Thursday, January 26, 2017

Yellowstone ~ Our First National Park

Yellowstone National Park 
This fall, my husband and I were privileged to visit Yellowstone National Park. What an adventure! Plus, the trip was research for books. Zebulon's Bride  #7 in the Grandma's Wedding Quilt Series and others.

I have to say, Yellowstone was a world of surprises. I thought the name must come from gold - nope. The area and Shoshone River smell like sulfur. Many of the rocks and mountains have a yellow tint to them.

Shoshone river is also known as stinking water river. Boy did they get that right.

< Here's a picture of Old Faithful which isn't quite as faithful as it used to be, but it's still impressive.  The entire region is steaming with colorful mud pits, geysers, and mountains roaring with steam.

                     Add a gigantic blue lake and abundant wildlife and you can see why this unique landscape became the first National Park in the United States established in 1872,

Don't pet the buffalo ~ : )  OR take a selfie with one.

Indians frequented the region thousands of years ago and even hunted woolly mammoths.

Trappers traversed the area in the 1700s. The Lewis and Clark expedition, 1804-1806, traveled just north of Yellowstone and were greatly helped by the Shoshone
woman Sacagawea.

One of the members of the expedition, John Colter returned and explored the land. He came away with vivid descriptions of the wonders he'd seen, but they were so odd that no publishers would print them.

Rich with history, Yellowstone National Park is well worth the visit.

Explore America.
As writers of Historical Romance and members of the Sweet Americana Sweethearts, that is what we are doing. Although our characters explore romance, we set them in some of the most beautiful parts of America to give our readers a taste of this great country.  I hope you enjoy our stories.
Patricia PacJac Carroll

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  1. Isn't Yellowstone WORTH the drive? My husband jokes that he "grew up in Yellowstone", having visited there all but two summers of his life between birth and age twenty. From there, visits gradually spread out. He knows the park like the back of his hand, and share the most amazing details. Your pictures remind me of many precious family memories in the park. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have always loved Yellowstone, and have managed to visit it twice, along with the Grand Tetons. They are on the list for return visits. Doris

  3. Love the information. Thanks for sharing.