Every week for Throwback Thursday we’ll post an image from the (slowly uploading) archive – a scanned slide or still – I took from one of my family adventures as a kid to the wilds of Yellowstone and the Canadian Rockies, or from my trips as a teen to the Great Bear Rainforest to help document the spirit bear.
Today’s photo: Tower Falls
Around 10am, every morning, a rainbow is visible at the base of Yellowstone National Park’s Tower Falls. To reach the base, you take a brief, steep 15 minute hike to the bottom of the canyon.
But in 2011 – after a year of record snow and, subsequently, record flooding – the final stretch of the Tower Falls path to the base of the waterfall was washed out and access is no longer permitted. While there is some talk that the path might be fixed, many believe it is unlikely, falling victim to endless park budget cuts.
I wish I could have one more crack at shooting the falls from the base with my gear today, but thankfully my dad and I would make a pilgrimage to this spot every year when I was a kid, giving me a lifetime’s worth of photos.