“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:9
Yellowstone National Park
This bible verse comes immediately to mind when I reflect back on the past few days. My eyes couldn’t even comprehend it all. I was on sensory overload and after seeing something so beautiful, all I could think about is how? HOW? How can there be ANYTHING greater in store for us? But God promises we haven’t even come close to seeing the beauty He is preparing! I’ll hold on to that hope.
No amount of research could prepare us for what we saw and experienced at Yellowstone National Park. From amazing encounters with wildlife to breathtaking views across canyons that we will never forget. We walked the boardwalks over the cauldrons and hot springs, watched Old Faithful erupt, and marveled at the massive Elk meandering on the side of the road and the Bison still shedding their winter-tattered coat…both ignoring the traffic jam they just created. We spotted coyotes hunting along the river banks and we searched relentlessly for moose, grizzly bears and black bears to no avail.
The weather was crisp but comfortable and we spent 12 hours exploring the 1st day and 7 hours the 2nd day. We packed lunches and found a picnic table next to a cascading waterfall. We hiked, found the remains of a bison lying in the river and soaked in all of the beautiful sights around us.
Yellowstone is comprised of rugged mountains, deep canyons and plateaus. The parks’ deeply fractured crust allows groundwater to seep down to where it makes contact with magma. The superheated water then returns to the surface as extraordinary steam vents, fumaroles, colourful hot pools, mud cauldrons, paint pots, hot springs and geysers. We found other wonders such as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, along with boulders, rivers, waterfalls, plains and deep glacier carved valleys. The park contained landscape that I didn’t even know existed. I was awe-struck the entire time. No words could accurately describe this place!
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The park is, in fact, almost entirely hidden from humans (most likely to protect us from petting a moose or jumping to our death into a boiling hot spring that looks sooooooooo inviting!). There are roads to guide you through the park, but only a few. It’s well protected and the majority of the park is reserved for wildlife. It was highly accessible for Jeff and he was able to see and thoroughly enjoy most of the park.
We all have our favorite part of the park, but I must say the Grand Prismatic Spring is spectacular!! The hot spring has bright bands of orange, yellow, green and deep blue waters. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is another jaw dropping favorite. The north and south rims are separated by a mere 3/4 of a mile, with treacherously steep canyon walls painted in oranges, yellows and reds. It doesn’t even look real! The Yellowstone river carves through the bottom of the pine covered landscape.
A park to remember. We loved every minute of our time in Yellowstone!