A Stroll Through Yellowstone and into Idaho
The scenery through Yellowstone changed greatly from end to end and I am glad to have gone so slow through such an unique area. The outskirts of the park consisted of rolling grasslands and streams cutting through the valley. About 20 miles outside Old Faithful Village is when geothermal activity becomes prevalent. Steaming, bubbling pools, and small geysers line the trail and the surrounding area.
I made two stops in the park to resupply, hitching into Grant Village for a night and walking through Old Faithful Village a couple of days later. The Yellowstone staff was extremely kind and beyond helpful. The resupplies were expensive in the park but, only being a couple of days apart, I was able to carry much less food than I usually do.
I saw a couple of geysers erupt, including the famous Old Faithful. It was certainly spectacular but I prefer the sights that are more elusive and tucked away in the wilderness; this show being tainted by the amount of people there watching through screens and by the number of cameras clicking to the point where you couldn’t even hear the water exploding out of the ground.
There are a few wildfires up north and plenty more burning farther out West, with smoke carrying well into Wyoming. The past week has been spent underneath a sky that’s barely blue, a smoke buffer from the fires shielding a fraction of the sun’s heat. The days are cooling off and nights have been getting down into the 30s as August nears its close. Soon I’ll be picking up another layer or two to prepare for summer’s end as I slowly make my way north, back into the mountains after Wyoming’s tame finish.
Peace and Love!
“Human felicity is produc’d not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.”
— Benjamin Franklin
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