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Aug 13, 2014 - Yellowstone National Park Part I: West Thumb

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....

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Aug 10, 2014 - Yellowstone Lake

Sylvan Pass (el. 8,524 feet) is a mountain pass located in the Absaroka Range in Yellowstone National Park. The pass provides access to the park from the east entrance, from Cody, WY. The pass was named after nearby Sylvan Lake (derived from medieval Latin sylvānus, from Latin Silvānus, god of the woods, from silva, forest), and was formed by frost action breaking the rocks. The park road through the pass was closed during winter but is now open to visitors throughout winter. The road is maintained to allow access via snowmobile, snow...

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2014 RV Adventure

Jul 24, 2010 - Travel to West Thumb

First stop... searching for food. The Ranger at the West Thumb Stations suggested the restaurant on the water at West Thumb. We parked the camper and walked to the building to find it "Closed for Lunch". We walked to a nearby restaurant at Grant Village. YUM. We arrived early enough to get a table by the window overlooking the lake. I had a 1/2 Monte Cristo sandwich and Soup. Ryan had a Teriyaki Chicken sandwich with fries. Ariane had a Buffalo Meatloaf sandwich. And Karen had the Trout. YUM! Is that because we were starving or because the...

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Jul 19, 2009 - West Thumb and Mud Volcano

We took a half day kayak trip on Yellowstone Lake on our third day. We kayaked a few miles along the shore to West Thumb Geyser Basin. Honestly, it wasn't worth the cost. We could see West Thumb better from the board walk on land than from the lake. West Thumb Geyser Basin is right on the lake and the lake provided a great backdrop for the different color hues of blue in each hot spring. Since Yellowstone is still active and ever changing, some of the pools which are called "Black" were actually sapphire blue and some of the springs called...

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Aug 6, 2008 - West Thumb Geyser Basin

After we left Hayden Valley we journeyed on to West Thumb Geyser Basin, where we viewed yet another area containing many beautiful geological formations. We hope we are not boring you with all the geysers and mineral pools but they are all so different even though they are in close proximity. We are considering coming back here next summer and the pictures will be more of the hikes we will take to water falls and lakes within the park (and of course the animals) that the normal public does not necessarily see.

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Jul 27, 2008 - Yellowstone and Teton

Yellowstone was amazing! We mainly stayed along the lower loop of the park and got to see many geothermal spots and of course, Old Faithful (which proved to test our patience as it's not so faitful these days). Camping is great here. The weather was perfect and the wildlife, active. As you can see with some the pictures, we got up close and personal with many animals here! We were hoping to see a bear before we left the park, and we bearly got our wish. An elk had been hit by a motorist. The park staff dragged the carcas down to the lake...

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Jul 12, 2007 - Day 18 - the road to Yellowstone

Well, today we left Seattle with the Temperature at 67 degrees, We drove south and headed over the mountains between volcanos Mt. St Helens & Mt Rainier. White's pass @ 4500 feet. then down to Yakima Valley...this is where many of the fruit you eat and drink come from. The terrain turns from green alpine mtns to arid treeless slopes with irrigation. And the Temperature went to 101 degrees as we drove through Washington, Oregon and Idaho. We made the stop at Caldwell Idaho, just 20 miles from Boise. This will be our last full hook-up spot as...

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Sep 7, 2006 - Yellowstone Park

We arrived in the West Yellowstone Park area, about 7pm, on Thursday 7th September. We've been staying in Motel 6's, or Super 8's depending which one is in the area. We tried the Super 8, but they had no rooms, the receptionist wished us luck finding somewhere! We drove around for a while, but most hotels had the no vacancy sign displayed. We gave the Ho-hum motel a miss and ended up at Dudes motel. They had 4 rooms left, so we booked in for 3 nights.

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Aug 13, 2006 - Yellowstone

We left The Tetons and drove the 17 miles to the entrance of Yellowstone. It was a further 22 miles to the 1st campsite which was full. Then another 16 miles to the next campsite which was also full, and where we discovered that ALL campgrounds were full. I didn't realize how large Yellowstone is. We kept driving north stopping to sightsee along the way. We saw lots of bison, a pack of wolves in the distance, and a herd of elk. We exited the park at the north gate and drove into Montana. It started raining so we were glad for the full...

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Jun 29, 2006 - Yellowstone National Park

We throughy enjoyed this great National Park.It's nature at it's finest. The animals running free, just like they have done for centurys, no fences.This is thier land. The last frontier. This is my third trip here, and this time I've had more time to see and savor the scenery.Old Faithfull did it's thing in all it's glory and splender Yellowstone Grand Canyon, to me is more spectacular than the Grand Canyon. With the Yellowstone river Falls ,going through the steep canyon with the turbelent water twisting it's way down to it's destination...

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Jun 27, 2006 - Yellowstone

Pat and I drove from Cody through Yellowstone and did both loops. There was so much to see and we saw loads of wildlife. We saw a bear, deer, wolf, antilope, ducks, buffalo, moose and coyote. We rode over 300 miles and were beat by the time we got home.

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May 12, 2005 - Choteau, MT to Yellowstone NP, Old Faithful (336 Miles)

5/12/05 Choteau, MT to Yellowstone National Park. (336 Miles) We decided that we would drive to Yellowstone on the way home as it is only 200 miles out of our way. We will not stay long, but it's worth a quick look. We plan on making a quick stop at Mnt. Rushmore also. The weather this morning was cool and cloudy. As we headed south we hit rain and then SNOW! Can you believe it, we're not in Alaska anymore and we are driving in the snow. It was not very hard snow, but it snow till late afternoon. Some place in Wyoming and the Dakotas got...

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