Wednesday, October 31, 2018

May 25, Yellowstone!

We got to Yellowstone about mid morning on Friday, May 25, entering through the West entrance, heading toward Old Faithful Inn. One of the first things we saw were bison in the distance. I took pictures, not knowing we would see many, many bison over the four days we were in Yellowstone, and they would be very close.
Our first stop was the Artist Paintpots--something we remembered from our honeymoon. Mark and I remember parking on the side of the road and taking a dirt path around the paintpots. Now Yellowstone has well-maintained walkways throughout the park.

 Gibbon Falls.

The weather forecast had been threatening rain while we were in Yellowstone. Friday afternoon was clear so we decided we better take advantage of that and view the geysers across from the Inn.

Old Faithful was one of the first to go off, not surprising since it erupts with regularity about every 90 minutes.

The loop consisted of both pools and geyers.

 I think this is Spasmodic Geyser.

 Morning Glory.

After dinner, we went to Midway Geyser Basin to watch the sun set.

On the trail we saw this large family.
And meanwhile, back at home, my mother celebrated her 90th birthday with Aaron, Christa and the kids.

May 24

On Thursday, Pete drove us to some nearby waterfalls.

 It's impossible to capture the force and sound of the water, no matter how close you are.

After lunch, he took us around Victor, where he and Jane used to live before moving to Driggs.

They have built a little cabin up in the hills. While it may not have running water, it has a lot of comforts of home--and great art work.

And what a view!
We went back into Victor and had a world-famous huckleberry milkshake.

A photo op at the Victor Emporium.

The sky was ever-changing and the cloud formations were stunning. I'm used to blue, sunny skies here in California, so I couldn't stop taking pictures.

 Clouds reflected in the windows of the house where we stayed.

Our niece, Rose, came home from college the day before we left for Yellowstone. As you can see from these mother, like daughter...

The next day it was on to Yellowstone!