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Sep 13, 2016 - Yellowstone

We’ve been to Yellowstone a couple of times in the past but we thought it would be fun to visit a part of the park that we had not visited before. It helped that that part of the park was the part closest to our current campground. The drive to the north entrance was a few minutes over an hour. We went east on I-90 to the town of Livingston and then south on U.S. 89 to the small town of Gardiner. Gardiner is the sight of the original entrance to the park when it became the first national park. Our intent was to visit the Lamar Valley...

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Sep 27, 2015 - Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone National Park

This morning dawned bright and clear for a perfect back drop for our short drive south along the Yellowstone River to Yellowstone National Park. Upon our arrival at the entrance station, I engaged our emergency brake in order to be able gather our park passport and ID for free access to the park. Because setting the brake is so natural, I didn't think about the release of air pressure in the system as the brakes are set. Since we were in a narrow lane between two stations, the loud hiss of air being released was amplified and the ranger...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Part III: Mammoth Hot Springs (Yellowstone)

Day 16 August 9, 2014 The next day we backtracked through Canyon Village and planned to stop at the Norris Geyser Basin. However, we missed the entrance to Norris at the intersection with the Grand Loop Road. And with that we were headed north to Mammoth Hot Springs! Soon the traffic on the highway stopped. Eventually we saw a brown bear walking along the other side of the road-- that is we saw it until it disappeared behind a huge tour bus! But I got a short video clip of the bear once we'd cleared the bus. The terrain around Mammoth Hot...

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Jul 30, 2014 - Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine adjacent to Fort Yellowstone and the Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District. It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate (over two tons flow into Mammoth each day in a solution). Although these springs lie outside the caldera boundary, their energy has been attributed to the same magmatic system that fuels other Yellowstone geothermal areas. The hot water that feeds Mammoth comes from Norris Geyser...

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2014 RV Adventure

Sep 23, 2013 - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Headed to Canyon Village this morning. Stopped in Mammoth for an elk fix. Continued on and spotted a herd of about twenty buffalo right near a parking area. Stopped. They were scary close but no ranger. Got behind a mess of fallen trees. Lin got a great pic of two buffaloes. Watched a lone male give himself a dirt bath by rolling in it. Then he proceeded to jump in the air. Ed was crazy with excitement. We could have gone home happy at this point but the day continued. Lin spotted about five longhorn sheep on a close hillside as we drove....

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Sep 22, 2013 - Mammoth Hot Springs & Norris Geyser Basin

After picking up a great shot in the dark coffee in Gardiner and speaking with a local who fishes for steelhead in Pulaski, we headed to the North entrance to Yellowstone located right down the street from our cottage. Temp today was in high 60's with a beautiful breeze and lots of sun. We walked the boardwalks around the hot springs near Mammoth Hotel. The thermal pots smell strongly of sulfur, but they are a rare type of beauty. We remarked about how our ancestors must have felt when they ran into this section of the country where water...

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Sep 24, 2012 - Day 7

So this day we entered Yellowstone. Just as beautiful as I've always heard. The park is set up in a figure 8 loop and we entered via the east entrance from Cody, WY, traveled south and headed to the Old Faithful. There were so many places to stop along the way and see hot spring basins, thermal falls, cascading water falls, and of course we got to see Old Faithful. The thermal basins are really amazing. We took lots of pictures but the colors are hard to capture. Some are crystal clear water that are so deep you can't see the bottom, while...

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Sep 20, 2012 - Fishing Bridge to Mammoth Hot Springs,Wyoming

This morning, on the way out, we stopped by to check out the Yellowstone Lake Hotel. It was built for the fa-fa people and it still caters to them...nice place but couldn't afford to stay there! Stopped by the LeHardy Rapids on the Yellowstone River. If we had been here in June/July, we would have see cutthroat trout jumping up these rapids to get to their spawning grounds (Fishing Bridge, where the Yellowstone River meets Lake Yellowstone). We passed through the "hot" area on the way to Hayden Valley...boy this area was really sulphur...

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Aug 28, 2011 - Touring Yellowstone

Mike woke up a bit earlier than the rest of us, no alarm clock today! He went for a walk by himself (against my better judgement!). He ran across an elk near the water, which was about 30 ft behind our campsite. He got some great shots and the elk looks like she is walking on water in one of them! LOL Spent the better part of our day touring the loop of geysers and springs around Old Faithful. While we were at the continental divide signpost we suggested to Donovan that he run up the parking lot and back to try and help him understand that...

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May 6, 2011 - Mammoth Campground, Yellowstone National Park

Yesterday we traveled up the Yellowstone River Canyon to Mammoth and plan to stay here for several days. No hookups and we travel to the town of Gardiner, Montana, 5 miles away for wifi. This evening we are enjoying sandwiches at the Tumbleweed and using their internet service. What's nice about being in Yellowstone National Park in our new life, we get to stay as long as we want! In our previous trips, it seems we never had more than a couple of days to enjoy the park and it was always in a rush. Today we enjoyed hiking around the Mammoth...

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Aug 26, 2010 - A visit with Johnsons and McDaniels

Bill and LoAnne Johnson and Roy and Ann McDaniels came to Yellowstone after attending the FMCA rally in Oregon. They are part of the “No Rules” club whom we attend Thanksgiving and Quartzsite with, Chuck and Shirley couldn’t make it, they had to go to TX to pick up Chuck’s mother. On our day off, we took them to sightsee the upper loop. They had gone on their own to see the lower loop and Old Faithful. From Canyon we drove through Dunraven Pass and we stopped at Tower Falls. Jack was with the Johnsons and I was with the McDaniels. We drove...

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Jul 29, 2010 - Hangin' out at the Elks Lodge

Time to pack up and head out of Yellowstone, but first lets take a stop at Mammoth Hot Springs, its on the north end of the Park right on our way out. As we arrived in town, the park rangers were directing traffic around the local herd of elk who were hanging out in the village square snoozing in the afternoon heat. We parked our rig alongside a relaxed few and had our lunch while observing these elegant animals right outside our windows. The RV got five stars for atmosphere even if the lunch menu was only leftovers! While the elk dozed the...

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