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By Misty - Posted on 15 August 2009
The Obama family visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, August 15, 2009.
It's obviously chilly there. Once at Yellowstone, we woke up on a 4th of July morning to a temperature of 29 degrees!! We were told that at some point in weather history, it has snowed on every date of the year.
I like that the President and his family see the sites when possible. It makes them more "normal", doesn't it?
I so want to go to Yellowstone National Park one of these days. I'd want to go in mid-September, or early October, though. After the tourists are gone and just before the really heavy snow starts. I don't even know how to get into the park and find Old Faithful, though. I used to live pretty close (5-6 hours away), but now it is a 14 hour drive, or something really long like that.
Lewis Black says: "A Republican will stand up in Congress and say, "I've got a really bad
idea." And a Democrat will immediately jump to his feet and declare,
"And I can make it sh*ttier.""
Old Faithful is in the southwest sector of the park. The entrance I've found best is the West Yellowstone gate. You drive in from there about 15 miles along the Madison River, and turn right when you get to the road circling inside the park. Go south another 10-15 miles to the geyser. But the hot pools and emerging waters from deep in the earth that you pass en route will keep you slowed down; you'll want to stop and see those too.
One thing you DO NOT want to miss is the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. The river is on the eastern side of the park, so you'll have to cross the park or circle around via Lake Yellowstone on the south, or via the park headquarters in the north. The Lower Falls are IMHO the most spectacular and scenic part of the park.
There are five entrances to the Park: the east, near Cody, the south from Grand Teton, the West Yellowstone entrance, the main park entrance in the north and - most remote - the northwest entrance that requires traversing major mountain passes (from either WY or MT) just to get to it. All have their special beauty. The park is arranged with a circular road that will get you to most major points. Lots of miles, so plan on a lot of time there.
Oh, and just to put a bug in your ear; if you're in that part of the country, see if you can plan a few days additional to travel up to Glacier Park. I found the beauty and sheer verticality of that place to be utterly astounding. Take the day-long tour bus route over the Going-To-The-Sun Road and back would be the best way to enjoy the trip without having to white-knuckle your way up and down those amazing hairpin curves.
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