On the eve of a storm, we headed up American Fork canyon for a picnic. It was overcast and windy, but still quite warm.
The pictures don't do it justice- it was gorgeous! Of course, since it has rained and snowed, most of the leaves have probably blown off, but hopefully the green leaves will have stayed and will turn later on.
All over American Fork canyon's lower slopes last weekend, they have likely mostly been blown off by last night's storm. Under the cloud cover, it's possible to see a dusting of snow at those elevations now. I hope to make it up there in a couple of days to see what survived.
The hot pools at Yellowstone are SOOO neat. They beckon and seem to say "dive in!" (It would be unwise to do so-- they are scalding, boiling hot.) But the blue is so deep! And they look so pretty! And the edges are so colorful! I could look at them for hours.
Mammoth Hot Spring upper terraces is gorgeous. I got there late in the evening after the sun had set, and it was mysterious and unearthly, but the next morning when I went back, the lighting was even more dramatic:
While we were stopped at Old Faithful, one of the trucks in the parking lot got mobbed by ravens. The truck owners had left sacks of unprotected food, and the ravens promptly got at them. One enterprising raven hopped off with a bag of chex mix:
I was watching him (her?) and the raven knew very well that if she/he pecked the bag, it would open and the mix could be eaten. And other ravens knew it too. There was a bit of a showdown, in fact:
Ravens aren't the only animals that rule the roost at Yellowstone. The bison stroll along the road and everyone makes way:
This is a Rulon Burger. It is 1.5 pounds of hamburger, named after Rulon Gardner, a U.S. Olympic gold medal heavyweight wrestler. It's big enough for four people to share, comfortably. I shared it with my fellow travelers on the way home from Yellowstone. (I will post pix and stuff about that later, when I get caught up with my life post-trip).
Anyway, I had always been curious about Rulon Burgers, because several times I had driven through Star Valley, WY and I knew about the place, but my parents never wanted to stop. So I finally got a chance last night. The burger is pretty good, especially considering what a challenge it must be to cook it. It was kind of fun to get a burger that huge and then cut it up into fourths like a pie and serve it (after taking silly pictures first). We were the last ones in the dining area, and the restaurant was shutting down when we left. Well, I left my camera on the table. (I never do that- I've never done it before.) We realized it about 20 minutes later, and zoomed back to the restaurant/store, just in time to knock on the glass and have the server see us, recognize me, and hurry over with the camera. I was so grateful to get it back safely!!
I am a keen amateur photographer, an avid traveler, a dedicated researcher. My main area of interest is the European middle ages although I like history and culture, especially social history, of all eras and regions. I am especially fond of good architecture and I am really, really fond of reptiles.
I usually post this blog to share highlights from my travels with family and friends. If you are a potential friend wandering by, you are welcome; any of my art or nature images posted here are available for non profit personal or study use, and if reproduced I ask that I be credited as photographer.