The Big Ride – Nature at its finest! (Yellowstone Park, Wy)

Over the years I’ve only imagined what a visit to Yellowstone Park might be like.  It’s like an institution.  It’s to the US what Jasper and Banff are to Canada and to the world.  I’m sure that if you took a poll, everyone has heard about it and it’s on the bucket list of many including mine!

I couldn’t imagine doing the The Big Ride without including a visit to this awe inspiring National Park that was established in 1872 and spans almost 3500 square miles comprised of lakes, canyons, rivers and some pretty incredible mountain ranges.  It has an abundance of wildlife and many geothermal features, including Old Faithful Geyser.

When I arrived at the park after a couple of hours of riding, it was as if Old Faithful had been waiting for my arrival.  I parked my bike, checked out the facilities at the lodge, including the purchase of a tasty ice cream treat and headed over to the information counter to see if there was any indication as to when the geyser was going to erupt.  Within minutes she was blowing steam like crazy.  Here’s a clip of her spectacular performance!

In addition to seeing Old Faithful spewing away, I was able to take in a few of the sights in the park including coming across some wildlife during my visit.  Here are some of the photos from my visit to the park.

Welcome to Yellowstone Park!
Welcome to Yellowstone Park!
Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone Park - great ice cream store in this locations...then again every ice cream store is great!
Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone Park – great ice cream store in this location…then again every ice cream store is great!
The Ol' Girl blowing off here steam!
The Ol’ Girl blowing off her steam!
Geothermal activity can be found throughout the park with many geysers throughout the basin
Geothermal activity can be found throughout the park with many geysers in the basin
A meadow in Yellowstone filled with wildflowers
A meadow in Yellowstone filled with wildflowers
A field of dreams!
A field of dreams!
The wildlife was plentiful in Yellowstone Park.  Here is a young elk enjoying its mid day snack
The wildlife was plentiful in Yellowstone Park. Here is a young elk enjoying its mid day snack

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A big bison in Yellowstone Park.
A big bison in Yellowstone Park.
I hope they aren't coming this way!
I hope they aren’t coming this way!
Buffalo Gold!
Buffalo Gold!
The impact of the forest fire that devastated Yellowstone Park in 1988 can still be seen today.  Please be careful in the forests!
The impact of the forest fire that devastated Yellowstone Park in 1988 can still be seen today. Please be careful in the forests!
Yellowstone Lake is that largest natural lake at high elevation in North America at more than 7000 feet and is about 20 miles long and 14 miles wide!
Yellowstone Lake is that largest natural lake at high elevation in North America at more than 7000 feet and is about 20 miles long and 14 miles wide!

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The jagged majestic peaks can be found throughout Yellowstone Park
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A typical scene found throughout this beautiful 3500 square mile park
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I’m sure a few mountain sheep are hiding out here!

From here I’m heading north through Montana and back into Canada.  I will be following the Canadian Rocky Mountains into Banff and Jasper, some of the  most spectacular parks in the world, as well as visiting family and friends along the way.  Stay tuned as the next chapter of  this amazing trip unfolds!

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

6 thoughts on “The Big Ride – Nature at its finest! (Yellowstone Park, Wy)

  1. I think you mean poll and not “pole”- a typo.
    You are having a great adventure!
    Will be in Ottawa next week. Enjoy the summer.
    Brian M-C

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  2. I finally went out and got a map of the US so I could plot your trip. What an amazing route you have taken. Welcome back to Canada just in time for Canada Day. Happy riding.

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