Going Wild at Yellowstone

Few weeks ago, we visited Yellowstone. We were captivated, and went wild over it’s beauty and grandeur.

Yellowstone is one of the most popular national parks in the US and it is widely held as first national park, established by the US Congress in 1872. Though the park is mainly located in Wyoming, parts of it extend to Montana and Idaho. It’s so big it covers an area larger than the state of Rhode Island or Delaware.

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Above is a photo of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. If you notice the color of the mountain rocks flanking the falls, then you can surmise why it was given the name Yellowstone.

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Yellowstone river

This national park is known for its geothermal properties. In fact, it is noted to be the largest volcanic system in North America. Many even believed that it is one large caldera, and termed as “supervolcano,” waiting to explode. Makes you wonder if the “big one” will occur anytime.

Below is Old Faithful Geyser, which is one of the main attractions of the park. It erupts approximately every 90 minutes.

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Here are some other hot springs that abound in the park.

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Aside from the hot springs and geysers, Yellowstone is well-known also for its wild creatures.

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deer

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elk

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another elk

Some of these wild animals can be dangerous, so visitors are warned to keep their distance from them.

Growing up in the Philippines, I remember also being warned of dangerous wild beasts in my country that can seriously harm people. (No, I’m not talking about the politicians.) Besides the crocodiles and cobra, there’s also the aswang and tikbalang. Sorry, I digress.

Here’s a resting buffalo (also known as bison), close and personal.

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Below is my favorite photo of a buffalo. And I can claim I captured it. What’s so special about it?

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Look closer. A pooping buffalo! That’s technically bullish*t.

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We were also fortunate to spot a bear. On two separate occasions!

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Even though bears are often pictured as warm and cuddly, with their jar of honey, that’s not really accurate. The fact of the matter is, they can attack and kill you, especially if they feel threatened. And even if you are Usain Bolt, you cannot outrun a bear (even a huge bear can run 30 mph). So we kept our distance.

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And then we also encounter this unidentified strange creature. A headless roadrunner! Beep! Beep!

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Oh wait…..that beast is Pinoytransplantae runnerus.

From the wilderness of Yellowstone,

Pinoytransplant.

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2 thoughts on “Going Wild at Yellowstone

  1. what a coincidence, doc – i just read a post of yellowstone national park from another fellow pinoy blog (alice travelogue) now based in florida. what a beautiful park you’ve experience! nice self-portrait too, hehe!

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