Monday, July 13, 2015

July 2015

I haven't picked up the needles since May 27, 2015. My tennis elbow in the left elbow got so bad that I couldn't even dress myself and had trouble washing my hair & even sleeping. So, I thought I would post about our Yellowstone national Park trip.

We flew from Austin to Salt Lake City, Utah & rented a car. We spent the night in SLC & then drove to West Yellowstone, MT on Thursday June 25-about 320 miles. Here are a few pics.

View from rest stop in Idaho

Proof that I've been to Idaho.

More Idaho.

Friday June 26-
    We saw lots of geysers and waterfalls. We got a fairly early start and were in the park by 8:30. Traffic wasn't nearly as bad as we expected.  We drove from the West Entrance to Madison Junction & then to the Museum of the National Park Ranger. Which was disappointing. One highlight was Gibbon Falls.
Then on to the Norris Geyser Basin which was phenomenal!

After that we drove from Norris Basin around the North Loop to Mammoth Hot Springs just to get the lay of the land. We took a side loop road to Virginia Cascade that was really pretty.
Here is Virginia Cascades.
From Mammoth back down to Norris there was road construction.

We got back to our motel about 6 pm thoroughly exhausted!

Saturday June 27-
      Today was a day for wildlife watching. We were up at 5:30 and in the park by 6:30. We drove to Hayden Valley on the advice of our motel owner. We weren't disappointed. We saw a huge herd of elk bugling and playing. And roughly 500 bison! These were all in the distance. But later we saw a bison right by the side of the road. And later saw 3 bison in the field at a geyser! I mean we walk 5 feet from them! But they were laying down and ignoring us. By the end of the hike they were up walking around and the bull was snorting and acting angry. We stayed a safe distance from them. We were back in the room by 2 pm exhausted again. Only about 8000 steps today. Tomorrow is the day for Old Faithful and more geysers.
The weather has been wonderful! 40's at night and 70's during the day.

Angry bison.

Old Faithful.


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