Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone © Kirsty Peake LRPS Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world, founded in 1872 to protect the thermal features. These are still a major draw for visitors from all over the world but the wildlife is also a big draw. In 1872 when it was founded just 300 visitors arrived, in covered wagons!

Year on year the visitor numbers have increased. 2016 saw it hit 4 million with a slight drop to just below that in 2017. Changed times indeed. The vast majority of visitors come between Memorial Day (late May) and Labor Day (early September).

The wolves are just part of an enormous fascinating and unique environment. The land is not owned or farmed in any way. There are not a large number of roads despite the fact that the Park covers 2 million acres. Hence the large number of traffic jams during the summer months for bears, wolves, bison and anything else.

Yellowstone © Kirsty Peake LRPS Summer temperatures can be around 26 to 32C with winter temperatures dropping as low as -15 to -40C! The cold is different from the UK though as it is a very dry cold and it is strange to having to maintain hydration even on the coldest day.

Yellowstone has a magic all of its own. The original objective was to look for wolves and study their behaviour but there is so much more to Yellowstone. Once you visit, you will want to come back for more. In fact for us, we decided to buy a home near Yellowstone.

The idea was a small log cabin that could be just locked up when they left. However we found a beautiful home that overlooked Emigrant Peak (approx. 11,000ft/3,353m). It was a lot bigger than a 'small log cabin' though.

Yellowstone © Kirsty Peake LRPSWe bought the house in 2006 and for the next 14 years had the most wonderful adventures based there. In 2019 we decided that it was time to sell and in February 2020 we sold it. A difficult decision and a sad one but the right one. 

Packing up was challenging, we just couldn't take everything back to the UK. We were so lucky to close the sale and be back in the UK just as Covid-19 struck world wide. Our adventures now will be based from and around Dartmoor.

 

 

Yellowstone © Kirsty Peake LRPS