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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lewis Falls, Moose Falls, Crawfish Creek and the Snake River in Yellowstone

The southern entrance to Yellowstone National Park comes in through the Grand Tetons.  There is certainly alot to see in the Tetons.  Today I drove the road from West Thumb down to the south gate.  Along the way I made a stop at all the road side attractions.  These included Lewis Falls, Crawfish Creek, Moose falls and the Snake River.  

The first feature is Lewis Falls.  There are a lot of waterfalls in Yellowstone.  Literally hundreds of waterfalls of all shapes and sized.  As waterfall go in Yellowstone, Lewis Falls in not very high.  But is does have a good volume of water passing over it. 

The next feature you encounter while driving south towards the south entrance is Moose Falls on Crawfish Creek.  There is a nice bridge over the creek and the falls are small but impressive.  You can get up close and in the mist of the falls. 

The last feature is the Snake River.  The south entrance is located next to the bridge over the Snake River.  The river runs through a long flat valley.  Fisherman populate the banks of the river and there is a picnic area at the location.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Best Guide to Hiking in Yellowstone

     I have been in Yellowstone National Park for the summer and have had the opportunity to go on a lot of hikes.  I would guess that I have about 150 miles in the back country.  I have been working in the gift shop at Fishing Bridge RV park.  In the gift shop we sell books on Yellowstone including a number of hiking guides.  It did not take long before I began to rely on a single book for all of my hikes. The name of the book is "A Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone Day Hikes".  The book is easy to use and has information on the most popular hikes.  It gives a map of the trail and terrain and include information on what you are likely to see on the hike.  I highly recommend this guide if you plan to hike in Yellowstone. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Robbed by a Brazen Bandit on Bunsen Peak In Yellowstone National Park

I have been doing a lot of hiking here in Yellowstone.  What I normally do is plan lunch somewhere along the trail.  When I went up Bunsen Peak, I planned to eat lunch at the summit.  It was an amazing day.  I was sitting there with my friend Barbara, minding my own business when we were robbed.  The thief was too cute and got away clean.  Here's the video:  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

On Top of the World at Bunsen Peak, Yellowstone National Park

I have to confess that my stay here in Yellowstone has had many magic moments.  One of the best of these moments was the time that I spent on Bunsen Peak.  It was one of the harder hikes that I undertook.  It had a 1600 foot elevation gain.  I can walk very well on flat land, even at this altitude.  But going up hill takes my wind away.  I managed to do the climb and the reward was worth the strain. I got some amazing video that I will be posting soon.  I also got this picture of the landscape around the peak.   

Here's a time lapse from the top:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Amazing Vintage Winnebago In Yellowstone National Park

     I was in the Old Faithful area in the parking lot when I came upon a vintage Winnebago.  It was from the early 1970's and someone had done a great job in restoring it.  Restoring is not quite the right word because this RV had been redesigned.  Two slide outs had been installed, one on each side of the vehicle.  The paint job was incredible.  This particular RV started my travel lust.  Seeing it updated and on the road brought back a lot of memories.  I did not get to look inside.  Maybe the next time I see it.  Anyway it was amazing.  Here's a link to the video.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Road to Cody

      I travel to Cody Wyoming at least every other week.  Working in Yellowstone leaves you a long way from most anything you would need to buy on a regular basis.  Cody has the nearest Walmart.  It is an 80 mile drive to town and each time there is something new to see.  I don't always get pictures, but sometimes I do.  There have been moose, bear, mountain goat and big horned sheep.  This time there was a mist hanging on the mountains.  It was almost at road level and I could easily imagine myself flying in the clouds as we descended the mountain.  Yellowstone is truly a magical place.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mystic Falls Trail. Biscuit Basin, Yellowstone National Park

     If you are short on time and only have time for one hike in Yellowstone, this hike should be at the top of your list of considerations.  The hike includes three examples of why people come to Yellowstone in the first place.  There is an area of thermal activity, a waterfall and a grand overlook.  The hike is very close to the Old Faithful area.  The beginning of the Mystic Falls Trail is located at the rear of the Biscuit Basin thermal area.  There are boardwalks in the biscuit Basin that allow you to get up close and personal with the thermal feature.  You can gaze into turquoise pools and marvel at bubbling, gurgling geysers.  The colors and patterns of the thermal run off are a sight to behold. 

     The trail head is located at the back of the thermal area.  The trail follows the Little Firehole River up a canyon.  The trail is mostly fat with a little gain in elevation just before you reach the waterfall.  If you just go to the water fall, it is an easy two mile round trip.  The Mystic Waterfall is about 70 feet in height as the water plummets from the Madison Plateau.

     At the waterfall you have the option of continuing up the hill to the top of the Madison Plateau. The trail eventually leads to a overlook that offers amazing views of the Upper Geyser Basin and the Old Faithful area.  The hike to the overlook and back is about a three mile loop.  There is five hundred foot gain in elevation around the loop.