2014 Trip Journal travel blog

Another view of Lewis Falls. Photo by Josiah.

Here we are with Lewis Falls behind us. Photo by Josiah.

One of many thermal hot pools in West Thumb Geyser Basin. Photo...

Photo by Mary Anne.

Grandpa with granddaughters Esther (left) and Ruth (right). At West Thumb Geyser...

The West Thumb Geyser Basin is on the shore of Yellowstone Lake....

The water in all of the pools was hot. Photo by Josiah.

Colorful water flow into Yellowstone Lake. The geyser basin continues out on...

Fishermen used to cook their catch in Fishing Cone. That's not allowed...

Another Photo by Josiah of Fishing Cone.

Lake shore Photo by Josiah.

Grandmom Mary Anne with her camera. Photo by Josiah.

More water flowing into Yellowstone Lake. Photo by Josiah.

Looking into a turquois-colored pool. Photo by Mary Anne.

Photo by Mary Anne.

There were many of these signs near the boardwalk. Photo by Josiah.

Photo by Mary Anne.

A bit of an overview of the area. Photo by Josiah.

Another overview. Photo by Josiah.

Elijah in our motorhome. Photo by Josiah.

Ruth. Photo by Josiah.

Esther. Photo by Josiah.

Ruth with Nick in moorhome. Photo by Josiah.

....with Nick. Photo by Josiah.

Photo by Josiah.

Day 14

August 7, 2014

The sun was working its way through the clouds when we left Coulter Bay and caravanned into Yellowstone National Park. This was the first time Kyle and Keri took their family into this park. Mary Anne and I were last there in the summer of 1989, the year after major wildfires in the park.

I’d made reservations at the Bay Bridge Campground. It’s on the northeastern shoulder of Yellowstone Lake.

Before getting to the campground, we stopped at West Thumb Geyser Basin. It’s at the western-most side of Yellowstone Lake. This has been described as one of the most picturesque geyser basins in the park. With Yellowstone Lake as its backdrop, West Thumb had plenty of colorful thermal features. We walked the ½ mile outer loop boardwalk that lead us through the entire basin. We went past hot springs, mud pots and geysers. The West Thumb Geyser Basin was a really nice introduction to Yellowstone and the thermal activity there.

As I mentioned, we had reservations at the Bay Bridge Campground. It has over four hundred sites. We were able to get sites “up and back” from the roadway. Kyle and Keri’s site was directly across from us. Our no hook-up site had plenty of room and privacy. It was where we sat around the campfire each evening while the grand-kids toasted and sometimes burned marshmallows as they made s'mores! Yum!

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