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Friday Morning we woke up early to visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming for the first time. It truly is a beautiful place with different landscapes and geographic features that make it quite an intresting park to explore. Yellowstone National was the First National Park signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, followed by Mackinac National Park in 1875.
There are only 30 active super volcanos in the world,Yellowstone National is one of them. It is also the only super volcano to be located on land. This is one the reason’s we where so excited to explore this area.
Just leaving Glacier National this was such a different experience for the places we did see. Yellowstone is very touristy in my opinion. We made our visit into a Geology / Science / History experience for the kids. (Well us included) 🙂 We learned that Yellowstone National Park is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Yellowstone also produces 3.3 million acre-feet of water every year making it one of the richest sources for water in the western United States.
In my opinion the Grand Prismatic Springs was the most intriguing. The colors are so deep, beautiful and vibrant against the mountains and sky in the background. The wooden paths that lead you around the spring have no railings and you are walking over the spring inches from the water. ( If you wear a hat here you may want to keep it in your hands or in the car.) We seen hats all over the thermal areas that had been blown off and even an umbrella. A cool fact we learned about the Grand Prismatic Spring is it pumps out over 4,000 gallons of boiling water every single minute, making it the largest hot springs in North America.
Old Faithful was another beauty we waited nearly an hour to see. Old Faithful eurupts every 35-120 min for 1 1/2- 5 min emerging approximately 130-180 ft at its highest and at approximately 180mph. It truly is a beauty we wish lasted a little longer for photographs. Lol
Yellowstone has about 300 active geysers and about 10,000 thermal features.
We learned that the early settlers actually used the geysers as what we would call a laundrymat. They quickly learned anything wool would be shredded. Anything non- wool would remain undamaged. My imagination can only imagine grysers launching clothing everywhere, settlers running after their articals of clothing to find what was cleaned or damaged lol.
Yellowstone also has hundreds of waterfalls with only 49 of them named. There are approximately 290 waterfalls throughout Yellowstone that are more than 15 feet tall and flow year-round. It truly is a beautiful park and we had an amazing day seeing God’s touch everywhere we looked. Tomorrow we are on to more adventures. Boondocking until we arrive at our next park in Wyoming for a week. Have a blessed Labor Day weekend stay safe and enjoy.