I'll take a trick from Linda's blog that she is using and preface each of the Yellowstone Flashback posts I have coming up with a disclaimer. (Thanks for the great idea, Linda!)
The following is part of a series of posts about the trip Wayne and I took to Yellowstone National Park in 2009.
Wayne was into the geysers when we visited Yellowstone but the big thing I was looking forward to was hiking Uncle Tom's down in to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
I wasn't in the shape I'm in now, I was only a newbie at the hiking thing still, so I was a little nervous about those 328 steps. Turned out the steps were fairly easy to manage, especially since they had benches at multiple landings. What ended up being scary was the occasional dent in the stairs that were proof that decent sized chunks of rock still occasionally fell off the canyon walls.
Back at the top we decided we had to see the canyon from multiple viewpoints. Artist Point was crowded with tourists, but just steps from the main viewpoint we saw a trail going in to the woods and just a minute farther along we had the place to ourselves along with this fantastic view of the canyon walls.
Which view was this? Who can remember? It was all gorgeous, and I remember wishing I could climb right down into the canyon and touch those red walls. And as stunning as the photos are, seeing it in person takes your breath away. Maybe this year will be the year we get back to Yellowstone, and maybe it will be another year or two...but we will go back again and again I'm sure.
More Yellowstone photos to come, it'll help pass the days until I head for South Carolina in 2 weeks. Katrina has decided to stay behind because she starts classes next week...and she started a job today.