Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
68Trip End Aug 13, 2010
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Unlike Zion or Bryce, Yellowstone’s attractions are spread out quite a bit and there is a lot to see here but it will take you some days. I’ve been here a couple of times before with my parents but remember very little. I’m sure most of you have seen this place as well. We took the 14 into the park. There was a lot of construction going on so we were waiting around in the road some before getting through the gate. Our NP pass saved us $25 on the park entrance. The lady at the gate said that the fastest way through the park to the west gate, if we wanted to do it in one day, would be the southern loop. She said that there was lots of road work happening on the northern route that would hold us up. The southern loop will take us past the Old Faithful so that works. We stopped off at the lake and had lunch.
We pulled into a parking lot at West Thumb and took a walk around these mudpots and cauldrons. I liked the warning sign of this sightseer being torched as he stands on a geyser. (see pic) Great piece of art.
We were here about 20 minutes before the eruption so we sat around (with about 500 other people) and watched it go off. That was alright (see pic and vid) but the cooler stuff to see is on the trek up behind Old Faithful.
If we had more time I would have liked to drive up to the northern side of the park and check out the canyon. We read that we might catch more glimpses of big animals there. As it were we saw some elk grazing in a field and that was about it for big game.
We left the park around 6 or 7 then made it to a Walmart parking lot in Rexburg, Idaho just before dark. This was close to a Lithia dealership where I was planning on getting an oil change the next day. I’m about 500 miles past due.
I asked Violet that day….”Did you like seeing those geysers and stuff.” She replied….”Dad….I live in a trailer…..” As I mentioned in an earlier post….Vi is done with being a tourist and can’t wait for school to start.