Flightseeing Yellowstone National Park
During the summer of my dreams, I was provided the opportunity to take a Columbia 400, flying throughout the West. During this summer my wife and I took a trip to Yellowstone National Park, for some hiking and camping. The trip from Los Angeles was great, the weather was perfect and clear and the trip to Yellowstone was our second leg, after stopping in Portland to see some family. Flying from Portland Oregon, we decided to land at Yellowstone Airport, which is in Montana, at the West entrance to the park. Because we landed before officially entering the park, we did not see any of the park from the sky. We rented a car (the park is over 3,400 square miles) and headed towards our reserved camping spot at Canyon Village. Driving through Yellowstone is nothing short of amazing, the wildlife, the wild and shear size of the park is baffling. After a few days of exploring and seeing the sites, including Old Faithful and Artists Paint Pot. We hiked for miles and drove for many more, only covering a tiny fraction of the park during our stay. Soon our time was up and we headed back to the airport. After taking off and on our way South, we decided to do a little flightseeing over Yellowstone Park, let me be the first to say, we were not disappointed. What an incredible sight from the sky, we had hiked around Painters Pot and had no idea the depth of color within this natural feature. It wasn’t until we flew over the park that we realized how truly amazing some of these natural features are. If you ever have a chance to overfly Yellowstone, I highly recommend it. Bring a telephoto lens, stay high enough to not disturb nature and enjoy sights you could not fully appreciate from the ground.