Friday, April 29, 2016

Yellowstone National Park

(My theme is places I have visited or lived)

Yellowstone National Park

What can I say about Yellowstone? This is probably my second or third most favorite place on this planet. God has been so good and gracious to me by allowing me to see so much of his creation. I have gloried God much by experiencing so much joy by His creation.

I have been to approximately 45 states. I have been to and enjoyed His mountains, rivers, oceans, deserts, valleys, beaches, lakes. I have traveled and slept in vehicles, pop-up trailers, travel, trailers, and motels across the north, south, east, and west portions of this great country. I have been to Canada, Mexico, Japan, Okinawa, and the Philippines.

God has allowed me to hunt in his mountains, fish his lakes and rivers, boat on his lakes, camp in and explore His deserts. I have seen the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, the Modoc National Park, both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Continental Divide, the Lo Lo Mountains, great parts of the Lewis and Clark trail, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert, Niagara Falls, the Appalachian Mountain Range, Custer's Battle Ground and Monument, Pompey's Pillar, Chief Seattle's grave, the OK Corral, Boot Hill in Virginia City and in Tuscon, Gettysburg, The White House (from outside) the Ponderosa, the Alamo, Ft.Clatsop, St Maarten, St Thomas, and Puerto Rico and Seattle Mariners games and the Seattle Seahawks. 

I have been so blessed and fortunate as to have had a boat, travel trailer, motorcycles, and trucks in order to enjoy God's creation by lake, river, highway, and off-road. I have enjoyed (Fishing Bridge RV Park)                            God's creation!

But there is nothing that I have seen (in my own opinion) that comes close to the Yellowstone National Park. In 2001 we took our nineteen foot (19) Aljo Travel Trailer and drove from Federal Way, WA to Yellowstone National Park. We camped in the Fishing Bridge Campground in Yellowstone for seven (7) glorious days. On three of those days Irene woke me up at 4:00 AM so we could drive to a location frequented by bears. She wanted to see a bear.

We saw ducks, geese, moose, elk, deer, buffalo, and I don't know what else. The one thing she (we) did not get to see was a bear. We did see the boiling sulfur pots, Old Faithful, wilderness, wildlife, and all the flora and fauna you can enjoy.

I am telling you, that at least once in your life time, especially if you have children between the ages of seven (7-100) to one hundred, you need, you should, and you must spend at least one (1) week at the Yellowstone National Park.

It was "discovered" by John Coulter of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. People didn't believe him when he talked about boiling water, geysers, and such. They thought he was talking "foolishness." They began calling that area of wilderness, "Coulter's Hell."

Yellowstone National Park is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone, the first National Park in the U.S. and widely held to be the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion.


nashvillecats2 said...

Looks a grand place to visit Gregg. I was half hoping that you would have chosen "Yosemite National Park" as I have been there and have some wonderful pictures taken there.
Enjoy your week-end.

Arlee Bird said...

As is your case, my life too has been tremendously blessed. I have been to Yellowstone many times, but mostly on one day drive throughs. There is still so much that I've yet to see there. Last summer I was able to take my wife there for her first visit and she loved it. We saw so many bison and that really thrilled her. She saw some of the highlights like Old Faithful, but still, so much more to see.

Arlee Bird
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