We had a one-mile hike to get to the trailhead for the falls, and then it was a winding dirt path through a thick evergreens forest. The trees weren’t very tall, and lots of them were down. We kept thinking it was the perfect place for bears. We were a bit concerned when it seemed like almost every single person we passed along the trail had bells attached to their backpacks, or we would spot a can of bear spray hanging off their belt loop. We only had a backpack of water bottles… and Emilee, who usually chatters nonstop along a trail if there is a fear of bears. Considering the fact that a man was killed by a bear in Yellowstone a couple of weeks ago, we expected some chatter from Emilee! We walked about 2.5 miles to the falls, and they were beautiful. The weather was perfect… sunny with a slight breeze and about 78 degrees. But at the base of the waterfall, the temperature felt like it dropped about 20 degrees. It felt great!
Ashlee at Fairy Falls.
Emilee didn't feel like posing for me.
We spent a little bit of time at the base of the falls, and then Emilee started not feeling very well. That’s why we hadn’t gotten much chatter out of her. She and I started back toward the van, but Scott and Ashlee wanted to walk a bit further up the trail to the Imperial Geyser. On our way back to the car, I grabbed a picture of Grand Prismatic Springs from the other side of it.
|Grand Prismatic Springs toward the top of the picture|
Scott said he thinks this hike almost did them in, but they got a great view at the top… and came face-to-face with a marmot! His camera battery was dead by then, so no picture of the marmot.
We finished up our Yellowstone visit and headed back to the hotel passing more bison and elk along the way. Yellowstone definitely was the best park to see animals! Our favorites… the bison and the bald eagle.