I hesitated for a few minutes when I received an offer from Tauck tour operator to book a "Yellowstone in Winter" tour. "You've got to be kidding", I said to myself, a Miami resident now considering visiting Yellowstone National Park in mid-January (2014). Temperatures could plunge deep in minus Farenheit territory.
But I'm kind of adventurous, so I booked myself, and now I can tell you about what a wonderful adventure it was!
I had never been to Yellowstone, but had always wanted to. The tour group consisted of 24 people, all very congenial and anxious to experience something unique.
The weather during the 10 days or so of the tour was picture perfect. Cold, but not intolerable, and blue skies every day. We did finally have a snowstorm during the last two days of the tour, but that turned out to be "icing on the cake" (pun intended), because we went snowshoeing one day as part of the tour, and I went dog sledding on my own on my last day before returning to tropical Miami.
Yellowstone in Winter is awesome! There are few people visiting then, and it was a great way to see and photograph animals in the wild, including the ubiquitous bisons. And seeing Old Faithful and other geysers and volcanic features for the first time was an experience I will never forget.
If you want to see some of the photos of my trip, you may visit my Picasa web album: