Sunday, July 10, 2011

Day 184/185 - Jackson - Yellowstone/Yellowstone

Distance travelled (by bike): 24,870

Some facts and figures for you: Yellowstone was the first National Park in the US and is a World Heritage Site. The park is spread over 3,500 square miles, (about half the size of Wales) with in its parameters are lakes, canyons, river, plains and mountains. Yellowstone is also home to half the worlds geothermal features, fuelled by the active Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the US continent. Yellowstone lake is the largest high altitude lake in the US. 
The no trip to Yellowstone would be complete without seeing Old Faithful, shooting approx. 7,000 gallons of boiling water to a height of 100-180ft every 90 minutes. It has become 'the' Yellowstone attraction, with crowds gathering to get a good view long before it would erupt.
A huge storm blew in on first afternoon, with no reservations and some of the campsites closed due to a bear attack i had to look outside the park. Staying at Silver Gate, about one mile outside the park, with a fire to gather around at night, BBQ'd buffalo, beers and great people.
The amount of animals that i encountered over the last few days was phenomenal, bison, black bears, brown bears, elk, deer, goats, the list continues. 
A really amazing few days, the canyons, geysers, hot springs, mud pools, lakes, meadows and forests, in 1988 one third of the park burnt, there are visual reminders of this all over, although new growth is starting to replace the charred remains in most places.

black bear

black bear

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