Yellowstone blew us away. She was anything but serene as she let off some steam . . . a hot-headed gal by nature—beautiful, but turbulent and unpredictable.
Our date with her started a little flat . . .
We immediately saw her wild side and knew we should keep our distance . . .
But she was so bubbly and vivacious, we couldn’t help but be lured in. Cavernous aqua eyes called to us . . .
She was steamy . . .
And caustic . . .
But she gave us hope . . .
Whereas we saw her West Side on date one, on date two, we explored her East Side.
She drew us in as she did the day before . . .
But her toxicity puzzled us and made us curious enough to ask for some insight from a park ranger . . .
There is no sugar-coating it. Yellowstone is wild. She’s a fire-breathing dragon . . .
She is unstable . . .
But mostly, she is beautiful.
We only spent what added up to a day-and-a-half with Yellowstone. We barely scratched the surface of what she has to offer. The end result is the experience has only made us hungry for more.
As with most national parks, a few days is not enough to explore Yellowstone fully–nor is a week, nor possibly a lifetime. Our nation’s national parks are living, breathing entities that change as much as we do–rough days and calm days, bouts of death and rebirth. The rawness of the parks emulates the human experience in a visceral and often poetic way on the quintessential but unpredictable stage set of life.
To see our original trip route map, click on the first post of this mini-series:
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