Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Another Trip Into The Park

"Into the park' I think it's safe to say that every town in this area has a park of some kind. However in any of these towns when anyone says they are going into the park it is understood that they are going into Yellowstone National Park. Today, Tuesday july 5, on one of our days off we went into the park.

First stop was at Canyon Village, on the east side of the park, for lunch. As we were leaving the parking lot nancy snapped a picture of this doe who was having her lunch.

No trip to Canyon is complete without a side trip to the canyon itself. Yellowstone,s own "Grand Canyon" was carved into the earth over thousands of years leaving this awesome creation of nature. I know that we have posted our pics of this canyon before (Sept. '09), but every time we see it we see a different view.

This pic was shot across the canyon from at least a quarter mile away. The people on the stairs were there to get a close up view of Lower Falls from the South rim. We were on the North rim. A lot of stairs but the view is worth it. I am still recovering from a broken bone in my leg so I did not want to try the stairs. Maybe later in the season.

This is Lower Falls.

Even Toby was impressed.

Upstream the Yellowstone River is way over it's banks, a result of the record snowfall inthe park this last winter.

The absolutely beautiful Lake Yellowstone.

A cow moose posed for the camera.

Her son couldn't be bothered.

On the way home we saw this old WW2 howitzer that is used for avalanche control. They fire a round into the snow to make it slide before it gets too deep.

A more realistic view of the gun and the awesome mountains at Sylvan Pass. (Arrow & highlight)

Snow in July at Sylvan Pass. (8,500 ft. above sea level)