I did it, I did it, I went to the first National Park in the United States.
Volcano’s and Glacier’s formed Yellowstone Park as well as the area around it.
After the last Glaciers melted away a long long time ago, meadows blossomed and forests grew. Dear, bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, wolves, and bears all returned. Once the rivers that were created flowed free of ice the eagles, and osprey returned as they were able to fish for food.
Non Indian explorers began to arrive in Yellowstone Country in the early 1800′s. A man named John Colter came west with the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804. John enjoyed the wilderness so much he returned to trap beaver the winter of 1807 – 1808. One day he came to a land of wonders. He was surprised by the geysers, hot springs, and bubbling mud. When John told others what he had seen they did not believe him.
A geyser is an unusual thermal feature that periodically erupts. Yellowstone Park has more than 300 active geysers, more than half of the total on earth.
They are made by lots of very hot water boiling through a narrow opening in the rock.
Old Faithful is named because it’s eruptions are regular. Old Faithful Facts.
Height: varies from 106 to 184 feet.
Duration: 1.5 to 5 minutes.
Intervals between eruptions: 45 to 120 minutes.
Amount of water in each eruption: 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water.
The Yellowstone River is formed by the Upper and Lower Falls. The Upper Falls plunges 109 feet while the Lower Falls plunges 308 feet. The river then journeys east and south until it joins with the Missouri River.
I hung on tight as it was windy. I was also happier to be in the hands of little people who also enjoyed me more than the Falls.
I also had the opportunity to see a bald eagle, some elk, and many many bison.
I thank the Rangers as well as Josh and Raya for being so informative.
I had a really, really good day.