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It is Freakin’ Yellowstone, Okay?

Mammoth Hot Springs at Yellowstone

Mammoth Hot Springs at Yellowstone

What can you say, about such an exceedingly covered place like Yellowstone that hasn’t already been said?  Where can you take pictures, in this most photographed of places, and somehow be unique? What are the new superlatives?  I had heard so much about Yellowstone that there was no way it was going to meet my expectations. Everyone I met who had seen the place gushed about it like some hackneyed travel brochure. I was already jaded and I hadn’t even been there yet.

Before I arrived I had prepared my mind not to give into that enchanted place. I am after all unique. I was going to be immune and examine this vixen of a place with skeptical, detached eyes.  I wasn’t going to drink the Kool-Aid. I was going to be aloof and make Yellowstone chase me for my limited capacity of affection. I always try and see the world with an open mind but, this is the center of domestic flyover country and, I wasn’t going to let this empty spot on a map charm me.

Boy was I humbled. From the time we enter the park near Gardiner, Montana I was hooked. My skepticism quickly melted away and I was transformed into what I guess at heart I truly am; another swivel headed, camera swinging member of the hoi polloi with mouth agape at the wonder. I have nothing original to say about the place but lesson learned; sometimes places are popular with good reason.

Artist Paint Pots at Yellowstone

Artist Paint Pots at Yellowstone

Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone

Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone

Buffalo at Yellowstone National Park

Buffalo at Yellowstone National Park

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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  1. Stunning photos

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  2. Absolutely you are right it’s a most photographed of places and of coarse real beauty of nature. Wonderful pictures and place. I must be very lucky if i ever get a chance to visit this beautiful and unique location ever in my life.

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  3. I vaguely remember seeing these spots as a child, exploring Yellowstone. A return trip is definitely in order though. Where are you off to now?

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