We thought we would pass through Yellowstone on our way to the Grand Tetons. Just kind of drive through.
But we kept hanging around.
After camping along the Yellowstone River, north of Gardiner, we entered the park early in the morning to secure a campsite at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Misssion accomplished, we set off to explore.
Neither of us were prepared for the vast and immense open vistas and miles and miles of raw, natural untamed wilderness we entered into.
The winding rivers and glowing sunsets…water everywhere!
Lush green meadows and marshes.
And the necessary tragedy of forest fires.
Even the burned area from forest fires are mysteriously beautiful.
Signifying new growth and rebirth.
With the stately presence of dead timber, new soil, new food, new habitats.
The day’s end…
Next we check out the geysers… ❧