Yellowstone National Park is a wondrous place full of eye-popping scenery and nature's beauty and weirdness. It isn't Disneyworld, however, and they don't coddle their visitors here. You have to walk everywhere, past a lot of boiling, dangerous, smelly places in a high altitude, past buffalo, elk and the occasional hungry bear. It's amazing how idiotic people can be, putting their children within stomping distance of a bison in order to get a snapshot for Aunt Tilly back home. I love the graphics at Yellowstone, warning people not to do stupid things. Boom, there goes a guy flying through the air after being gored by a buffalo. Sizzle, goes a kid stepping in a steaming geyser. We picked up a great souvenir in a Yellowstone gift shop: a book entitled "Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in America's First National Park." It chronicles the 300 deaths in the park since 1870. Check out these chapter titles: "Hold Fast to Your Children: Death in Hot Water," "I Think I Shall Never See: Death from Yellowstone's Falling Trees," "These Animals Are Not Real: The Myth That Can Kill You," "Malice in Wonderland: Yellowstone Murders," and many, many more. Makes for a great read after a long day of sightseeing.
This blog is devoted to old fashioned American roadside attractions... the wonderfully big, bizarre, crazy, wacky, quirky, weird, funny, unique and mundane sites you see travelling cross-country by car in the USA, where getting there really is all the fun!