I just got back from my first trip to Yellowstone National Park! Growing up, my parents took us to a different national park every summer. Unfortunately, they went to Yellowstone before I was born, so I never got to experience the smell of sulfur and stubborn bison (you can read about that trip here). Apparently not much has changed though, because we also experienced snow in late June. Aside from the cold weather, we had a wonderful time exploring Yellowstone, observing wildlife (bonus video at the end), and visiting with two of my brothers and their families.
We left early on a Thursday morning, around 5 AM. It’s about a 6 hour drive from Salt Lake to the South Entrance of the park. We wanted to get there with enough time to do some sightseeing. We were pleased to see some elk and bison on our way, but not in our way. Our first stop was Old Faithful. We waited about 30 minutes to see the eruption, and the ranger’s prediction was exactly right. Honestly, it was not as big as I was expecting, but it was cool to check it off my bucket list. Additionally, I was surprised to see the pink tints in the ground when I was editing the photos.
After we saw Old Faithful, we met up with my brother and his family to eat lunch. Then we drove over to Grand Prismatic. While we couldn’t really see the vibrant colors due to the evaporating water, the blue of the Exelsior Geyser Crater was stunning, and it was crazy how many pools there were around the park. It was too cold to do the overlook hike, so we’ll have to come back and see Grand Prismatic again when it’s not 40 degrees outside. We finished the day by wandering around the Artist Paint Pots. I didn’t really know what the Artist Paint Pots were, so it was neat to see the bubbling spring! It really does look exactly like paint.
Snow in Summer
On Friday morning, we were met with snow as we drove to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. We took in the grandeur of the waterfall, ate lunch, and made our way back to Mammoth Hot Springs where we would meet another one of my brothers and his family. Thankfully, it warmed up a little by the afternoon. The kids loved running up and down the boardwalk and were most inspired by the abandoned hats and sunglasses that were resting in the springs. To end the day, we did a short hike to a waterfall and ate tacos for dinner. Afterwards, we drove up to my brother’s house in Bozeman, Montana to spend a night up there.
Colors of Yellowstone
Despite the pools being covered by steam and the cold temperature, I was inspired by all the colors and textures of Yellowstone. I’m always looking for unique color palettes when designing a logo or brand identity, so I’ve put together some color palettes derived from the different sights. I can’t wait to go back! For even more pictures, you can check out my Instagram page.
Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below! P.S. Here’s a video featuring some baby bison.
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