YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK:
Yellowstone National Park is a 3,500 square mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hotspot. There are dramatic canyons (Grand Canyon of Yellowstone), alpine rivers (Yellowstone River), lakes (Yellowstone Lake), lush forests (sagebrush, fir, pine, aspen, spruce), travertine terraced hot springs (Mammoth Hot Spring), gushing geysers (Old Faithful), and geothermal fumaroles. Fumaroles are openings in earth’s crust emitting steam and gas. There are an estimated 4,000 fumaroles in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high elevation lakes, which centers over Yellowstone caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent.
Steve and I spent two weeks in Yellowstone. We stayed at the Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone just outside of the west entrance gate. West Yellowstone was fisherman’s supply paradise with their nine fly fishing shops. Steve bought a double seat inflatable kayak for my birthday. He tried fly-fishing from the kayak at Quake Lake while I tried to steady the kayak. It was fun until the afternoon wind kicked up and made for a long paddle back against the current.
The second week, Steve’s 12-year-old grandson Austin Fernandes flew into town. We set up a Junior Ranger workbook program for Austin to earn a National Park patch for his Cub Scouts. We had a great time exploring Yellowstone, hiking up Mt. Washington, answering the workbook questions and learning a lot about the Park. Austin and Steve were successful in catching rainbow trout and brook trout for dinner.
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