Jana came over to Yellowstone for a visit and we just finished a grueling 18 mile round trip hike, in 1 DAY!!!
We wanted to photograph the Union Falls waterfall and soak in the hot springs and man was it worth the effort! If you're into hiking, this should be on the top of your list of hikes to add to the list. If you arent into hiking, just know this section of the park is amazing and might just be a reason to get you into the sport
Jana and Cindy ready to head out before Sunrise at the Cascade Creek Trailhead
It was the first time we realized we were in the fall season when we visited the Bechler Area where we're camped up in Grant Village, its all Pines, so no fall color
The morning was chilly with the temperatures hovering just above freezing. We werent ready to take off our boots yet for this first stream crossing
The numerous streams, waterfalls and cascades are reason enough to be out hiking before sunrise in the freezing temperatures
Once the sun did come up, the clothes got stripped off but the river crossings were still brutally cold
Moose Antler we found along the hike - Photo by my Wife Cindy Bonish
Union Falls themselves are worth the hike! I believe nature to be my religion, and when viewing a scene like this perched atop a 100' cliff, its as spirtual for me as ones journey to Mecca or the Vatican
From the falls, we decided it would be worth it to add another 1.5 miles to the hike to soak in the hot springs. Imagine finding this tropical looking spring nestled in the backcountry of Yellowstone, all to yourself and with water that's 85 degrees!!
Swimming in the tropical warm waters in Yellowstone National Park. Who'd have thunk it?
Studying the map while hiking back home
My wife Cindy, hiking through the neon colors of the Bechler Area
One last stream crossing just as the sun had set. We still had a few miles to go and it would soon be dark in Bear Country
Getting back to our camp site, well after dark and enjoying the heavens
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