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Sep 10, 2018 - My BIG Yellowstone Adventure

Yesterday, I went west to see Teton and Yellowstone, thinking I would drive back and forth two days. It takes an hour to get to the Teton entrance and another hour to get to the South Entrance of Yellowstone. I stopped at a couple of places on the way to read about another pass taken on the pioneers' way west and a viewpoint where one could see the Tetons on a clear day. The haze from the fires in California was over the mountains and I could hardly see them when I got to the Park! I did see white pelicans on Jackson Lake in the distance...

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Sep 1, 2018 - Yellowstone National Park

We’re spending 5 nights at Yellowstone. We visited Old Faithful and viewed it erupting from the observation point. Also saw some other geysers erupting in the same area. We hiked to Fairy Falls and on the way viewed Grand Prismatic hot springs. It was very colorful. We also hiked up a trail called Elephant Back which had an awesome view of the Yellowstone Lake. We kayaked on Yellowstone Lake. Also biked over to the Natural Bridge. We drove around much of the various areas of Yellowstone and saw lots of wildlife along the way including a...

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Jul 2, 2018 - Yellowstone

Our plan for Yellowstone was to drive through the park,stopping and the major attraction and spend the night outside the North Entrance at Gardiner. The first thing we noticed was that there were A LOT of people in the Park. More than I have ever seen. All the turn outs were packed with cars and there was no place to park an RV. We did find a place at Old Faithful and were able to see the eruption and have lunch and check out the visitors center. But then as we headed north and were hoping to see the paint pots and hot springs, we noticed...

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Apr 17, 2018 - More Yellowstone

We drove the one road that is open today and saw bison everywhere. And they are quite sure they own the place and go precisely where they want to, ignoring cars, RVs, trucks, or anything else that might dare to try to use their road. I noticed at one point there were about a dozen headed down the road ahead of us in the same direction we were going but on the opposite lane. As we slowly approached them, one of the bulls sauntered out into our lane and just stood there until the rest of his harem moseyed on off the roadway into the grass....

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Apr 16, 2018 - Yellowstone National Park

After reading the weather projections for Yellowstone, we were afraid we would find ankle-deep snow, but instead the sun was shining and the temperature in the low 60’s. It was lovely. However, we are still very early in the season for this park and only the roads across the north part are open, so we will only stay two nights. We’re set up in Mamouth Campground (only one open in the park so far) and will drive all the open roads and see what we can see tomorrow and head out the next day. We will have to go back up to Highway 90 and go west...

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Oct 9, 2017 - Frozen hot spots

For someone like me, who has been working in an office, snow is beautiful. To Mike who has been working outside, not so much. We did get a little bit of “termination “ in October. I went out early one morning to take a few pictures. Along the Firehole River, the mist coming off the water was really cool. While I was taking pictures of it, a family of American Dippers (birds) came by. They have the most amazing ability to “swim” underwater. They also do little knee bends when standing on the rocks and logs. They are fun to watch. Besides the...

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Sep 25, 2017 - Star Gazing and Star Geysering

One night a co-worker and I went to the Norris Geyser Basin to see the stars. It was a dark night and the stars were incredible. Norris Geyser basin is about 14 miles north of the Madison Campground. It has the thinnest crust of anywhere else in the US and every type of thermal feature that the park has to offer.

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Sep 19, 2017 - Bare? No, bear!

So, Yellowstone. Absolutely class, even though it didn't stop snowing til the day we left. Good job Beth made us stay in a top notch cabin with all the mod cons. We were staying just outside the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park. When we arrived the south entrance was closed due to the weather, so we spent the day settling into the cabin, relaxing in some well earned luxury. Next day the pass was open! So we went to Old Faithful and saw it erupt, and checked out some other old geysers. Then we went to the Grand Prismatic Spring,...

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Aug 22, 2017 - Tetons - Yellowstone

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Destination Dubois, WY. As we left the campground we found a herd of Bison grazing next to the highway. The bigger ones were nearer the road, the females and calves stayed to the back of the field. We traveled another scenic route to visit the Mountain Sheep Interpretive Center. The organization is dedicated to educating about and protecting the Mountain Sheep. We learned everything we ever wanted to know about the Mountain Sheep. Unfortunately the sheep were still high in the mountains hiding from...

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Aug 21, 2017 - Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse was very near here. We were not in the zone of totality here in the park, but were at 98 percent. The rangers were predicting gridlock in the park. We were thinking we would drive down to the Tetons for the full eclipse (a 2 ½ hour drive) but did not want to get stuck in traffic jams full of people so we stayed in the campground. Our manager Greg went with us. We sat down near the Madison River, near a small thermal spring. We had a small herd of six elk grazing nearby, and an osprey kept flying overhead. National Park...

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Aug 21, 2017 - Visit to Old Faithful and Experiencing the Eclipse

August 21 – Visit to Old Faithful and Experiencing the Eclipse We again got up early, not due to Martha, and headed for Old Faithful at 6 AM. There were few cars on the park roads so arrive at Old Faithful at 7 AM, just in time for the 7:12 AM eruption. We walked the loop around the geyser to view the bubbling pots of water and then had a buffet breakfast at the Old Faithful Inn Restaurant. Before heading back to the campground, we visited the empty Visitor’s Center to chat with the rangers who stated that having so few visitors was very...

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Aug 20, 2017 - Visiting Yellowstone Canyon and Canyon Village

August 20 – Visiting Yellowstone Canyon and Canyon Village We got up early, but not because of Martha, and headed east 60 miles to Yellowstone Canyon to join a ranger on a 1.5-hour-long hike along the Canyon South Rim. (Martha seems much improved.) Again, we were joined by thongs of tourists but the ranger took us further along the rim where there were fewer folks. We learned that the 1,000’- deep canyon consisting of granular rock was probably formed in 100 years – very short in geologic times. The Yellowstone River at the base of the...

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