Saturday, July 13, 2013

Yellowstone or Bust, Day 4!

We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the lodge cafe, appreciating the choice we made to stay in the same lodging tonight. It was nice for a change to not have to pack up and load the car before setting off on today's sightseeing adventure. This day we will be following the road clockwise from Madison  around the entire lower circle of the park.

First stop at the Norris Geyser Basin, I hiked the 1/3 mile trail to the Artist Paint Pot area leaving mom on a bench under a tree near the parking area. When I got to the board walk around the thermal area, I realized my knee wasn't going to take a lot of uphill trekking, so I just enjoyed the pools nearby, and hiked the 1/3 mile back. While there though, I saw the "dinosaur egg" little cauldron... 

Our next stop was at the major Norris area attraction, Porcelain Basin, and Steamboat Geyser, where we enjoyed a most informative and interesting ranger talk. I left my phone in the car, and only have pictures on my big camera, and unfortunately no way to unload them here. Mom did amazingly well, using her 3 legged cane with the seat, she managed the 3/4 mile round trip boardwalk very well! 

We ventured off the main road to drive the upper and lower Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone loop roads, and indeed it is a grand canyon! Moms comment "Oh, it is beautiful, but it can't compare with the GRAND Canyon"... Smile. 

The stone benches along a walkway to one of the overlooks intrigued us, and ever the ham, mom posed on one of them.... 

Leaving the canyon, we leisurely drove through the verdant Hayden Valley, then along the shores of massive Yellowstone lake, and continued onto Old Faithful. An early evening rain shower occurred just about the time Old (not so) Faithful was predicted to erupt, so we watched this momentous occasion from inside the Visitor Center.

An absolutely wonderful meal of Bison Short-ribs (do you suppose this is how they keep the herd in check?) over garlic mushroom mashed potatoes in the Old Faithful Snow Lodge dining room capped our visit to this historic area. We had a 45 minute drive back to our lodge at West Yellowstone, but driving thru the Biscuit and Midway Geyser Basins in the damp evening twilight felt like driving thru an Ansel Adams photograph, every stream, steam vent and tree showing silver, black, white and shades of grey. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Barb -- I finally discovered your travelogue tonight and am amazed at what a trooper your mom must be ... and you, too. Looking forward to the next installments, and wishing you happy trails and beautiful skies.