Yellowstone… Take 3

Elk neighbors

Elk neighbors

Our campsite at Grant Village was a convenient location for reacquainting ourselves with our kayaks.  Chris tested out the waters first and found himself surrounded by wildlife.  He not only found himself surrounded by elk, but also several birds and a swimming otter.

Brenda learns to paddle

Brenda learns to paddle

Brenda and Kim set out the next day to see the West Thumb Geyser Basin from the water.  It was a perfect afternoon to be on the water, blue skies and calm seas.  The view wasn’t half bad either.

Thermal activity view from the kayaks

Thermal activity view from the kayaks

It was wild to see the geyser basin from the water.  The steam rising, water bubbling, and the mini hot water falls into the water were quite surreal.  We even got close enough to feel the hot water, which freaked Brenda out a little.

On the campground trail

On the campground trail

After the kayaking, it was time to stretch their legs. A short jaunt around the campground was in order.  The trail meandered through the woods, along the shore of Yellowstone Lake, and across a cool suspension bridge.

Trail in the Gallatin NF

Trail in the Gallatin NF

While Kim and Brenda enjoyed the serene views on the lake, Chris set off on his motorcycle once again to explore the wildside in the surrounding National Forest.  He found some great trails and was having a blast when he unexpectantly became one with the ground. He went down pretty hard and came home earlier than expected with a sore shoulder. It does not appear to be anything too serious.

Backside of midway geyser basin

Backside of midway geyser basin

The next day the sun was shinning again. While Chris stayed back at camp to “lick his wounds”, Brenda and Kim set out to find Fairy Falls. It was an easy but hot hike to the falls, in direct sun the whole way. The first part of the trail paralleled the Midway Geyser Basin and the colors were fantastic.

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls

Once at Fairy Falls, they spent a few minutes trying to capture the perfect timer shot, which was more challenging without Chris’s expertise.  From there they walked a little further to check out Imperial Geyer, small but active, set back from the hustle and bustle of the other geyser basins.  Out of water and a bit overheated they headed home to check on the invalid (don’t worry “moms” he is fine, just sore).

Clepsydra Geyser

Clepsydra Geyser

For Brenda’s last day in the park, we set out to hit all of the last “must see” spots. We stopped at Firehole Canyon and Firehole Drive to see some falls, cascades and geysers. At Fountain Paint Pots we caught some nice action.

On of the many springs at Midway Geyser Basin

On of the many springs at Midway Geyser Basin

Of course we had to stop at Midway Geyser Basin to share with Chris what we had spotted from our hike the day before. 

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

We had to take a photo op in front of Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest and most colorful hot spring in the park.

Mystic Falls

Mystic Falls

Our last stop of the day was a hike to Mystic Falls, which didn’t dissappoint. Having to burn off some calories, we continued on to the Biscuit Basin Overlook before heading back to the car.

No more hiking for Brenda

No more hiking for Brenda

Well, she did it.  Brenda managed to see all of the park’s highlights, and none the worse for wear… Although she didn’t agree at this moment in time.

Sunday was Brenda’s last day.  The ladies spent the day sightseeing in the Tetons (“no more hiking”, said Brenda) and shopping in Jackson Hole. The trip ended on a high note with a very nice dinner out and Scrabble in the hotel with a Hagen Daz chaser:)

Bye Bren, we’ll miss you!  See you in October.

4 Responses to “Yellowstone… Take 3”

  1. The Nichols says:

    Did you get shut out of bear altogether????? Please say it isn’t so!!!!!!!!!

  2. The Mommie Unit says:

    Who won the scrabble game at the hotel? Glad you guys got to see Yellowstone before it blows. I was watching the History channel this evening and they had a special on Yellowstone. They were mentioning that there was a tremendous amount of earthquake activity in 2009 multiple earthquakes everyday some 3.? or so. They said the tourists were feeling the quakes and it made some of them nervous. Did you feel any earth activity? They also mentioned that there is a ship in Lake Yellowstone that sank many years ago but because of the magna filling in the tunnels and putting pressure on the bottom of the lake, the lake floor has risen so much in very recent years that the ship is now out of the water and visable it is a new tourist attraction. They said the park could blow in 50,000 years or tomorrow things were getting very unpredictable. Just a little Motherly advise if you will indulge me GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE!!!!!!!

    Love Chicken Little aka The Mommie Unit

    • admin says:

      Hi Mom,

      It was good catching up today on the phone. As far as the scrabble game… Brenda should have won. She had a killer 7 letter word but picked up the Q as the last letter and I won by a fraction.

      Once again you make us lol. We didn’t hear about or feel any earthquakes or movement while we were there. But of course, like a good daughter, we listened and have left Yellowstone on your recommendation 🙂

      Love ya!

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