A massive and mature bull American Bison in the grasslands of Yellowstone.
Traveling to Yellowstone can be like taking a nature trip to a Kmart parking lot. But for some reason, I have traveled to the national park at least a dozen times! In all those times, I have been able to steal quite a lot of “alone-with-nature” time. Actually all one has to do is walk about 20 meters down any trail and you leave the crowds (usually filled with overweight Wal-Mart republicans) behind.
Most of the trips I have taken to Yellowstone happened during the peak of the summer tourist season, but back in 1991, Lien and I drove across the US to visit my family for a Christmas in Chicago. On the way back, we stopped off at Yellowstone for a week hanging in the national park to experience its nature in the winter. Wow! What a difference! We rented snowmobiles and cruised the park in the dead of winter for many days The crowds were simply gone. Solitude was the name of the game and, with only the warming chalets as an exception, we basically owned the park completely! The game was very easy to see and the geysers, fumaroles and hot springs were sublime.
I plan on visiting this national park as often as possible for as long as possible. I have yet to see the Lamar Valley pack of wolves, and that is high on my “gotta do” list! Maybe this summer.
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Here are some images of my trips to Yellowstone National Park: