What a scam, there weren't any yellow stones
08/29/2012 - 09/03/2012
Ok ok, I'll admit, I've been lazy and haven't made too much progress on those South America Photos, but I promise you they are worth the wait! In fact, they are 99.73% satisfaction guaranteed (Props for those who are confident knowing the significance).
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Yellowstone is a lie, there are no yellow stones there. I was so angry of being cheated from seeing yellow stones, I went on an epic research journey trying to figure out why it is called Yellowstone. To sum up my research, people were lazy! Yellowstone was originally named by a group of Native Americans who lived near some yellow rocks. They migrated up river and kept the name Yellow Stones, which were adopted by the French (who didn't do their homework and called it Roche Jaune even when there were no yellow stones there) and later adopted by the Americans (who didn't do their homework and called it Yellowstone River even when there were no yellow stones there) and ultimately turned into a national park (which by now, no one cared why it is called Yellowstone anymore). If the French had contacted another group of Native Americans who lived further up north, we would have had Elk National Park instead, which is a much more accurate name.
Now I have nothing against these nice creatures roaming around the park, but the people who form a one hour traffic jam (and even hopped out of their car) just to take some photos of animals that they have seen in a zoo is just ridiculous. (No, I was driving and taking the picture at the same time, well more like taking a picture while sitting in a traffic jam in the middle of nowhere).
Where is the Old Faithful? It is where everyone is looking at with their cellphones/tablets/cameras. Well, except for the two Asians, one is more interested in conversing with the person behind her (sometimes Asians are like that, they get to a place see it for a second, take a photo, then ready to move on to the next thing, even if they fly all the way across the world to see it) and another one who is surprised at how good looking the person standing across from her is and couldn't take her eyes off of him. Or is that a he?...
Ahh here lies the world's largest muticolored hot tub, the Grand Prismatic Spring. Due to the extreme heat of the spring, it is constantly steaming, which is terrible for taking photos of the entire spring. Luckily there was a little hill about a small valley across from the hot tub that offered a great view, after a 5 min drive, 10 min walk, and a 20 min treacherous climb.
Ansel Adams eat your heart out! I bet you didn't have 16 Megapixels, HDR, and digital post processing when you took your photo next to the Snake River.
I took a little side trip to the Grand Tetons during my trip to the no-Yellowstone-to-be-found National Park to divert my mind off of the disappointment. The beauty of the mountain ranges certainly did just that. I thought about doing some of the longer hikes, but without the strongly recommended bear spray, it was a little daunting to take on a black bear with bare hands.
The vastness of the Yellowstone National Park is quite breath taking (not in the literal sense this time). Driving around the park would take 2-3 days to hit all the major spots. From the waterfalls to the hot tubs and the geysers, it makes a great week long trip. Or if you have couple months to spare (and at least 2 bottles of bear spray), a great place to hike to your heart's content.