Today we experienced the tracks of Yellowstone. Our first inclination was to ask,”who made them?” While there were many physical signs, we wanted to focus on what tracks this experience will leave on us. Seeing the beauty of Yellowstone made us stop and think about how we get used to the day to day routines and miss the teachable moments that nature reveals to us. Here are some of our teachable moments of the day…
When you think of water, you think of movement. You think of it moving and falling over rocks following a path. But when it encounters the cold of winter, it is forced to adapt. The falls were surrounded by masses of ice and the open waters were hidden by snow and ice.
Historically, the bison roamed freely, but were slaughtered in large numbers almost to extinction, forever altering the tracks of the species. Thankfully, today we were able to witness bison walking on the road, digging in the snow, and resting peacefully.
The expanse of the glistening snow revealed tracks of things happening above and below the surface. Even though our wildlife spotting was minimal, there was evidence of the animals moving in many directions.
The track of the volcanic hot spot created many of the beautiful vistas that we witnessed today. Majestic snow-covered mountains made us realize how vast and beautiful our world can be.
As we headed home for the night we were presented with our last teachable moment. Streaks of orange and pink with the mountains and trees set against them inspired us to reflect on the beauty of nature and the tracks she presented to us today.
Written by Betsy, Dawn, and Dianne