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Yellowstone National Park on the Blogging A – Z Challenge

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So my son’s family and my wife’s favorite cousin have both done this trip and it will, I’m hoping, be my turn sooner than later. Yellowstone National Park has the distinction of being the first national park in the world. Before you ask, I know nothing about the show named after the territory.

2.2 million acres of pretty much untouched land. I converted this to square miles and it turned out to 3437.5 square miles(8903.08413 sq km). When I read this I didn’t believe it at first but yes, it really is that big. Larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. 10,000 hydrothermal features like geysers, boiling mud pots, hot springs, and fumaroles. There are 500 geysers in the park which is over half the geysers in the world. The hot springs are dangerous and there are reasons they are so strict about you staying on the designated paths and boardwalks. There are places so hot and acidic that they can dissolve a human body in a day. 290 waterfalls and if you’re into hiking there are over a thousand miles of trails to choose from.

The park sprawls into 3 states, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, and was a national park almost 20 years before any of them became official states. If you drive what is referred to as “The Grand Loop” it is 142 miles and reaching many of the things people want to see. There are 466 miles of roads total.

There were a lot of videos and photos on the internet but I am thinking this is one of those things you have to see for yourself in order to believe. One more note, wild animals are not tame. That sounds like a silly thing to say but there are several stories a year about tourists trying to take a selfie with some animal or other. Bison look slow and docile and people think they are tame as cows (which, depending on the breed are no prize to mess with, either) and get way too close and wind up getting gored. The rule of thumb that a ranger talked about in the Mount Evans video is really pretty wise. Hold your arm out at full length with your thumb up. If you can hide the animal with your thumb you’re usually at a good distance. These kind of photos are ones to invest in. Get a good zoom lens or whatever and get your shot from a safe distance.

What did the father buffalo say when his male offspring left home? Bison.

Likelihood of this happening within the next year: 0+%
Likelihood of this happening in my lifetime (Lord willing, of course): 87%
Likelihood of running into someone I know or met on the Internet: ??%


20 responses to “Yellowstone National Park on the Blogging A – Z Challenge”

  1. issababycreates Avatar

    This is one of the big ones on my list! I want it to be a road trip (which will be time consuming) and I want to camp there. There are some awesome KOAs there. The one at the west entrance appeals to me most. Hopefully sooner than later for me, too.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I hope you get to do it. A road trip will be awe-inspiring.

    2. Homemaking in the Dunes Avatar

      We went to Yellowstone in 2015. My husband and I get a great time.

  2. Tangie Avatar

    My husband and I visited years ago when we attended a conference in Montana. Beautiful. I hope you get the chance to visit soon. Have a great day.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you so much. I’m looking forward to it.

  3. Homemaking in the Dunes Avatar

    We went to Yellow Stone. Our kids were so unimpressed with Old faithful. People were there from all over the world goign nuts and our kids were disappointed.

    1. Herb Avatar

      That’s too bad.

  4. haoyando Avatar

    It spreads into three states? That’s really big. I didn’t know that. I only heard that one family went there before the pandemic and they were eating an impromptu picnic with a camping style hotpot–I wonder if that was allowed inside the park, but probably nobody was keeping a watchful eye at the time. . Suddenly the wolves all came out since they smelled something good. There was even pictures posted on social media.

    1. Herb Avatar

      It was probably allowed but they do try to give you instructions on dealing with wild animals. Glad nobody was injured.

  5. colinmcqueen Avatar

    What a place. Seem to remember I read sometime that the world’s biggest super-volcano is buried under there somewhere. PS Loved the pun

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you. I was told if that volcano ever erupts most of the western United States is gone.

      1. colinmcqueen Avatar

        Blimey. That’s scary

        1. Herb Avatar

          They claim that geologists are constantly monitoring it and the chances of it happening are super low. I don’t think most folks think about it or if they do they change to subject.

  6. Lisa Mae ❤️ Avatar

    I would love to see the park! The show is disturbing on many levels…

  7. Geoff Stamper Avatar

    Sounds like Yellowstone deserves four Senators.

    1. Herb Avatar

      🤣 That’s probably the last thing it needs! Except for bear food. But maybe it’s just me. Politicians leave a bad taste in my mouth.

  8. J P Avatar

    So, you’re saying that a stay at Jellystone Park is not comparable?

    1. Herb Avatar

      Well, there may be some few minor differences…

  9. DB McNicol Avatar

    Yellowstone is my favorite national park (I admit I’ve not been to Yosemite). I’ve visited multiple times, all on motorcycle. The first in 2005 during my widowed ride around the country at age 58. I couldn’t stop taking photos. Every time I visited, it was different. My current husband and I spent several days visiting as well.

    1. Herb Avatar

      I’m looking forward to it.

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