Fishing Bridge Area of Yellowstone National Park

Trip Start May 25, 2008
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Trip End Aug 03, 2008


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Friday, May 30, 2008

Since our truck was leaking rusty water I took it to the repair shop right as it opened. We lucked out at it is located just a quarter of a mile down the road. After about 30 min. the mechanic told me the good/bad news - the water pump needed to be replaced but they had to order the part which would not get here until tomorrow afternoon. So that meant we would be without the truck for half the time were at Yellowstone. This is not the end of the world as we have been to Yellowstone before but we have not seen the area around Fishing Bridge - so that is what we would do today. About 3 miles down the road is a trail called Storm Point. That's a little far just to walk to a trail - so we road the bikes. Not east at Yellowstone since the roads are not that wide and the weather felt like England weather  -cold and damp. We made it to the trailhead in time to catch the guided tour which to our surpise was given by the same girl we had yesterday at mud volcano. We had tow other people join us and off we went down the muddy trail next to a place called Indian Pond which was created by more geothermal activity. We spread out so we would not damage the trail - but where I was walking was steep and muddy so I lost my footing and WACK I slipped down and got all muddy - sorry no pics of that. Besides the mud and the weather the trail was beautiful and out guide talked about everything. If the trail did not have mud, it had ice on it so we had to cross that a few times. Close to Yellowstone Lake that land seemed to be steaming - and it was. The ground here is very warm and so on a cold day like today, the land will steam-up. It looks like a B-type horror movie. Since the land is warm, a colony of marmouts like here. Storm Point is a high promitory looking over the lake, which is still 90% frozen. During the summer it is very windy up here but since the lake is frozen it is very calm. Our guide talked some more about the lake and our tour was over. We walked a little more on the trail along the coast until it turned to the tree like where the ice was 6 - 10 feet thick - so we went back. Since the trail was muddy, Pooh kept looking down to make sure she did not make the same mistake as I - but then all the sudden, there was a BISON on our trail walking toward us about 20 feet way!!! We scurryed off the trail as the Bison just kept walking on our trail as if nothing happened. This scared the daylights out of Pooh. Afterwards I thought it was funny. After the trail we biked back to have some lunch at the RV and washed a load of clothes. Latter in the afternoon we walked to another trail - Pelican Creek trail. The first trail was impassable - a swamp and a 10 ft. high ice bank. So we went around the other way and it was somewhat passable - still mud and ice banks but the highest was ONLY 5 ft. This trail also led to Yellowstone Lake. We walked down to the coast line and right in fron of us was a spit - kind of like a sandy penninsula jutting out into the water. We walked to the edge of that and back. At the edge it seemed like we were in the middle of this icy lake. By this time the sky had cleard somewhat and you could see all the snowcapped mountains surrounding the lake. Something you don't see everyday in Georgia. After the trail, we walked back to the Fishing Bridge area and back to the RV.
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