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Aug 18, 2019 - Avalanche Peak & Mud Volcano

Sunday, August 18: Avalanche Peak Trail Weather: A bright morning in the low 40sF, sunny and high 60sF all afternoon with wind building towards evening Route: Canyon Campground → Grand Loop Rd → North Fork Hwy → Grand Loop Rd → Canyon Campground Today's Plan: Drive back towards the East Entrance early enough to get a parking spot at the Avalanche Peak Trailhead and stop at the Mud Volcano area on the return drive. Highlights: - Neither of us slept very well last night. The altitude may have had something to do with it and the colder...

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Aug 17, 2019 - Canyon Campground

Saturday, August 17: Cody KOA (Wyoming) to Canyon Campground (Yellowstone) Weather: A bright, breezy morning in the low 60sF, sunny and high 60sF all afternoon with an unexpected sprinkle of rain in the evening Route: Cody KOA → West on US-14/US-16/US-20/North Fork Hwy → Grand Loop Road → Canyon Campground Today's Plan: Drive 100 miles/2.25 hours from Cody, Wy to set up camp in the Canyon Campground Highlights: - The brisk night air was slow to warm up this morning. We put on light fleece jackets to join the KOA’s free pancake breakfast....

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Aug 17, 2019 - South Rim Trail

Saturday, August 17: Yellowstone Canyon's South Rim Trail - Instead of one of the most difficult hikes on our itinerary we decided to acclimatize to the altitude with the less strenuous 6-mile (RT) South Rim Trail with only about 800 feet of elevation gain. The trail was supposed to start at the Chittenden Bridge but that portion of the trail was closed so we drove to Uncle Tom's Trail parking area. Sadly, Uncle Tom’s Trail down to a river overlook below the rim was also closed due to a collapse. Fun Facts: - In the park's early days...

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Aug 12, 2018 - Elk sighted. About as far away as geyser. See notes.

Aug 12 - Not far, went to Norris Geyser Basin, having missed it in previous two days. Waited for 'Whirlegig' to erupt; left after 15 minutes after the ranger said it might erupt, we continue on Boardwalk toward other vistas. You guessed it; as we were 200 yards away, it went up. I bearly got a photo, but with the wrong lens. After returning to camper and googling it, found out that later in the afternoon it erupted several times again, longer and higher than what we witnessed. Tomorrow we decamp and proceed to Tetons. And we did see elk...

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Aug 11, 2018 - No bear or elk in sight.

Aug 11 - Another 120 tourist miles. We now have traversed the figure eight of the park roads. The steam vents are incredible, loud and very high pressure. The temperature of some springs according to my infrared laser is 180 degrees F, but I could not get real close; it is said to be above 600 down in the earth! The park is large; two full days are a minimum. That does not take into account any hikes or fly fishing or exploring the town and museums and doing laundry. All park campgrounds are full, many turnout areas hard to park in, lots of...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Part IV: Yellowstone Falls

Day 17 August 10, 2014 The Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls were about twenty miles from our campground. The lower falls is the one most photographed. It is taller and in a more spectacular setting than the upper falls. Upper Falls is 109’ high while Lower Falls is 308’ tall. After going to the Upper Falls viewpoint, we met-up with Kyle and family at Lookout Point on North Rim Drive. Our next stop was Grandview. From there we could see Lower Falls. And that’s where we had lunch along both sides of the walk-way as tourists from several...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Grand Canyon & Tower Falls

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is my favorite, the most breathtaking, sight inside Yellowstone NP. Twenty miles long, the canyon is up to 4,000-feet wide and 1,200-feet deep in places. From several vantage points of the Yellowstone River, you can view Lower Falls plunging steeply into the canyon 308 feet, or the Upper Falls tumbling 109 feet. Mineral stains mark the locations of hot springs and steam vents in the canyon walls. For thousands of years, upwardly percolating fluids have altered the chemistry of the rocks, turning them...

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2014 RV Adventure

Jul 3, 2010 - Picnic at Canyon

We had a visit from Chuck Sneed and Martha whom we worked with our first year at Mammoth. They invited over to their place at Canyon for a picnic. John and Brenda were there as well as Ken and Cheryl. We had grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and caught up on the latest goings on and all decided to leave when the mosquitoes came to visit.

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Jun 28, 2010 - Visit to Canyon Village - Upper and Lower Falls

June 28 – Visit to Yellowstone NP Canyon Village – Upper and Lower Waterfalls. It was a beautiful day to view the Upper and Lower Waterfalls at Canyon Village in middle/eastern-Yellowstone NP. The ranger talk was cancelled that we planned to attend due to road patching but we queried the ranger, who was scheduled to present, with our questions in the Visitor’s Center. - We learned that some, but not all, Lodgepole pine trees have pine cones that only open during a fire when the heat softens the pitch to let the seeds fall. The seedlings...

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Sep 14, 2009 - Upper and Lower Falls

Monday morning we met Emily and Anthony at Upper and Lower Falls. We walked Uncle Toms 348 steps down and back up. We drove over Dunraven Pass to Mammoth Hot Springs, then on to Gardiner. Emily and Anthony were in awe of how different the terrain was, everywhere we went. They really enjoyed seeing the wildlife.

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Jul 18, 2009 - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Our second full day at Yellowstone was spent at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This was a very impressive canyon, not only from its size but also from all the different colors in the cliff walls. The Yellowstone River runs west to east through the canyon. There is a road and trail that runs on both the north and south side of the canyon. We decided to ride our bikes along the road and then hike down all the spur trails into the canyon. I thought that hiking the entire rim and down into the side canyons was too much and that...

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Sep 29, 2006 - Yellowstone National Park, WY

After picking up supplies in Cooke City, Montana we entered Yellowstone national park via the northeast entrance. Yellowstone is the largest park in the continental US and the first national park in the world. As soon as we entered we saw bison. As we approached a hill we saw an enormous bison at the top walking towards us along the centre-line of the road. We stopped and waited for it to move off the road but it just kept coming and eventually walked straight past Leo's window (check out the photo!). Further on we got caught up in a bison...

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