Yellowstone National Park

Adam spent a summer in Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 2009.  I went to visit him at the beginning of August, and we spent a week hiking and sightseeing.  I hiked over 50 miles in 5 days, something that made me extremely proud :) Here's a tour of some of my favorite places in the park.

The top of Mount Washburn.  The hike up here is a relatively easy one and the path is well traveled.

Atop Mount Washburn

The path around the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.  There is not one bad view along this trail! 

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Ojo Caliente Springs - don't get too close to this one!  We were able to swim nearby, though, where a cold river combined with the hot water from the springs.

Ojo Caliente Springs

Hanging out by the springs

Old Faithful...Can't leave him out!

Old Faithful

Seven Mile Hole Trail.  It's 5 miles down, but it feels like 7 miles back...

Sights from the 7 mile hole trail

Mammoth Hot Springs.  Hot spring water is flowing directly into the Gardiner river, creating little hot tubs that are the best kept secret of Yellowstone.  You will not find this in the park brochure.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Observation Peak Trail.  I had perfect timing for this one, because the snow had just melted (in August!) and the wild flowers were just barely beginning to die out but still were in top form.

Wildflowers along the way

Top of Observation Peak Trail

Uncle Tom's Trail.  The 350 steps in a half a mile is well worth the effort in order to see the falls up close and personal....stunning!

Falls in the Yellowstone's Grand Canyon

And one more state to the map.  I'm getting close (...kinda...)

Adding Wyoming to the map!

Adding Wyoming to the map!