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Friday, September 23

This morning at 7:30 cars began arriving at the church parking lot - either bible study or a prayer meeting.  We bet they wondered who was parked there.

We drove on into Yellowstone, about 2 hours away.  Elk are everywhere: it's rutting season and the bulls are bugling (that's what they call it) and strutting their stuff!  Important to stay away from them - we saw a video later which showed the bulls ramming cars!

 

Later, as we drove down the road, we came upon a procession of 6-8 cars being led by 2 bison that had decided to walk down the highway.

Lots of geysers (water and steam shooting up), fumaroles (steam vents) and bubbling hot springs evident everywhere you look.  Also lots of walking up and down trails at 8000 ft elevation or so.  By evening we were pooped.  We're out of shape!

Here are some of the sights we saw:

 

Mammoth hot springs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowstone canyon and waterfalls:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very colorful!  Isn't it amazing?  We guess that's why they call it Yellowstone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're getting better at asking people to take pictures of us.

We spent the night at the Norris campground (a whole $7 with the Golden Age Passport!).  There were lots of elk and some buffalo in the campground.  Earplugs tonight: those elk are noisy!

 

Saturday, September 24
 

The overnight low was 42, but this morning it actually went down to 37 before warming up to 50 in the afternoon.  Very cool and rainy in the morning, but fortunately no wind.  When we call home (Texas), we are surprised that it's still 100 degrees there!

We saw many elk and buffalo and drove to the Old Faithful area.  We had a nice lunch at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, enjoyed the Old Faithful Geyer, then walked around the boardwalks to the different geysers, fumaroles and hot springs. That's a picture of Old Faithful at 2:52 pm, about 10 minutes late.  The sky was overcast and the still picture is unimpressive.  The landscape was very colorful, though, during our walk. Here are some of the sights we saw:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The park ranger says that about 80% of the world's geysers are in the park.  The park is actually on top of an active volcano, with lava about 3 to 8 miles down.

We left about 4 pm and drove to Colter Bay Campground  in Teton National Park.  This is their last night to be open, and when we registered at 5:50 pm, the gatekeeper said we were probably the last visitor to the campground this year!

It should be another cold night.


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