch that day,  we headed to the SOUTH RIM in order to see Upper Falls,  Crystal Falls,  to hike down Uncle Tom's Trail to get a close-up view of Lower Falls,  and then to Artist Point.   Today's post will be about that visit to the South Rim.

The photo above is of Upper Falls --which can be seen from the South Rim.  Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements.

George took this photo of me standing at  the Upper Falls overlook.

Crystal Falls at Yellowstone  (129 feet)
After seeing Upper Falls,  we hiked along the South Rim Trail --so that we could see another waterfall which many people don't even know is there.   This waterfall is not nearly as large as both Upper Falls and Lower Falls,  but it is pretty.   Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you... The waterfall is blurry since my camera focused on the beautiful greenery.  But--I still like the photo.

Steps going down the Uncle Tom's Trail at Yellowstone
Next,  we hiked DOWN--DOWN--DOWN 500 feet on the Uncle Tom's Trail to get an up-close view of Lower Falls.  There are 328 steps down that steep trail.... Going down was easy--but coming back up can really make one PANT HARD..... It's rough!!!!  But--we did it!

You can tell how steep it was going down into that canyon.  See the Yellowstone River at the bottom??????

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone  (308 feet)
We MADE it ---and seeing this gorgeous waterfall from here made that hike worthwhile....  (Wait a minute:  We haven't gone back up yet!!!!!! ha)

They say that between 5000 and 60,000 gallons of water rush over Lower Falls every SECOND, depending upon whether it is the dry or wet season.....  Wooooooo!!!!

Me at Lower Falls (on Uncle Tom's Trail)
George took my picture to PROVE that I made it!!!!  Believe it or not,  I was still smiling..... NOTE:  I'm still wearing shirts too large for me on this trip  (after losing weight)...  We had/have so many shirts that we have bought through the years --which don't fit me anymore... I have gone from a 2XL or XL down to a Medium!  AND--I'm about 8-10  pounds lighter now than I was in Sept. 2012.

While looking at Lower Falls,  we saw a RAINBOW ---where the sun was still shining on the mist... Neat,  isn't it?

Us at the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone,  on the Uncle Tom's Trail Overlook
A nice man took our photo together while we were down there at the overlook.  Of course,  we reciprocated and took their picture also.

This was taken from Uncle Tom's Trail (South Rim) at Lower Falls --looking across the canyon to two places where we had been that morning on the North Rim (Lookout Point and Red Rock Point).    I knew that our hike down the mountain from Lookout to Red Rock Point  was a hard hike---but when I saw it from this angle,  I realized what a steep hike we had taken.  It wasn't quite as long and hard as Uncle Tom's Trail --but it was steep.  (If you look carefully, you can see people standing at both overlooks.) Sorry about the HAZY photo.... It was getting late in the afternoon.

Us at Lookout Point (North Rim) with Lower Falls in the background--taken that morning
I just have to include these next two photos --which will give you an idea of what Lower Falls looked like from those two lookout points on the North Rim. (Note photo above.) Both of these photos were in previous posts when I was talking about these areas on the North Rim.

We were WAY up there at Lookout Point ---and couldn't believe the difference  while seeing a waterfall from 3 different locations.

Us at Red Rock Point (North Rim) --with the Lower Falls in the background--taken that morning
This photo was taken at Red Rock Point ----which was our favorite view of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone.   Amazing how different things look from different areas!!!!   The Lower Falls look quite different from these two overlooks than it did when we were down there next to the falls..

If you want to see our other photos from Lookout and Red Rock Point,  click HERE.

NOW---it's time to head back up those 328 steps.... Pant Pant Pant....

After getting back to the top,  we headed to Artist Point (also on the South Rim).  Again,  I apologize for the hazy photos.  Late afternoon is not the best time to visit Artist Point.  BUT---you can see Yellowstone River as it POURS down the canyon.   AND--you can see Lower Falls in the distance (which is about a mile away).   Upper Falls is beyond Lower Falls --out of sight. 

Here is a photo of George at the overlook at Artist Point.

