The Upper Falls on the Yellowstone River by Canyon Village, as viewed from the north side of the river.
The angle of the sun and our location made it hard for me to get a full picture of the falls, which are 109 ft high.
When we first came down here Malachi and Micah were standing together on this bridge when a gush of water jumped up and got them all wet. Obadiah doesn't look very comfy in the carrier this way, LOL.
View of the Lower Falls from the Artist Point on the South Rim Drive (the Lower Falls is a short distance down-stream from the Upper Falls). For perspective--look at the full-grown trees in the distance. The Lower Falls are 308 ft high. This canyon is referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone." It runs along many miles. The river starts from Yellowstone Lake in land that is relatively flat, then gains speed as it flows north and is squeezed through the canyon, and over several falls.
Our next challenge was an up-close view of the Lower Falls. We took Uncle Tom's Trail.
I don't remember what spot this is. ::grin:: But it's pretty anyway!
Yellowstone Lake at the picnic area in Bridge Bay
My boys are starting to get serious about sword-play.
There was too much wind (after being HOT all morning, now we were cold) and too much silt in the water (which was probably close to 50 F) to get in and swim. The wind was kicking up quite a surf!
If you have a really good eye you have probably noticed debris on my pictures. I was changing my lens from the 18-55 mm to the 55-200 mm very frequently. I used the 18-55 for wide-angle (landscape) shots, but kept my zoom close by to get pictures of wildlife. Unfortunately it was hard to keep dust, etc, off the lenses. I really should be more disciplined about this stuff.
Flooding along an old boat house. This house was HUGE and pretty darn cool. I took more pictures of it.
Bath, please!! Everyone was soooo dirty after a couple days with no showers. We couldn't wait to get cleaned up.
Along the center-left of this photo you can see the long stairway that is part of Uncle Tom's Trail. If you look hard, you can see a person climbing the stairs (perspective again). That was quite a climb!!
We went back up the river after our wrong turn, and took the North Rim Drive. I was sooooo tired by this point, as were many of the kids. Mitch really wanted to take the walk down to stand on the brink of the Lower Falls, but we didn't this time (see those people on the overlook there to the right of the falls?). Definitely next time...18
We stopped to go potty in Canyon and found another pile of snow to play in. It's crazy to me how hot it can be in the day, and not even down to freezing at night (but still cold), and the snow is still lingering here.
These signs made us laugh. Or rather, Mitch narrating these signs made us laugh. Pictures were needed.
Yield to people who are falling down...
The resident bison at Norris campground
Our wonderful campsite at Norris
Traveler's tip: I found a free app for my iPod Touch called National Parks Explorer. You can choose any national park for free, so I chose Yellowstone (other parks can be purchased). Basically this is just a compilation of information you can get from the National Park Service online. But I knew I would be in Yellowstone and would not have access to free wifi (and even limited cell phone service). So having all the information available offline on my iPod was pretty fun and useful. It had fun facts and I would occasionally read them off to anyone who would listen as we drove to our next destination. *I* thought it was cool. :)