Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Exploring Yellowstone National Park Day 4
Today we headed from the west entrance to Fishing Bridge, covering the section from West Thumb, Lake Village to Fishing Bridge, back north through Canyon Village and then left back through the Norris Basin Junction, to Madison, back to the west entrance. I call this trip the Lower Loop. and whaddya know--the park called it the Lower Loop, too! We visited a couple of basin areas that we missed the first time around--Biscuit Basin and Black Sand Basin which are past Old Faithful on the way to Grant Village. We saw a coyote again in the same meadow as a couple of days ago, only this time he was much closer! And still hunting grasshoppers...It was fun to see him jump up into the air and POUNCE! down on one.
Here's something you hardly ever see--Eldy jogging eagerly towards the car after the boring hike to the Natural Bridge. (Do I get any points for that? asks E.) You bet, honey! But I won't say how far you jogged, ok?
We stopped to see Mud Volcano north of Fishing Village and that was cool! As you pass Mud Volcano, you are driving through the Hayden Valley, supposedly where the bison herds were to be, but we didn't see but just a few lone bison out sunning themselves.
There were a few elk jams as usual, and one big bison jam. There were THREE bisons in a field at another stop, making for a picturesque shot, but I guess we are getting sort of blase about all the animals we've seen. We didn't even stop this time for that jam. This was ONE elk that caused the elk jam. It would have been a great photo had we caught her walking through the river, but by the time we got there, she was out and grazing.
We did stop for some wonderful pools and springs....I love this Emerald Pool...
Notice the bear sign next to the Emerald Pool...We looked long and hard at the hillside, but didn't see any.....
It was a beautiful drive today, our last one for our stay....we really enjoyed Yellowstone National Park. We feel that we really explored the area and have seen everything we came to see. It was magnificent! Tomorrow, we head for the Tetons! We are going to stay in Tetonia, Idaho, just across the border from Grand Teton National Park, about 50 miles away. It's in a Passport America Park, $46.00 for three nights! That's a little further than we'd perhaps like to be for going into a national park, but what a great rate! We'll scope out the area and see if we can find something very reasonable to get closer.
I'm not sure I mentioned where we stayed here at Yellowstone, so before I go, our park here was Rainbow Point Campground in the Targhee National Forest. Fourteen dollars a night at Rainbow Point, a back in site, practically right on Hebgen Lake (easy boat launch) and just five miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone. Just electric, no water, no sewer, but VERY beautiful forest, and ok for getting in with a big rig as far as tree branches, etc. Our only complaint was the severe washboard road for two miles coming into the entrance to the campground. Five miles an hour in the motorhome....ugh! But-this place has great trails all over the place for ATV and mountain bike riding as long as you stay off the main washboard road......We loved it here...
See you on the road tomorrow! It's a travelin' day!