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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Yellowstone: Oh the Beauty

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Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the world and one step into this wonderland I am convinced at the rightness of protecting areas like these. There were some PHENOMENAL landscapes here.

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The park is known for so many wonderful things, its abundant wildlife being one of many reasons that President Ulysses S Grant signed this national park into law.

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So the wildlife obviously is awesome but Yellowstone is also known for its many geothermal features, like Old Faithful. If you are a rock nerd you will love love love this place... if you aren’t the geological stuff is still pretty cool.

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I read a book about the Lewis & Clark expedition and Sacajawea, it is fiction but based on fact, more than 10 years ago, and since it was a fantastic book I kept it. Right when I decided to go on this trip, it made me think of the book and dig it out. I am STILL READING IT. Normally it does not take me three weeks to read a single book, but this one is thicker than thick and I have been a busy little bee. Oh and yea this book is pretty beat up... I bought it used and it was awful to begin with I swear!

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IGNORE THE HAIR AND THE FACT THAT I AM SUPER TIRED PLEASE

Living in LALA Land (Los Angeles) I get to see brown, brown and more brown. I grew up in Michigan and miss the GREEN! But these rolling hills and valleys in the parks reminded me of home and Ireland... I love the green.

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There was also a ton of water this year. It was a very wet winter and every single day I was in the park it rained. Although sometimes I cursed the rain I couldn’t help but appreciate the results of all that water. Streams and rivers were overflowing, areas where rangers said were normally dry were dotted with small ponds.

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On one of the slower wildlife days I swung into some of the areas of note that were not well known for wildlife but I thought I should see. One of the coolest was the Sheepeater Cliffs. They are these really cool columns of basalt and are known as a textbook example of basaltic flow. Basically they are a series of hexagonal columns all bunched together to create a really cool rise out of the otherwise flat surrounding area.

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SHEEP EATER CLIFFS

One of my favourite views was off the Golden Gate bridge area. There are a few pull offs but the road wound through the valley with sheer cliffs on one side and a fast flowing river with a waterfall on the other. I sat there and ate lunch one day and then had to go back for another lunch while in the park. If I could bottle the feeling of being there.

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GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

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ONE OF THE FEW PHOTOS THAT I HAD SOMEONE TAKE OF ME AT THE PARK

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MY HAPPY PLACE

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

I'm glad you included a photo of you at the park, now I know you really went. lol. That book looks about as bad as my first copy of Clan of the Cave Bears that you read about 100 times. Too funny, great photos of landscape. Love the steam coming off the stream and the clouds reflecting on the lake/pond. :)) (double smiley)

lilmansworld said...

very boobiful, I mean beautiful :) yay books!

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