“The only think I really remember from my last visit years ago to Yellowstone National Park was that it smelled…” said AJ as we drove into the park. I could understand, as the lingering scent of rotten eggs from the sulfur springs did seem to waft over the more popular parts of the park. Yet, once you start wandering around, looking at the strange abstract mineral deposits on the ground and waiting expectantly for Old Faithful Geyser to erupt, you realize that there’s more to Yellowstone than the smell. Hiking down to waterfalls, visiting the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone (not to be confused with the actual Grand Canyon) and the crazy wildlife of coyotes, elks and bison wandering about, there’s more to the park than just hot spewing water. Of course, with over 3 million visitors a year, this probably comes as no surprise to anyone. I know I’ll remember a lot more than the smell from my trip there.
All photos were taken by AJ Bates and Irvin Lin on the Canon 5DMkII and the iPhone 5.