Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fariy Falls, more mystic than Mystic Falls: Day Three

Our last day was a good one. We decided to do some last day immersion and drove back into the park to hike to Fairy Falls. On the way there, we detoured to Firehole Falls, which was an awesome idea. It was a beautiful drive through a narrow canyon, with the mountain on one side and the river on the other.

As we tried to turn back onto the main road, we were traffic jammed by a bison! We saw him walk through the intersection, plodding down the road like he was a car.

The walk to Fairy Falls went along the Midway Geyser Basin, which was gorgeous! The water must reflect against the steam, coloring the steam!

Midway Geyser Basin


Midway Geyser Basin


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The first half of the trail was flat and a little wet
This hike went directly through burn forest that is recovering. Most of the trees were still very short, but in some areas, they were taller than us. Trees closed us in, and I can only imagine how much more claustrophobic it would have been to walk this before the fire.

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I looove these designs


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Fairy Falls
Fairy Falls! (not too mystical to tell the truth)


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These feel SO Martha Stewart


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We ate a small lunch from our cooler and then hit the road again. It was a little sad leaving, because the trip felt too short and lacking on the bison-sighting front.

But then, a few miles from the West exit, we caught up to our plodding bison friend! He was still walking in the right lane of traffic, and he had found a friend to walk with! (another bison). It was an awesome way to end the trip =)