O-----klahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain
And the waving wheat, it sure smells sweet,
When the wind comes straight behind the rain...
and so forth. It was pretty funny. My face was freezing off and I'm singing about waving wheat, which I'm pretty sure is a summer phenomenon.
Just so you can fully appreciate the full experience, auditory and otherwise.
In winter, many of the roads into, out of and around Yellowstone National Park are closed. In fact, it seems that the only reason the road we used was open is because they still need to bus kids from the other side of the park to school. That means that even with a car, if you want to see certain parts of the park you have to get a bit creative.
We were interested in getting to Old Faithful, a geyser in the south of the park. We were staying at Mammoth Springs which is in the north of the park, near the only park entrance that was open. We had two choices. We could take the snowcoach (a tracked bus) at the cost of about $200 each for the return journey, or we could do a day long snowmobiling tour for $360 for both of us. Not a huge saving, sure, but since we were breaking the budget anyway... actually we were more than breaking the budget. We were flattening the budget with a steamroller, running what remained of the budget through a coffee grinder and scattering the budget's remains into the crater of Mordor. Still, you're only in Yellowstone once, and eating rice for a week isn't so bad. Anyway, so we decided on the snowmobile tour, firstly for the financial reason, secondly because we hoped that on a snowmobile we would get a better chance of stopping for wildlife and a better shot (photographically speaking of course) at them too.
Some highlights of the day -
|No good photos of the bison herds today as it wasn't really |
possible to take a photo while driving a snowmobile!
|Coyote trying its luck with a (probably |
sick) bison lying on the ground
|Same coyote as above wondering what us snowmobiles are looking at|
|Bald eagle perched above the river, probably hunting for ducks|
So, I think I've gone on long enough. At this point, you're probably just skimming the photos. I don't blame you.
|Fountain Paint Pot, sadly didn't really capture the bubbling mud.|
|Icicles above leather pool forming from the steam rising off the geothermal features|
|Looking out on the runoff from all the geysers the area|
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