Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

canyon collageJuly, 2015:  Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon is one of the main attractions here and sometimes Canyon Village and the North Rim Drive and South Rim Drive were so crowded it was hard to find a place to park to get to the viewpoints.

It truly is a magnificent natural phenomena, so I was determined to see it despite the crowds.  I had been re-reading the book I bought during my first visit in 2003, “Yellowstone – Like No Other Place on Earth” that features excerpts from the Washburn Expedition in 1870, the first organized survey that eventually led to the unprecedented idea of a national park.

I couldn’t help but wonder what it would have looked like back then without any parking lots or roads and with every turn of a bend, there was just more and more natural and untouched beauty to behold.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The 19th century painter Thomas Moran said, “its beautiful tints were beyond the reach of human art.”

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point

 Who wouldn’t be inspired here? From the book – “Standing there or rather lying there for greater safety, I thought how utterly impossible it would be to describe to another the sensations inspired by such a presence. As I took in the scene, I realized my own littleness, my helplessness … my inability to cope with or even comprehend the mighty architecture of nature.”

Artist Point

Artist Point

I wonder if any painting or photograph could truly capture the wonder of this sight.

Canyon colors

I got dizzy sometimes from the height as well as the beauty.

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

A steep 308 feet plunge into the canyon.

No still picture or even video can truly capture the majesty of these falls!

Uncle Tom's Point

Uncle Tom’s Point

Glacial Boulder

Glacial Boulder

This house sized boulder landed alongside the road in this pine forest about 80,000 years ago. I thought he looked pretty good for such an old guy.

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linksGrand Canyon of Yellowstone (NPS)

YellowstonePark.com

2003 visit with my mom

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