YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK VIDEO: Where thermal features and wildlife rule
What comes to mind when you think of Yellowstone? Old faithful, of course! During our five days in the park, Elizabeth’s first time in Yellowstone was a wakeup call in terms of thermal features: cone geysers, fountain geysers, mud pots, paint pots, bubbling springs, crystal blue pools, hot spring terraces, fuming steam vents. It was like the Earth was bleeding out everywhere. Elizabeth expected to see a few measly geysers, but Yellowstone tends to supersede even the wildest imagination. It is estimated that Yellowstone has 10,000 individual thermal features and more geyser. It one of very few places on Earth that has all four thermal features: geysers, hot springs, mud pots and steam vents (fumaroles). It has two thirds of the world’s geysers. It is literally a volcano – flexing its steamy muscles like Popeye after a can of spinach!
The ridiculously unique thermal features may be what convinced Congress to make Yellowstone the world’s first National Park back in 1872, but it is far from a one-trick pony. The park also boasts some of the most pristine wilderness and vibrant wildlife of anywhere on the planet. Let’s see, during our five days we saw countless elk and bison, black bears, grizzly bears, mama wolves, wolf pups, coyote, fox, geese, ducks, marmots, pronghorn… and all that even though we were mostly focusing our time on the steaming stuff!
Yellowstone actually made me proud to be American just because I get to live in the same country as such an unbelievable place. Not even the wretched weather spoiled our experience. (Four and a half days of blanket clouds?! Snow in May?! C’mon.) In fact, we got so much awesome footage from so many parts of Yellowstone that I could hardly bring myself to cut any of it. So sit back and take in the strangest, most remarkable, most hellish place on Earth.
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