Another nice person took our photo together at Artist Point..  This overlook is one of the most popular in the park --so we would  love to go back at another time of day,  maybe the morning... The sun was WICKED --as you can tell by my squinting! ha

I'll close with a beautiful view of the canyon --taken from Artist Point.  You can see a tiny bit of the river in a few spots.  BUT--I wanted you to see the colors all around us.  What a marvelous place!!!!!

As you can see,  we took in everything we could on both the North Rim and the South Rim of the Canyon at Yellowstone.   If you ever go to Yellowstone and can hike,  we recommend Uncle Tom's Trail and also the Red Rock Point Trail... IF you cannot do much hiking,  we recommend  Lookout Point (Parking is nearby),  Inspiration Point,  and Artist Point... There are great views of the canyon from all of those areas.

Well--that completes my 3 posts from the Canyon area.  BUT--there's still alot more of Yellowstone to see... I'll try to continue sharing our wonderful trip in September of 2012 with you during the next several months (YEARS)... ha

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

This is my absolute favorite area of the Yellowstone National Park.   Granted,  I loved all of the other areas,  but since I love waterfalls and canyons,  this was my favorite.  We spent an entire day in this area (September 20, 2012) ---and I'm sure I have a zillion photos... I don't know how many posts it will take for me to get through this 2nd day at Yellowstone --but today's post only includes a small portion.

We started at Lookout Point (on the NORTH RIM) ---and then hiked down to my favorite view point,  RED ROCK POINT.   From both lookouts, you can get a terrific view of LOWER FALLS.   I included a great picture of the canyon on my new PHOTO BLOG (click HERE to visit or re-visit that photo).

If you have never been to Yellowstone,  you need to know that there is a North Rim and a South Rim.  We did them both --starting at the North Rim...  There are three waterfalls in that area, and we saw all three of them.  For more information about the Canyon Area at Yellowstone,  click HERE.  If you want to see a small map of where we were, click HERE.

The picture above shows a picture of the sun early in the morning as we drove from our motel in West Yellowstone  to the canyon area.   I love seeing the steam rising from the water.

The picture above shows George and me at Lookout Point --with a view of Lower Falls in the distance.  It was fairly cool that morning --but warmed up as the day went on.  Be sure to click on the photos to see them larger.

Beautiful Lower Falls of Yellowstone;    This marvelous waterfall is 308 feet high.  We had hoped to see a rainbow at the bottom of the falls --but the lighting wasn't quite right.  We did however,  see a rainbow along the rocks when we were on the Uncle Tom's trail on the south rim (which I will share with you in another blog post).  This picture was taken from the RED ROCK POINT area.

Here is a collage showing the STEEP trail down to RED ROCK POINT.  This is a hard trail (although not as hard as Uncle Tom's) ---but it is definitely worth the hike down in order to get a better view of the canyon and Lower Falls.

While we were hiking back UP the steep trail of Red Rock Point,  I spotted a pretty little bird along the trail.  This is a Clark's Nutcracker.... Thanks to friend, CHRIS, for helping me identify this little bird...

Here's George as we hiked the RED ROCK POINT trail.

And here I am ---along the same trail... Going down was a piece of cake --but climbing back up wasn't!!!!! ha

Here's a collage of the canyon taken along our way that day.  In the bottom picture on the right,  you can see up the hill toward the next area we visited, GRANDVIEW.   The canyon photos from Grandview and from Inspiration Point are AWESOME--but that will be another post.

Here is another picture of George and me.  This one was taken at the RED ROCK POINT Overlook.  You can compare it with the picture of us above taken at Lookout Point.  See how far down we hiked?????  Gorgeous view here though!!!

Finally,  I'll close with a collage of Lower Falls.  The top photo on the right shows another overlook (Brink of Lower Falls).  We opted not to take that hike since it is hard to get good photos of a waterfall when looking from the top down...   I love the bottom left photo since it shows the distance and also shows more of the canyon in that area.

Hope you are enjoying my Yellowstone photos.  They are a little detailed --but if you ever go there,  you'll have to take this info as your 'travel guide'....

Have a wonderful weekend, and stay WARM wherever you are.  Spring has come 'officially' --but Ole Man Winter is hanging on BIGTIME in our area... It's been so COLD here... Geesshhhhhh!!!!