We drove into the North Entrance to Yellowstone from Gardiner, MT at 9:45 this morning. The temperature was 48 degrees and it was windy. It was predicted to rain all afternoon starting at noon, but as the day progressed the sky was blue and the weather stayed dry.
There were bison and elk on the grass across from the Visitor’s Center waiting to greet us.
We drove to the Canyon area of the park and walked the steep, switch back trail down to Lower Falls (and then had to come back up, of course) and then walked the trail to the Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River. The power of the water going over the edge felt like Niagara Falls!
Ben took this picture from a higher on the trail
We drove 160 miles within the park during the day, driving from the north entrance to Norris and then across to the Canyon area.
We then drove the lower loop and stopped to watch Old Faithful and walk through the Upper Geyser Basin.
We stopped for a 2 mile hike at the Midway Geyser Basin where we saw my favorite site, the Grand Prismatic Spring.
After leaving this spot we had an approximate 75 mile drive back to our campground. There was road construction in the park on the way out, so we drove 5 miles on wet mud. By the time we got to the campground, the car and the bicycles were caked with mud. I took the car to the carwash while Tom heated the gumbo I made last night and cooked the rice. We didn’t eat until 8:30
We camped at the Yellowstone RV Park and Campground - our home for the night-along the Yellowstone River.
And there we are in the middle of the picture by the river.