By Bennett Owen
As part of the My-West fall road trip, we took an early October swing through snow-capped Yellowstone Park…no lines, no traffic jams…and no lollygagging either, because it was freakin’ COLD! The kids will most likely remember one very photogenic chipmunk, a few snowball fights and the view of Yellowstone Falls from Artist’s Point, which suitably blew away the CGI saturated munchkins.
In an effort to entertain and enlighten the kids en route, I uncovered some things about Yellowstone that entertained and enlightened me more than anyone else and since they didn’t impress the kids I’m trying ten of them out on you:
10 – Tiny little Isa Lake is the only body of water that empties into both sides of the Continental Divide…feeding both the Missouri and mighty Columbia rivers.
9 – Redwoods once grew in Yellowstone. Geologists say the Petrified Tree near Tower Junction is “anatomically indistinguishable from modern Redwoods growing today along the California coast.”
8 – Gardner, Montana at the north entrance of Yellowstone is located directly on the 45th parallel…halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.
7 – There is an appropriately named ‘Mae West’ curve on the Grand Loop Road near the Antelope Creek overlook.
Mae West Curve. Credit: mccormacka
6 - You can tell the temperature of the water by the color of the algae. Bright yellow survives at 160 F, while the green stuff means the water temperature is a mere 120 F.
Morning Glory Pool. Credit: jpc.raleigh
5 – That thing hanging from a Moose’s neck is called a Dewlap.
4 – Bill Clinton was the last of eight presidents who visited Yellowstone Park while in office.
Credit: Washington Post
3 - Steamboat Geyser is the highest erupting geyser in the world, shooting water as high as 400 feet.
Credit: Joe Shlabotnik
2 – The fastest animal found in Yellowstone is the Pronghorn Antelope, with top speeds of 50 MPH…slightly slower than ME after spotting a Grizzly Bear.
Credit: Talking Tree
1- Yellowstone Park is not only the first US national park but the world’s first as well, and sparked a global effort to preserve and maintain places of rare natural beauty.