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!