By Marie Painter
November 11, 2011
I just got back home from a trip to Yellowstone National Park. I LOVE THIS PLACE! This was my second trip to Yellowstone (both trips in May), and I hope to make many more! There are many National Parks that I hope to visit, but I must see Yellowstone in the fall. I live in Houston, TX and don't have a lot of money, but I save as much as I can to visit as many National Parks as possible. I've been to several National Parks, and love them all, but Yellowstone is such a special place. I've attached some of my favorite pictures from this year's trip, and you'll notice they're all about the animals! Where else can you go and see a mama & baby bison walking across the road right in front of you, or see grizzly & black bears digging in the ground for grubs (how do the park rangers show up so fast when there's a bear sighting?)?? I also saw big horn sheep, prong horn sheep, elk, eagles, and a couple critters that I'll have to research because I don't know what they are! Besides the beautiful scenery - the waterfalls, the meadows, the mountains, the trees, the canyon (not as fabulous as the Grand Canyon, but really beautiful) - there's the thermal activity that's absolutely fascinating to see up close. I must also say that the park rangers make the whole experience even more memorable. They are always so knowledgeable, helpful, polite and considerate - what an awesome job they have, and they do it so well. I love the way they are concerned about the welfare of the visitors, but at Yellowstone, I think they're even more concerned about the welfare of the animals that live in the park - and I think that's awesome! We must preserve our National Parks for generations to come, and if anyone doesn't understand that, they haven't visited a National Park. One trip to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Arches, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Petrified Forest (these are just the ones that I've been fortunate enough to visit) and any reasonable person would understand the importance of preserving these places. I thank the NPS for all they do and am happy & proud to be a member of the NPCA and Yellowstone National Park.