April 15th – 23rd was national park week! During this week all national parks waive their entrance fee, so we went to Grand Teton and Yellowstone.
We can see the Tetons from our house in Idaho but the park is in Wyoming where the mountains reside. They are truly beautiful and unique mountains. As I gazed in awe, I wondered why visiting such grand structures like these is so desirable.
Then it hit me.
I think people love things that distract from the hustle and grind and remind them that they’re a small piece of a much larger puzzle. That’s why space inspires us, why the stars are so wonderful and why tons of people come from all over to visit the Grand Canyon. They give us perspective. It is very humbling.
We went to Yellowstone the following weekend. It was a cloudy day; kind of chilly. I was so excited to see old faithful because it’s the most iconic destination of the whole park but I was actually pretty disappointed when we got there.
All she does is spit out water.
She was not nearly as cool as the basins, which ended up being my favorite parts. Especially Norris Basin. This place is filled with growling gurgling geysers and mud pots, small ponds that are glowing with turquoise and orange microorganisms, and bellowing fumaroles that feel like a refreshing sauna. This place has almost 200 different geysers and fumaroles and the average temperature of the water is 199 degrees Fahrenheit.
I highly recommend visiting Yellowstone on a cooler day because the steam from the fumaroles are massive! Walking through the Grand Prismatic spring is like a sauna; your hair gets wet, your face is wet, your glasses gets wet.
Theodore Roosevelt once said “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.”
I am so grateful these amazing lands have been protected all these years. That the buffalo can roam freely. That the bears can live freely. These parks are truly magical places full of ancient spirit and I feel I am changed for the better each time I leave one.