Canyon & West Tumb

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


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Saturday, May 31, 2008

The day started off on the lazy side since we had no transportation. We woke up late for this trip - around 8:00. We watched a Hindi movie during the morning and had some leftovers for lunch. Then it was time to walk to the garage to get out truck. Lucky for us it was ready. The mechanic said he had the fuel filter that I needed so we had that put in as well which took about a half hour.   During that time Pooh went into the Yellowstone shop which had souvenirs, groceries, and camping supplies. Of course we went up to the bargain area to do our shopping.  So we went to pick up the truck and paid the tab: for the fuel filter, water pump, and diesel oil change, it came to be around $425. This is not bad considering this is the only garage in the entire area and they could get away with charging whatever they wanted. So off we went on a half day tour of Yellowstone. Our first stop was to be the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. However, about 5 miles into our trip we noticed that our heater was not working. At around the same time our engine started to overheat. So we had to turn around and slowly come back to the garage. We had to stop several times for a few minutes to cool the engine. The mechanic discovered that the radiator line had an air bubble in it which caused all the problems. So he took the bubble out and added more coolant. This finally fixed the problem and we were on our way, though a little late. We drove to Artists point to check out the huge waterfall into the Yellowstone Canyon. Words cannot describe the scene. You'll have to check out the pictures. It really looks like someone made-up this scene in their mind. But it is real. You could spend hours here mesmerized by the beauty of nature. But, who has that kind of time? So off we went to the smaller falls. If these smaller falls were in Georgia it would be a major tourist attraction. But here in Yellowstone, it is just another falls. The smaller "Upper Falls" is 109 feet while the larger "Lower Falls" is 308 feet. At the lower falls we took the rim trail for about a mile. Like most trails at Yellowstone this time of year it was covered in ice - makes hikes more interesting. So now it is about 6:00 and there is still 3 hours of sunlight left. So now we head to the West Thumb Geyser basin which is about 45 min. away. But on the way down, a ton of cars had stopped on the road and was checking out something on their binoculars. So we decided to do the same with ours. We saw a huge Grizzly a few miles away in the meadow. It was too far away to get a picture with our little camera. After about 15 min. we got back in the truck to head to the geyser basin. After about 30 min. another pit stop: this time for some mule deer on the side of the road. One pair was a mother and young deer that had to be less than a week old since it could barely walk. I got some video of it so I hope to put it on the blog soon. Finally we reached the basis. But as I got out of the truck, I could not find my regular glasses!!!! Since the drive, I put on my sunglasses since the suns ultraviolet rays are very intense out here. But now it was evening and no regular glasses. We looked all over the truck but to no avail. Though I was ticked off at myself for losing the glasses, we went on the geyser trail anyway. And we saw many more mule deer on this trail having their time with the grass. More cool geothermal action on this trail with many deep pools of clear colorful water. We kinda rushed through this since I thought I might have dropped the glasses where we were checking out the bear. So I drove very fast back to site - but no glasses. So now I would have to spend several days wearing dark sunglasses for the trip. But just at the time we were driving off, I saw them on the dashboard - I felt like the biggest bone head of all time. So relieved, we drove back to camp for the night.
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