We hiked through most of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. It was gorgeous, and the pictures just don’t do it justice. We stopped at one of Yellowstone’s general stores before we hiked, and it was 50’s themed. It reminded me of history class and swing club! We also stopped at Artist Paint Pots (I think that was its name) as well; to see more hot springs. They’re really kind of cool. After this, we drove through Hayden Valley. It’s supposed to contain a lot of animals. We didn’t see many though – just elk, an eagle, and more bison. We ate dinner at Lake Lodge, one of the Yellowstone’s hotels. The food was just okay, but the view from the windows was beautiful. Imagine snow-capped mountains sitting above a sparkling lake, with pine trees resting in front of the mountains. You do a lot of driving in Yellowstone, simply to get to the different locations, but the drive is always beautiful and interesting.
We were hoping to go down Uncle Toms Trail because it takes you to the base of the waterfall, but it was closed. The hike was absolutely beautiful, though. The canyon has so many colors – yellows, and pinks and reds, and then the blue and green of the river and waterfall, the green of the trees – it’s beautiful. God creates the most amazing things.
We also got to see a lot of elk today. They are such neat creatures.