Yellowstone, Day 1: Upper and Midway Geyser Basins

Wow!  People are not joking when they talk about how amazing Yellowstone National Park is!  In Day One, we saw geysers, hotsprings, mudpots, bison (I literally lost count!), mule deer, a peregrine falcon, an eagle, and a whole bunch of giddy smiles!

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A day that starts with a snowball fight is a good day!

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helping Mr. Bang use the binoculars to see a herd of bison

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the herd

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We were only about 30 yards from this guy on the boardwalk!

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I love how you can see the colors of the hot spring reflected in the steam.

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We saw a peregrine falcon dive down and snatch a fish.

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Then we saw a bald eagle get scared away by another bird.

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This drawing seems to have been made for my children!

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elk

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As we were driving along, we were talking about how so many trees by the side of the road have animal markings, meaning that animals are frequently in the road. As we were having that conversation, here comes a herd of bison in the road!

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Then there was a herd across the river from us.

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We saw many calves!

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One more large herd greeted us before leaving the park

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This is part of a Yellowstone series.  You can view the other days here:

Geyser Basins  Lost Lake Trail and Lamar Valley   Upper Geyser Basin   Just a Picnic   Mammoth Hot Springs   Canyon   National Geographic Experience

5 thoughts on “Yellowstone, Day 1: Upper and Midway Geyser Basins

    • Could be. We were in elk territory and watching for elk, and thought it was elk at first. Then thought maybe they were just mule deer instead. Maybe they were elk after all. I can’t claim to be an expert at animal identification! 🙂

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  1. Isn’t it fabulous?!!! It’s the most amazing place I have ever been. Every section of the park is so different that it’s like having four parks in one. Your pictures are great! The baby calves look like regular baby calves from cows. LOVE Yellowstone! Glad the kids get to experience it.
    We were there in July – no snow, but it was down into the 30’s at night.
    We stayed in a tiny “bare bones” cabin and had a buffalo (bison) that thought it was HIS territory. He was there two days in a row and lay down next to a tree to take a nap the second day.

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