My First Visit to Yellowstone National Park

William Fullmer DVM By William Fullmer DVM, 1st Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/lqt9yhe./
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I had the opportunity to grow up approximately 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park and have had many wonderful trips to the worlds first and in my opinion most remarkable national park.

My first trip was in 1969, coincidently the year of the first moon landing.

I had the opportunity to grow up approximately 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park and have had many wonderful trips to the worlds first and in my opinion most remarkable national park. My first trip was in 1969, coincidently the year of the first moon landing. For me that initial trip to Yellowstone was as remarkable as if I had been with Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins1.

Along with my little brother in the backseat of our beige Volkswagen Beatle, we drove up through Island Park Idaho and came in the west entrance to the park through West Yellowstone Montana.

Our first stop was at the Fountain Paint Pots in the lower geyser basin, north of Old Faithful. I was captivated with the extraterrestrial landscape that the mud pots created visually, in addition to the sound of the bubbling mud, and the acrid smell of sulfur permeating the air. I can hardly imagine the moon’s surface being any more fascinating than were the paint pots for me that day.

In the 1960’s the park’s many black bears were adapted to humans and were a common site in most areas of the park. As we drove away from the paint pots and toward Old Faithful we were stopped in a traffic jam which was caused by a long line of cars feeding black bears. Car after car had their windows rolled down with people handing food out to bears with their paws placed on car doors. I was thrilled, I have always been an animal lover, and the excitement of being close to a real bear and better yet to be able to feed, one was almost overwhelming.

I begged my parents roll down the window so I could hold out a marshmallow and attract the attention of a bear, my Father turned and told me there was no way the window was coming down. Even if everyone else was foolish enough to try to coax a bear to within a few inches of their face we definitely weren’t.

I love Yellowstone, its history, wildlife, geology, and landscapes are beyond comparison. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience its natural wonders schedule a trip as soon as possible. Making a trip to Yellowstone will create a lifetime of memories to be treasured with your family.

1. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/F_Apollo_35th_Anniversary.html

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Gyser, Mud Pots, Old Faithful, Travel, Travelling, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park

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Dr. Fullmer graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He also graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Sciences and f

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Oct 2011 (#)

Yellowstone is a beautiful looking park, I have never been to Wyoming to see it though.

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author avatar William Fullmer DVM
2nd Oct 2011 (#)

You need to go to Yellowstone it is like no other place on the earth.

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author avatar vandana7
12th May 2014 (#)

It does sound worthwhile place to visit.

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