Last week, we went to the Yellowstone National Park.
I have seen Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on national parks, and always have the fascination to see all of them. And I had read and heard a lot about the Yellowstone National Park. But, even then, the experience was breathtaking and mind-blowing in every sense of the words.
I am sharing my moments from the trip in this post.
The humongous volcano under the park creates variety of geothermal effects of geysers, hot springs, and mud pots. The plateau that is at the elevation of 7000 feet, and the mountains, rivers and lakes around it make for the incredible splendor and stunning natural beauty.
We started our trip at the Grand Teton National Park. There is a huge lake surrounded by mountains all around, and the clean water creates incredible effects with reflection. The reflection of snow covered Grand Teton peak literally took away my breathe. The word that came to mind while looking at the view was serene.
The Old Faithful at the Yellowstone was at the top of the list, as we had heard so many legends of it. The geyser shoots up more than 100 feet in the air every 90 minutes or so. Seeing it irrupt was quite an experience. The hot water and micro-organisms create amazing colorful patterns on the ground.
We went to the Mammoth Hot Springs. The hot water is flowing down the mountain rocks. The kaleidoscope of colors and patterns on the ground have created the landscape that is so hard to imagine. I was looking at quotes from different people at one of the visitors center inside the park. I saw words from Fred Remington in the list, and they have stayed with me, “Paint can’t touch it and words are wasted.” Couldn’t have said better than that….
It’s like the Mother Nature bringing out her artistic side, and painting the land and sculpting the mountains in to an incredible piece of art – a piece that spreads over more than two million acres. That’s how big the park is. The last time the volcano had irrupted was 640,000 years ago. The kind of forces that created the natural wonder of this scale are beyond my imagination.
One visible proof, the iconic symbol of Mother Nature’s power and majesty, is I think the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The fault activity of the earthquake, the thermal effects of geysers and heat on the rhyolite rocks , and melting of the ice after the ice age created the canyon. The high iron content of the rock on the canyon walls is literally oxidizing even today giving them incredible range of colors.
Walking early in the morning along the Madison River was a very soothing, heartwarming experience. The ambiance is so quiet early in the morning, the only sounds you hear are music of flowing water and birds greeting the morning with their sweet voices and songs. Sun comes out creating incredible range of colors around mountain edges and surface of the river. Looking at the soothing flow of water, listening to the natural music, and soaking in colors of the nature took me in completely.
Nathaniel Langford has powerful words, “There is a majestic harmony in the whole.”
Harmony is the word. Nature always has that power to soothe and heal. Isn’t it? The vacation gave us an opportunity to take a pause from hectic pace, and be close to the nature. Albert Einstein once said that the world has one collective conscience, and being in harmony with it, embracing all of the things and living creatures in it, and tearing down our walls of narrow perceptions and attachments is very liberating. I feel blessed to be part of that harmony in my moments at the Yellowstone.
How therapeutic and invigorating!
We feel recharged. We are rejuvenated. And now, even more inspired to focus on the world we want to create.