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Yellowstone National Park is the first national park to be so designated in the U.S.--possibly the world. This time of year (August) is always very, very busy, and it is difficult to drive through because of so much traffic. Everyone stops when they see any kind of wildlife, so it is like a giant traffic jam in the middle of the wilderness (hints: wake up EARLY, and get off the beaten path!).

In winter, though, it is a magical place (also if you leave the main roads in Summer). It gets very cold here, and it snows a lot, and so the steamy water and geyers become wonderlands for faeries, or one would think. Only guided tours are allowed on the roads or on any machine, though one is free to snowshoe or ski in. In our case, we took the guided tour, but I'd rather just go off exploring.

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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