Friday, September 26, 2014

Yellowstone, the south loop

We took at trip into Yellowstone today.  Unfortunately, they have closed two of the main roads in Yellowstone.  Who does something this stupid in a crowded tourist park?

Since we had to drive an additional 80 miles just to see Old Faithful, we had a long day.
Some of these paint pots as they called them, really stunk bad!  

                             These were so clear you could see the underground caves.

Just small puffs of steam came from some of these.  All above pics were taken at West Thumb.
 Our first sighting of an elk.  She just took her time crossing the road.
and then turned her tail to us.
My favorite sighting today was this fox.  It was so intent on its prey that it could have cared less that we were there. Patiently waiting til just the right moment.
Then, POUNCED, and got it.  I didn't take a picture of her enjoying her feast.  But I love this shot.  I wish I had a better camera.
This was one of the more colorful geysers.  It had a small amount of steam coming out but must have had a lot of different minerals in the water to make all those colors.

We finally made it to Old Faithful.  We had to wait about 30 min. before she decided to blow.
Leaving Old Faithful, we came across this buffalo walking along side of the road.  It could have cared less that we were there.  He never slowed down.
I guess he was trying to get to this herd.  There were over 100.  We had to wait on these to cross too.
All in all it was a good day.