Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Summer Vacation Part 3
Today I'm going back to my summer vacation, and in my last post we had just traveled the Beartooth Highway and were about to enter Yellowstone National Park. We came through the Northeast entrance and then headed west till we got to Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces.
One of the many hydrothermal features of Yellowstone, the eerie looking landscape is formed by mineral-laden hot water from below the earth's crust that surfaces and builds tier after tier of cascading and terraced stone. Over thousands of years the water has been depositing large amounts of travertine daily.
It was a pretty steep climb up to see everything, but well worth it. In fact, as we were climbing we could see storm clouds to the south, which made my pictures even more dramatic!
An interesting fact, if you're a Star Trek fan is that scenes were shot on one of the terraces for "Star Trek: the Motion Picture", to represent the planet Vulcan. There is definitely something otherworldly about this place, that's for sure!
After that we were tired from all the walking and crowds, so we headed to West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone is the western entrance to the park and that was where our hotel was.
Oh, and here is a shot of me in one of the many gift shops in West Yellowstone. They all seemed to have a huge stuffed bear in their entrances, so I couldn't resist! If you want to read about our first and second days of our trips here they are. Tomorrow I will show you our day at Old Faithful. Bye for now!
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