03.08.2010 - 03.08.2010 24 °C
Rise time 5.40am.
The first job this morning was to get to the Artist Point canyon overlook on the canyon's south rim. This is probably the most spectacular spot in the park. From the overlook looking west you can see directly down the canyon to the magnificant lower falls. It promised to be absolutely stunning as the rising sun would crash along the canyon and light up the falls. Unfortunately, the clouds were so heavy and set that the sun could just not penetrate them and it wasn't quite the moment is could have been. It just means I'l be back tomorrow, life could be worse!
I remained in the canyon area for most of today and hiked around, up and down the upper and lower falls. I went to the 'brink' of both falls, which were epic. At the brink you stand just metres away from the the powerful water as it crashes over the waterfall's edge. By now the sun had broken through the cloud and the rising mist was turned into a magnificent rainbow.
After spending time at the falls I went back to Hayden Valley to spot more wildlife. It isn't hard to find bison here in the valley, as in the summer it's where the freshest vegetation is to be found. The bison had gathered in large numbers in the valley on one side of the road so I jumped up on the roof of my car to get a better view of them. It wasn't quite what I wanted to I jumped off the roof and made my way down into the valley. I could see some people giving me odd looks, but i new if I was careful there would be no problem. I would just have to be very aware of my surroundings, constantly looking around to see where the bison were; to make sure none were heading my way or that I wasn't being cut off from an escae route if one was needed. I ended up predicting them very well and got out of the valley just before several more bison moved down the area I was just in.
In the evening I came back to the brink of the lower falls (the falls I had been watching for sun rise this morning) and watch the setting sun sparkle in the water and turn the yellow rhyolite canyon walls shades of orange and gold.