The Wonders of Yellowstone

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 17th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1.4t-a45/
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The first of our national parks is the most amazing of them all.

It's so big!

Yellowstone is the largest of America's national parks, over two million acres in size, as big as the state of Connecticut. Whether you have two weeks or two months to spend there, it is impossible to see everything there is to see. In fact, it to this day it has not yet been completely explored, and every year new waterfalls and other wonders are discovered within its remote reaches.

Of all the national parks, Yellowstone is my personal favorite, because it is the most diverse. Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone, where your eyes feast upon the magnificence of the Teton range, cannot be missed. For sheer and overwhelming beauty, no national park can hold a candle to Yosemite, but i must admit Glacier National Park approaches Yosemite in that regard. Lassen National Park, in a remote area of California, is the nation's least visited, and it is a delight to wander around this park and see very few other people there. Yellowstone, however, contains wonders of wildlife and geothermal activity not seen anywhere else.

The Grizzlies

Grizzly Bears, by the 1950's, had been hunted virtually to the point of extinction, and survived only in the remote regions of Alaska and British Columbia. They were reintroduced into Yellowstone a couple of decades ago and they number somewhat less than 300 within the boundaries of the park. The picture you see above was taken just yards outside the western entrance to the park, at the West Yellowstone, Montana Grizzly Preserve. It's well worth it to visit this preserve, which houses wolves as well as grizzlies.

You might not see a Grizzly during your visit to Yellowstone, because they are generally nocturnal, emerging from the woods at night to hunt bison and other game. But occasionally they are seen during the day, and if you do get lucky in this regard, just hope they are a fair distance away.

The Bison

Bison also reached the point of extinction in America almost 150 years ago, but they are now thriving in Yellowstone. These large animals are seen all over the park, wherever there are large grazing areas. You will not want to get too close to them, for they can be easily provoked to aggression, and they can be very dangerous. Every year some fool will walk up to one, even sometimes attempting to mount it, and end up gored and badly injured or even killed.

Geothermal activity

There is a greater amount of geothermal activity in Yellowstone than in all of the world's other 'hot spots' combined, and it reveals itself in countless different forms. There are hundreds of geysers, the most famous of which is Old Faithful, but there are many more just as impressive. There are boiling mud pots, hot springs, and steaming, shimmering pools of every color of the rainbow.

Don't fall in.

There are long stretches of boardwalks which take you around and through the many areas where the earth literally boils, and if you were to be so unfortunate as to fall in, you would be vaporized in short order.

The geysers

Among the countless geysers of Yellowstone, some erupt to heights of hundreds of feet. Some erupt, like Old Faithful, very often, almost upon the hour. Some burst forth but once or twice a year, or only very unpredictably, even only once in several years. It is always a great delight to witness them spewing their hot liquid gas into the air, but as always, stand back. You will often smell their sulphuric gasses from afar, and as you approach them the odors can become very strong.

Yellowstone is a smorgasboard of delights

The scenery at Yellowstone may not approach the ultimate beauty of Yosemite, but it is spectacular nonetheless. Follow the road along the Firehole River, and stop at several points along the way to walk amidst is golden-green meadows, and if you're a fly fisherman, this is the place for you. It's loaded with rainbow trout. Take the trip around Lake Yellowstone, which is the very center of the caldera. At the northern boundary to the park you won't want to miss Mammoth Hot Springs. No matter where you go in Yellowstone, you will be met with one delightful surprise after another.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Melanie
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Way to go Steve, well written observation and fact- cool pictures!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you, Melanie

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author avatar Denise O
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Wonderful read. Thank you for the trip, well in my mind any ways. I just love the photos. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you so much.

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author avatar Dee
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Very nice writing. Love the photo's also. You are an awesome astrologer, Steve. But you also have quite a gift in writing. Love this one! Thanks....

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Spectacular in every sense, Steve, Great article, Fabulous Photos, Informative content! This has it all, and on top of that A STAR PAGE as well...So well deserved...Outstanding piece of work...All I can add, is WOW!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you so much.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Congratulations! You got your first STAR PAGE. The first of many, I'm sure!!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you, my love.

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author avatar Pink&Blue
18th Sep 2011 (#)

Great pics and such a wonderfully written article Steve. Well done on the Star page it is well deserved..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you so much Crystal. It's always so nice to hear from you, and I'm so bummed you're not writing on wikinut any more.

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