In the summer of 1988 fires affected about one third of Yellowstone. There have been fires here about every 150 to 300 years. It is part of life. We learned about serotinous (sir rottenness) cones from lodgepole pines. They have a waxy coating that is melted when a fire occurs. They spread their seeds on the forest floor so that new trees will grow after a fire. We saw many burned trees and even more new tree growth all planted naturally!
We hiked along the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Hot water acting on volcanic rock created the canyon’s colors and weakened the rock, which the Yellowstone River then eroded. We learned how Yellowstone received its name. Native Americans refered to it as the the river of the yellow rock.
These are some of the interesting rock formations we saw as we drove through the park. I really enjoyed the diverse landscape.
While visiting the park, we camped at a National Forest Service Campground in West Yellowstone. It’s called Baker’s Hole and we loved it. Marcus and Caroline went fishing in the river (right across the river is Yellowstone.) We cooked over a campfire and made some friends from New Jersey, they had even been to Factoryville before. The camp hosts here were great. It was $22 for water and electric.