Yellowstone Park, 7/15 - 7/17/00

Go to Yellowstone Park 6/30 - 7/1/99

It was a short drive ( about 60 miles) from Bozeman to Yellowstone's Edge Campground outside of Livingston, MT. We were fortunate enought to get an end site next to the Yellowstone River so we just jelled out for the day and enjoyed the view, the warm day, the refreshing breeze, and the boats and rafts floating down the river.


On Sunday 7/16, we drove into Yellowstone and followed the West road that took us by Mammoth Hot Springs, Gibbons Falls, and Echinus Geyser in the Norris Geyser Basin. The picture below was taken as Susan relaxed on the porch of the National Park Ranger Museum. The post is a knotted Lodge Pole Pine. We then headed toward Old Faithful about 4:30, but we were both tired and decided to call it a day. After awhile the mud pots, geysers, and hot pools all start to look alike.






Livingston, MT and Yellowstone Park - 6/30/99

Today was just the reverse of the last two days. It started out nice and then turned nasty toward the end of the day. We were driving into headwinds today and the fuel mileage went in the toilet.

When we arrived in Livingston we were not able to get to the RV campground because a train had derailed and was blocking the street leading into it. We waited for about a half hour and they had the tracks cleared enough so we could get through.

 

 

 

 

 

I don't know how many of you have cats, but ours has this thing about drinking from the toilet and she hasn't kicked the habit yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowstone Park on 7/1

We decided that if the weather looked good today we would drive to Yellowstone Park. It was, so we did. It was a mere 270 mile round trip drive but it was worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the first things that struck us was the expanse of the devastation from the fires that swept the park in 1988. There are very few areas in the park that were not touched by the fires. However, it was very reassuring to see how nature has replanted itself.

These pictures give you an idea of the size of the new growth that has blanketed the park in the burned areas.

 

 

 

 

Mammoth Hot Springs was the first major area we came to in the park. This is the travertine formation that looks more like blocks of ice then blocks of rock.

This is the lower geyser basin on the West side of Yellowstone. Many bubbling pools and geysers.

Of course, what trip to Yellowstone would be complete without visiting Old Faithful geyser. It is still providing a show about every 90 minutes.

We did see most of the animals in the park. A bear in the road, that held up traffic for about 15 minutes, a sleeping bison, and numerous elk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are pictures of Kepler Cascades and Lake Yellowstone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lake has over 110 miles of shoreline and is at an elevation of 7733 ft.

 

The Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River taken from two different vantage points.