On a recent trip, my husband John and I put our new used 2002 215 RL Wanderer Lite (by Thor) fifth wheel trailer through its paces. As part of a 5,000-mile journey, we visited for the first time, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Both John and I have spent decades dreaming of seeing the park.

Pictures speak a thousand words it is true but pictures usually do not transmit the sounds, the temperatures and the smells that one experiences in person in a place. That said, I have done my best to capture what is unique and magical about Yellowstone.

The first remarkable thing that one sees after entering Yellowstone may be herds of bison wandering freely, sometimes in the middle of the road and within inches of your vehicle.

The first remarkable thing that one sees after entering Yellowstone may be herds of bison wandering freely, sometimes in the middle of the road and within inches of your vehicle.

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Steaming pools edged with bacteria are common in areas set up for tourists to view the natural geothermal activities of the park.

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Natural deep pools of mineral-rich water abound throughout the park.

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Since the water is often boiling-level, bacteria grow in the moist areas.

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The Grand Prismatic Spring is just that – Grand. Steam, sulfur-laden air, wet reflective surfaces and ancient geology can boggle the mind of the viewer.

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In many places throughout the park, trees stand leafless and dead in pools of hot water making one stand and wonder what forces have shaped the landscape.

 

Herds of free-roaming bison are common at Yellowstone.

Herds of free-roaming bison are common at Yellowstone.

The colors of soil, water and vegetation are varied in the Park.

The colors of soil, water and vegetation are varied in the Park.

My favorite. Boiling pots of chalky-white mud! I don't know about you but I know that I had to love it!

My favorite. Boiling pots of chalky-white mud! I don’t know about you but I know that I had to love it!

Yellowstone is a great place to take the kids to learn about geology and natural history and to just enjoy nature. It is a wilderness but the Park has set up areas allowing close viewing that are relatively safe if visitors are careful. For me, another bucket-list item fulfilled. I’ll leave you with a wish for your safe travels and my Yellowstone “selfie.” Happy Travels.

Steaming pool of water at Yellowstone "selfie" photo.

Steaming pool of water at Yellowstone “selfie” photo.