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Yellowstone is huge with so many unique sights (pt 2)

We arrived at the Mammoth Hot Spring entrance just as a herd of elk was waking; they seemed to prefer the planted grass over the native grasses

We arrived at the Mammoth Hot Spring entrance just as a herd of elk was waking; they seemed to prefer the planted grass over the native grasses

Pronghorns are a relatively rare sighting in Yellowstone; actually not an antelope, the pronghorn's closest living relatives are giraffes and okapi

Pronghorns are a relatively rare sighting in Yellowstone; actually not an antelope, the pronghorn's closest living relatives are giraffes and okapi

The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon is closed until at least next year for repairs creating very long drives from West Yellowstone to places like the Yellowstone River Picnic Area hike

The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon is closed until at least next year for repairs creating very long drives from West Yellowstone to places like the Yellowstone River Picnic Area hike

The Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces are made of travertine which results from hot water heated by a magma chamber coming into contact with calcium carbonate

The Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces are made of travertine which results from hot water heated by a magma chamber coming into contact with calcium carbonate

These blue grouse ignored us until we got quite close; Yellowstone is the site of one of the most ambitious and controversial wildlife restoration projects in the world with the reintroduction of wolves

These blue grouse ignored us until we got quite close; Yellowstone is the site of one of the most ambitious and controversial wildlife restoration projects in the world with the reintroduction of wolves

The cliffs made of basalt columns were one of the highlights of our hike at what is known as the Yellowstone Picnic Area; the cliffs have been carved by the Yellowstone River

The cliffs made of basalt columns were one of the highlights of our hike at what is known as the Yellowstone Picnic Area; the cliffs have been carved by the Yellowstone River

Liberty Cap is a hot spring cone near Mammoth Hot Springs; the Mammoth area is the only winter location in Yellowstone that is accessible by automobile

Liberty Cap is a hot spring cone near Mammoth Hot Springs; the Mammoth area is the only winter location in Yellowstone that is accessible by automobile

The two hour drive from Bozeman in the dark was a bit nerve-wracking but the reward was reaching Yellowstone before sun-up when this herd of elk was having breakfast

The two hour drive from Bozeman in the dark was a bit nerve-wracking but the reward was reaching Yellowstone before sun-up when this herd of elk was having breakfast

Beaver Pond was stunning at sunrise but there were no beavers to be found; most park roads are closed from early November until mid-April

Beaver Pond was stunning at sunrise but there were no beavers to be found; most park roads are closed from early November until mid-April

This elk kept his herd together but didn't like it when we got too close; he signaled his displeasure by dipping his head a few times

This elk kept his herd together but didn't like it when we got too close; he signaled his displeasure by dipping his head a few times

My only other visit to Yellowstone was in 1993; in 1988, a devastating fire destroyed more than 35% of the park so my initial impressions were scarred

My only other visit to Yellowstone was in 1993; in 1988, a devastating fire destroyed more than 35% of the park so my initial impressions were scarred

The Mammoth Hot Springs hotel complex lies at the northern entrance to Yellowstone; much of the area is closed due to Covid including the hotel, visitor center and Boiling River

The Mammoth Hot Springs hotel complex lies at the northern entrance to Yellowstone; much of the area is closed due to Covid including the hotel, visitor center and Boiling River

Yellowstone is the only place in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times; they are America's largest bison population on public lands

Yellowstone is the only place in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times; they are America's largest bison population on public lands

Mystic Falls falls 70 ft on the Little Firehole River; the trails we hiked were all decently maintained and had good signage but the AllTrails app helped at times

Mystic Falls falls 70 ft on the Little Firehole River; the trails we hiked were all decently maintained and had good signage but the AllTrails app helped at times

We took a hike to Hellroaring Creek just to experience the suspension bridge; a bison was guarding the trail right before we reached the bridge

We took a hike to Hellroaring Creek just to experience the suspension bridge; a bison was guarding the trail right before we reached the bridge

The pandemic seems to have gotten everyone outside with the national parks just packed; this crowd is waiting for Old Faithful

The pandemic seems to have gotten everyone outside with the national parks just packed; this crowd is waiting for Old Faithful

Built in 1903-1904 with local logs and stone, the Old Faithful Inn is considered the largest log structure in the world; normally open from early May until mid-October it was closed this year due to the pandemic

Built in 1903-1904 with local logs and stone, the Old Faithful Inn is considered the largest log structure in the world; normally open from early May until mid-October it was closed this year due to the pandemic

This run-off channel in Biscuit Basin is colored by orange and yellow cyanobacteria; cyanobacteria are the oldest microorganisms on the planet that can turn solar energy and carbon dioxide into sugars and oxygen via photosynthesis

This run-off channel in Biscuit Basin is colored by orange and yellow cyanobacteria; cyanobacteria are the oldest microorganisms on the planet that can turn solar energy and carbon dioxide into sugars and oxygen via photosynthesis

Wall Pool was created by a series of explosions in the 1920s; it is part of Biscuit Basin which got its name from formations in the area that resembled biscuits

Wall Pool was created by a series of explosions in the 1920s; it is part of Biscuit Basin which got its name from formations in the area that resembled biscuits

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