Saturday, July 21, 2012

June 28, 2012 Yellowstone Day 2

After a very long day in the park yesterday, we decided to split the southern loop of Yellowstone up into two days.  We arrived early in Yellowstone and headed north to visit the Artists Paint pots and then up to Norris to walk the Back Basin before they were packed with other Park guests.

Now, when you enter Yellowstone, they provide you with a Newsletter that outlines all of the park rules.  Rules like stay 25 yards away from elk and buffalo and 75 yards from bears and wolves. Another rule was do not stop in the middle of the road or on the side of the road even if other people are doing it.  Wait until you find a pullout you can safely stop at. (They have many) Well as you can imagine people didn't read the newsletter and were continuously just stopping in the middle of the road causing traffic jams or approaching wildlife like they were tame.  (Just earlier that week two people had separate incidents with buffalo where one of the gentlemen was killed.)  These behaviors were another reason why not to take the grandparents with you on vacation.  Out came the I word (idiot) from my Dad along with the S word (stupid).  We really didn't want the kids to start using them so we had to settle on a word to describe people who didn't think, that was appropriate.  They finally decided on Wack-a-doos.  Lets just say there are a lot of Wack-a-doos at Yellowstone. After that crisis was solved we were able to focus back on our trip.

We then traveled to canyon village and down towards West Thumb and Grant Village.  At Grant Village we stopped for tourist gifts and to get a treat.  Our ice cream server ended up being a young woman from Oregon.  It just goes to show you what a small world it is.  At West Thumb we walked the Central Basin right on the shore of Yellowstone lake and were awed by the amazing pools and hydro thermal features.  We finished our loop my driving through the Old faithful area and gyeser basin.  We took a brief detour on Firehole Lake Drive and were able to witness an eruption of the Great Fountain Geyser.
Artist pots

Artist Pots

Artist Pots

Flat Grandpa Stanley along for the ride
Norris Back Basin

Norris Back Basin

Norris Back Basin

Norris Back Basin

buffalant

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin on the shore of Yellowstone Lake

West Thumb Geyser Basin


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