Idaho Falls magazine staffers ventured up to the park in late June for a little vacation time. (Funny how even the most obvious recreational pursuits still end up being work-related!) To say it was crowded would be an understatement. In fact, it was a zoo, and the featured exhibit was a prevalent species of two-legged camera clicker. As pretty as the scenery was during the daytime, the congestion was often overpowering.
But as the daylight waned to dusk, something beautiful happened. Yellowstone's most prolific critters retreated to their dens. And as the sky turned from a pale orange to an entrancing violet, we could at last hear the forest breathe.
And of course, it was a sight to behold.
If you ever make it to Yellowstone, there's something you simply must do above all else: Watch Old Faithful erupt AFTER the sun goes down. Even in the thick of peak tourist season, you'll be amazed how so few people would stick around to watch something so magnificent and beautiful.
Just one hitch: skeeters. Lots of them. Pack lots of spray and you'll be fine.