This is a continuation of our Summer ’08 Road Trip. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Idaho Falls, and we were entering West Yellowstone. Immediately upon entering the park we spotted a fox, an eagle, a raven, and lots of bison. Bison are everywhere! They roam the valleys, hillsides, and even the roads. There were many times when traffic was backed up as far as I could see because bison were on the road. On this first day in the park, we set up our tents at Canyon Village campground and then motored around, stopping to see wildlife here and there. Later in the day we toured half of the Norris Geyser Basin and saw some really cool thermal features.
The following images are from Norris Geyser Basin, an extremely hot collection of thermal features near the northwest corner of the Yellowstone Caldera (Yellowstone Super volcano).
We returned to camp that evening, put a few local brews on ice, and made a campfire. Hoping that all food, drinks, and anything else that could attract a bear were stowed properly, we settled down for the night.