Lower Falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park

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The Lower Falls are the second most photographed area of Yellowstone (Old Faithful not too surprisingly the most photoed). It is located at the head of the “Grand Canyon” of the Yellowstone River.

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At 308 feet (although in 1867 it was described as “thousands of feet”) it is quite impressive. Look at that vapor trail at the bottom… I didn’t notice it until I saw my photo!

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According to Yellowstone.net: The canyon’s colors were created by hot water acting on volcanic rock. It was not these colors, but the river’s yellow banks at its distant confluence with the Missouri River, that occasioned the Minnetaree Indian name which French trappers translated as roche jaune, yellow stone.

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There’s a nice trail along the Yellowstone River that I walked along. Give me free time on any trip to wander off by myself to take pictures and I am happy.

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My friend J and others went off on a hike but I wanted private time with my camera!

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And soon it was time to catch up with my companions and hear their stories!

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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Lamar Valley

I really wish I had taken better notes on my trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. We zipped around to so many places I lost track of where we were, so trying to identify my photos is proving to be very difficult! Next time I take a trip I am documenting it at least hourly.

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However, I am pretty sure all the photos on this post were taken in the vicinity of the Lamar Valley. Yes, those are American bison you see above. Some of my companions had a discussion regarding the difference between bison and buffalo. They are indeed different. Bison are found in North America. The two main buffalo species are located in Africa and Asia.

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As usual on my trips I really didn’t know what to expect. All I knew about Yellowstone was Old Faithful and I also knew the Grand Tetons were big. End of story!

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I was totally unprepared for the stunning beauty of Big Sky Country.

Big Sky Country

We traveled through both Montana and Wyoming.

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As a city girl I am not used to such wide open spaces. But I totally embraced the idea of such freedom.

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Miles and miles of pine trees interspersed with the brilliant yellows of the aspens.

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And those skies… endless blue with fantastical cloud formations we don’t see in LA.

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I love fences and we saw all kinds on this trip. My friend J who was my roommate said she has a habit of singing songs that come to mind when she is traveling around. My contribution was “Don’t Fence Me In!”

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We also saw a million “water features,” a term I was reminded is used at the Disney theme parks! In this case it was rivers, lakes and ponds.

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I took about 1,700 photos during the six-day trip in the motor coach (not counting the first and last days which were primarily transportation days to and from the airport).

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I had to break the photos up into nineteen folders in the Lightroom catalog. This is merely one of those folders. I don’t know if I will ever be able to upload everything to my blog. So this is just a taste.

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The color palette was mostly greens, browns, purples and blues with accents of the yellow aspens.

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I was so taken with the grand vistas I had to force myself to scale down from time to time to see things like this moss on the rocks.

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We had great weather most of the time… both J and I have great weather karma so the weather forecasts of doom and gloom didn’t have a chance.

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Oh, those clouds… if you painted a picture they would look unreal.

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Yellowstone Lamar Valley

We had quite a few stops for photo opportunities. My finger couldn’t stop clicking away.

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As much as I would like to think some day I will return to this glorious region I know that will never happen. Too many other places in the US I have not seen yet!

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Hanging out in the Hoh Rain Forest

Hoh Rain Forest

The Hoh Rain Forest is located on the west side of Olympic National Park, Washington, less than an hour’s drive from Forks where we were staying. (See my blog post about the feline greeter here.)

The forest receives an annual total rain of 140 to 170 inches… that’s 12 to 14 feet (3.5 to 4.25 meters). I can only relate that to Los Angeles where during the past few years we have been lucky to get 6 to 8 inches a year. Send some of that extra wet stuff our way!

I thoroughly enjoyed wandering around amongst the lush green coniferous and deciduous trees accompanied by mosses and ferns.

Please click on an image to start the slideshow and walk along with me:

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Twilight at Rialto Beach

Rialto beach sunsetAfter a wonderful morning walking along Rialto Beach (see blog post here), we returned to our hotel in Forks.

Forks lays claims to two things: being the rainiest town in the contiguous United States (and living in drought-stricken LA I wouldn’t mind living there right now) and as the town where author Stephenie Meyer based her Twilight saga novels.

After dinner in town some of us made the fourteen-mile trip back to the beach for the sunset.
While it wasn’t the greatest sunset I have ever witnessed, the beauty was seeing the cloud formations and water in the ever-changing light. And, after all, each sunset is special in its own way as the laws of probability say it cannot be duplicated.

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And sharing the experience with many other people who had come to the beach probably with the same hope of observing something magical.

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I have a special affinity for the ocean. As much as I love the mountains, the desert, the forests… even lakes… nothing does it for me like the ocean.

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The combination of the clouds, the water, the rocks and the fading sun… all encountered in silence… was worth making the trip back rather than catching the latest news on CNN back at the motel.

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rialto beach sunset

I could understand how Stephenie Meyer could imagine vampires lurking, waiting for the last embers of the sun to disappear into the horizon.

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