06.05.2010 - 09.05.2010 4 °C
Yellowstone National Park is the second Geothermal area I've visited on my trip (after New Zealand), but Yellowstone was different because it was snowing! The Yellowstone plateau is at high altitude, so is very cold. We were staying at a town called Gardiner, in cabins again, which was good for two reasons - firstly they had heaters in and secondly we were in bear country! One evening, when we were cooking outside, the temperature reached -6C!! The group cooking that night didn't have it easy - I think it took about an hour and a half to boil a pan of water!
The Yellowstone area is very unique, with hot springs, thermal vents, bubbling mud pools and geysers everywhere! We went for a swim in the Gardner river (yes, in the snow and freezing temperatures!) just where some hot springs flow into the river. Swim in the wrong direction and the water would become scalding hot or freezing cold!
Along with the landscape and the geothermal features, we saw some amazing wildlife up really close. We saw Bison, Elk, Bears and Arctic Wolves. Bison are absolutely huge! We also saw a grizzly bear eating something it had caught.
We also met a TV presenter called Casey Anderson who makes wildlife programmes in Yellowstone, in one of the bars near our campsite. His programmes are on TV in UK as well. Check out a clip of his programme below!
On the third day we went for a hike in the national park. Our tourguide dropped us off and arranged a meeting place and time - however at this time Daz, Sandra and Jen did not arrive back. One hour went past, then two, three and eventually they arrived back after 4 hours - just before the rescue plane and search dogs were about to be launched! Their excuse...they hadn't heard our guide tell us the path was not in a loop! Travelling is all about experiences I guess...!
The first picture below shows the view from our campsite over the town of Gardiner - an amazing view! The second picture shows the last stop we made - the Yellowstone Grand Canyon, not to be confused with The Grand Canyon. It was huge though and looked stunning in the snow!