Yellowstone… Take I

Upper Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs

Upper Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs

After spending our first night in a Walmart parking lot, we arrived in Yellowstone on Thursday. The park entrance road was thin, twisty and turny and to complicate things, they were repainting the stripes. Fun with the camper in tow, only to be topped by the charging bison on the road we encountered as we rounded a corner. The excitement had begun. The first campground (Fishing Bridge), although full service, was pricey and tight (no fires allowed) but it was the only place that would fit us that night. After getting set up, we headed out on the motorcycles to find a better spot, which we did (Grant Village).  We will move there in a few days.

The Grand Tetons

The Grand Tetons

Brenda was due in on Friday, so we spent the day in Grand Tetons National Park, since it was close to the airport.  We had a great day hiking around Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. 

Best friends back together again

Best friends back together again

Brenda arrived without incident.  It was great to see her and she was excited to be here.  Our first day together, we headed out to do the upper loop of the park.  Our first stop was Virginia Cascades, an interesting cascading waterfall off the beaten path.

The Norris Geyser Basin

The Norris Geyser Basin

From there we went to the Norris Geyser Basin where we were all impressed by the multitude of colorful steam vents, acidic features, and geysers.

Constant Geyser

Constant Geyser

We were even lucky enough to see one of the unpredictable geysers going off.

Artist Paintpots

Artist Paintpots

After Norris we went to check out the mudpots and colorful springs at Artists Paintpots.

Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs

Lower Terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs

Another impressive stop was the travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs.  These terraces are formed by the calcium carbonate dissolved in the spring water. From there we made a few more stops as we worked our way back home.

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River

We checked out several overlooks that showcased the Yellowstone River, as well as Undine and Tower Falls. There is so much more to see but we had to call it a day. 

Lola Pass

Lola Pass

Day two brought some cloudy skies.  We decided to divide and conquer once again.  Chris set off on his motorcycle to explore the National Forest just outside the northeast entrance. He found great roads and scenery, including many old abandoned mining camps.

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

Although the weather was threatening, Brenda and Kim decided to do a few hikes around the Fishing Bridge area. First stop was a short jaunt to Natural Bridge tucked away in a small hilly area by Bridge Bay. After the hike the weather became more of a challenge so Brenda and Kim did some auto touring along the east entrance road hoping it might clear up.  Unfortunately, the rain was persistent so Scrabble under the awning won out.

Because of the thermal activity in the caldera where we are staying, this place is so different from every other place we have visited this trip. Hence the absurd number of pictures. Or maybe it is because we have such beautiful models this week…. Everyone is looking forward to what is next, as we have only explored half the park so far…

6 Responses to “Yellowstone… Take I”

  1. Nat says:

    Hey ladies (oh yeah, and Chris), glad Brenda made it without any issues! The pics are beautiful because you’re in them of course! And the most important questions is…………….Who WON!!!!!!!!! Love you both! Wish I was there too! Nat

    • admin says:

      Hey Nat,

      Wish you were here too. Yellowstone is very cool. Different than anywhere we have been. Great colors! Brenda won the first game… I won’t say anything other than we have played 5 games:) We just moved to the nicest campsite looking out onto the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. We actually spent much of yesterday just enjoying the view. Got your email…

      Love and miss you too!

  2. The Nichols says:

    How many “Bear Jams” have you encountered on the roads in Yellowstone so far? When we were there it was insane! By the end of our visit there I began to think the many of the tourists had never seen a chipmonk before! After a while we just laughed about it. We did think we were going to see this one German woman mauled by a bear as she was following it through the dead fall of trees and taking flash photos from about 20 feet away of the bear and it’s two cubs. Would have made one of those incredible video shows for sure!
    Have fun & looking forward to seeing you when you get back!

    • admin says:

      No “Bear Jams” but an abundance of “Bison Jams”. We still haven’t seen a Yellowstone bear. We have witnessed several uninformed tourists (stupid) encrouching on the space of elk and bison. We too thought about the money we could make if it attacked and was caught on tape. Hope you are all doing well. Look forward to seeing you too!

      Chris and Kim

  3. Herman and Judy Brown says:

    Hi KIm Chris and Brenda,glad you all are having a good time and you have some beautiful pictires throughout your blog. Hey Chris “nice due only not Skooby Doo but Prince Valient without his Steed but your dirt bike instead. Looks like all are in good shape with all the hiking/what a wonderfur adventure you both are having. Stay safe and see you when you get home. It was good to see Brenda and Kim together again. Brenda has only been in rehab twice waiting for this visit to finally happen.(love you honey). Love Mom and Brown

    • admin says:

      Hi Judy and Herm,

      Sorry we didn’t reply sooner. We were kind of busy entertaining your daughter, she was running us ragged. We had a great week and miss her already. By the way, we had her give Chris a haircut. He was ok with Shaggy but drew the line with Prince Valient.

      Love you guys, see you in October

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