Trip to Yellowstone

Recently Julianna, her brother George, and I went down to Yellowstone National Park for a few days. It was a lovely trip, with perfect weather, temperatures around 15-20 celcius during the day, and lots of sunshine. Our first stop prior to entering Yellowstone, was Great Falls, where we visited the Lewis and Clark interpretive centre, and took pictures of the Great Falls, and the Missouri River.

Great Falls

Missouri River

From there, we travelled on into Yellowstone Park. Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, it was officially recognized as such in 1872, when U. Grant was President. The park is open year round, and approximately, 2 or 3 million people come to visit every year.

Our next stop was the Lewis and Clark Caverns/Caves. It takes about two hours to do the tour. Unfortunately, it is not a tour recommended for folks with limited mobility. Here are a couple of pictures from the caves.

Lewis & Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caves2

Looking at this second picture, you might be able to see a mask or face-like image in the lit up area.

On our way, we drove by this old abandoned pioneer log cabin.

Pioneer Log Cabin

Our guide told us that there are as many people visiting in the winter as in the summer. We thought September would be a quieter time to visit, but alas, that was not the case. The park was named after its yellow-gold cliffs. It is of great interest to scientists and artists alike. Scientists study the geothermal activity of geysers, hot springs, mud pools and fumaroles, as well as the largest active volcano in the world, which erupted 640,000 years ago. Artists come to paint, draw and photograph the beautiful colours, shapes and sizes of the park’s unique landscape.

Here are a few photos of the park’s geothermal and artistic beauty.

Colourful Cliffs

More Colourful Cliffs

Colourful Pool

Rainbow

Castle Geyser

Waterfalls

Mammoth Hot Springs

Left is Julianna's shadow, my shadow is centre, and George's shadow is right

Animals are also an integral part of the park’s natural history. Sadly, many visitors do not abide by the park’s rule to keep a safe distance from wildlife and almost every year a few folks get hurt or killed. Our guide told of one visitor one was mauled by a bear while hiking alone on a trail without bearspray. Here’s what we saw.

Bison

Elk crossing street at Mammoth Hot Springs townsite

I hope you enjoyed our photos from Yellowstone National Park. It is a wonderful place to visit!

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Wordle: Matthew 20:16

The depraved United Nations

On September 20, the vast majority of the 192 member countries of the United Nations will probably “recognize” a Palestinian state.

The “recognition” will not be accompanied with caveats about dismantling PA terrorist organizations such as Al- Aksa Martyrs Brigades or ending the incitement to hatred and murder of Jews and Israelis that pervades all levels of Palestinian society. There will be no requirements for demilitarization. Nor will negotiations by the PA to unite with the genocidal Hamas be curtailed. The Palestinians will not be obliged to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and will continue demanding the Arab right of return to it.

Renewal of negotiations with Israel are unlikely because the Palestinians realize that their goals can be more effectively achieved by leveraging international pressure on us to make further unilateral concessions – and dismantle us in stages.

This event will be followed by Durban III, a UN endorsed hate fest designed to delegitimize and demonize the Jewish state. The principal participant will be Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who recently predicted that the UN recognition of Palestinian statehood would represent the first step toward the inevitable elimination of the Jewish state. Like the preceding meetings in 2001 and 2009, this purportedly “anti-racist conference” will overwhelmingly concentrate on spewing venom against Israel.

The founders of the United Nations, who after the defeat of Nazism endorsed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, could never have visualized that the organization they created would become controlled by dictatorships and tyrannies and transformed into a platform for promoting genocide.

You can read the whole article here.

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