Thursday, May 23, 2019

Oregon Trip Days 4 and 5

 Once again I am limited to iPad pictures.  We left Billings Montana Wednesday morning and headed to Yellowstone.  We went in at the East entrance.  E had asked which one I wanted, east or west.  I said west, so of course she set the directions for east.  We found when we got there that the road was closed between Canyon Village and Tower Roosevelt.  That meant we couldn’t go to Tower Roosevelt without doing lots of back tracking.  We did see lots of other things including two grizzly bears, elk, bison, several different bird species, stinky fumaroles, mudpots and geysers.  We saw Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Caynon of Yellowstone, Mammoth Terraces, and Black Dragon Caldron, along with numerous overlooks.  We were also lucky enough to get a room at the Yellowstone Lodge.  That meant we could get up early to see Old Faithful.  But because there are no park rangers on duty overnight, there were no morning predictions of the next eruption time.  There was a Japanese man that had been waiting since 5:45 a.m.  it ended up erupting around 7:30.  There was no crowd, maybe 15 to 20 people total.  Then we went to the Grand Prismatic Spring, upper and lower geyser basins, and over Craig’s Pass and the continental divide.  Next was a drive through the Grand Teton National Park. We ate lunch in Jackson Hole and saw the outdoor sculpture exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  We are spending the night in Idaho Falls.

1 comment:

C said...

Sorry you missed the Tower Roosevelt (which I had not heard of). It sounds like you have gotten to see a lot - and to see Old Faithful with so few people had to be really nice. I'm sure the wildlife conservationist among you is enjoying all the wildlife sightings. I'm enjoying your trip vicariously.

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