Geyser Country

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
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Trip End Jul 27, 2012


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Friday, June 29, 2012

On vient tout juste de boucler notre visite de Yellowstone! Nous avons passť les deux dernieres journes dans la section Sud du Parc. Section qui regorge de geysers et de piscines thermales. Certaines piscines thermales etaient spectuculaires, quoique en soit de voir des geysers et des
piscines thermales sort de l’ordinaire! Du moins pour nous! Nous avons bien sur assister a l’eruption du fameux Old Faithful Geyser, qui a notre plus grand bonheur fut en retard d’une dizaine de minutes, ce qui nous a permis de nous y rendre a temps! Coup de chance!


Apres cette journee bien remplie a courir les geysers et a sentir le soufre, nous avons pris la direction de Grand Teton Village, afin d’etre plus pres de la Section plus au Sud du Parc du Yellowstone et du Parc du Grand Teton, parc souvent laisse pour compte a cause de son voisin a grande reputation, mais serieusement, juste de la route, on a ete fort impressionne de la vue! Et cela n’est qu’un avant gout!  Avant de vous parlez de notre derniere journee a Yellowstone, un petit apparte sur ou l’on sejourne. On a decide de bouque un auberge de jeunesse afin de pouvoir cuisiner et ainsi esperer sauver quelques dollars, dans ce village au allure de station de ski, donc tres dispendieux…Et bien, il semblerait qu’ici les auberges de jeunesse n’ont pas de cuisiniere, seulement un four a micro-ondes…Mais 3 salles de jeux…Les murs sont des planches de 2x4, donc on entend tout…meme lorsque notre voisin d’en haut abaisse la bol de toilette…Pour 90$ la nuit, c’est pas terrible, je m’ennuie des auberge de jeunesse de la
Nouvelle-Zelande…Mais bon, l’emplacement est quand meme feerique…

 

Notre derniere journee fut plus relax, on a fait une petite randonnee a West Thumb Yellowstone Lake, randonnee classe comme moyennement difficile…mais selon nous, cela etait davantage tres facile…A l’exception, qu’on nous a avise qu’un grizzly avait ete vu tres recemment dans les parrages. J’ai tout de meme braver ma peur et nous nous sommes lance dans la randonnee, mais non sans notre bear spray, nos cloches a ours, mon sifflet et une gourde remplie de roches. Je sais je suis intense…Malheureusement, j’ai du faire fuir toute vie sauvage des environs au grand desespoir des autres randonneurs…Mais bon c’etait la recommandation du ranger du parc…faire du bruit et surtout faire differentes sortes de bruit. J’ecoute ce qu’on me dit de faire, c’est tout J


We managed to avoid any bear attacks, but just to be extra safe we decided to visit the geysers and thermal pools with Serge in tow.  First we went to sheepeater cliff and firehole falls. Then, we visited a few geyser areas on our way to old faithful: lower geyser basin, midway geyser basin (with the incredibly beautiful and colorful prismatic springs), biscuit basin, and black sands basin. I never expected to see so many geysers and hot springs in my life. Although there were
some beautiful ones along the way I think we were ready to move onto some new scenery. We then arrived at the old faithful and saw that it was going to erupt in about 10 minutes. We accidentally drove around in a circle to find it thinking we arrived to late. Fortunately, old faithful was late, so we only waited a couple of minutes before it erupted with a 100+ foot stream of steam and water!  Then we moved on our way through south Yellowstone past the beautiful Grand Tetons to the hostel in Teton Village.

We booked a private room in the “hostel” which costs about twice as much as a normal hostel. After checking in we learn that we have different definitions of the word hostel. There’s no kitchen, plywood walls, and 2 twin beds make up the “queen” bed. This morning when we tried to grab some coffee and our food and head on our way we realized they were on hippie time so we had to wait awhile for them to open up the lobby. Anyway…

On the drive to South Yellowstone we got a taste of the beautiful views of the Grand Tetons. Then we moved on to see Lewis Falls and headed over to the west thumb geyser basin. After hearing about recently Grizzly activity and reading about the hike to the overlook of Yellowstone lake we prepped with the anti-bear and hiking equipment up to what we thought was a strenuous hike only to find that other people were going in sandals (I guess it doesn’t hurt being overprepared though). Then we drove around Yellowstone lake for a picnic. After the picnic I started getting eye allergies so had to pull over. I couldn’t really see out of my right eye for about a couple of hours. Then we headed to the Mud Volcano and the Sulfur Caldron. Julie tells me it looked nice (I still couldn’t see much). Then we headed down to Jackson Hole.

Jackson Hole is a bit of a quaint, touristy ski area like Teton village overlooking the Tetons. We grabbed some food and when we were about to leave the other couple eating next to us noticed Julie speaking French and after talking we realized they were from near Montreal too. Small world! Well we’re back in the hostel and ready for a couple of days exploring the
Grand Tetons.

A la prochaine!

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