I recently took a trip out West - to Yellowstone and the Tetons. I'm a lucky gal - I got to see FOUR national parks this summer! Earlier this year I hit Zion and Bryce, and this trip was Yellowstone and Grand Teton. They are all beautiful, awe-inspiring, and worth the trip. But I have to say - Yellowstone is amazing.
It's huge, to begin with. Full of wildlife, and I was mostly surprised by how quickly the landscape changed. I would be driving along a drop off, hugging the yellow line, scared to look down over the tops of the pines, and then, suddenly, I would be driving along a mountain stream. Calm, serene, wondering how I got there. A little further on I would come to a vast meadow, spotting Bison. Amazing.
And lakes - I drove past one that totally surprised me with how large it was. If it wasn't for the mountains, I'd have thought I was back along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Also amazing is how the earth in some areas is just letting off steam. There is a volcano under there, but hopefully, we don't have to worry about it. As a result, the steam just keeps rising, looking like smoke. The wildlife seems to like the warmer earth and the steam when it's really cold.