Yellowstone National Park

Today we got up at 6:00 so we could get on the road to Yellowstone as soon as possible. We only have 3 days to spend at Yellowstone and Grand Tetons,.

Breakfast was complimentary with the hotel room and aside from the usual continental items, they offered frozen omelets and frozen link sausages. I tried them. Not bad for frozen.

Even though it is more than a week past Labor Day, the crowds at Yellowstone were surprising. I’m sure they are horrific during the summer months, but we still had some difficulty finding parking spots and there were frequent traffic jams for wildlife viewing.

Our first stop was the Artists’ Paintpots. A nice little walk around some mudpots. Next we headed over to Mammoth Hot Springs. We did the Upper Terrace Drive and then parked and walked along a good portion of the lower terrace. Of course it was beautiful and John took a number of photos. He did a couple of panoramas, but these are hard in areas that have a lot of peole. We’ll have to see if any of them come out.

We ate lunch outside the Visitor’s Center at the North Entrance to the park. Then we made our way south to the Canyon area. What spectacular views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the falls. Plus, it was fabulous weather again.

Next we made a trip to the Sulphur Caldron and the Mud Volcano. The most memorable thing about this area is the smell of sulphur.

Our last stop for the day was at the Old Faithful Geyser. Amazingly, we got there only a few minutes before an eruption. It was pretty cool. We think there are other geysers in the area that will be interesting, but it was getting late, so we decided to pack it in for the day. We’ll probably be back.

Tomorrow we will do Grand Tetons and then Thursday we will spend another partial day at Yellowstone before heading east towards Mt Rushmore.

Prius count for today is 4 sightings, but probably only 2 different cars. All sightings were within Yellowstone. Yesterday we did not see a single Prius.

© Karen Bell 2012