Wow what a day. My tire monitor alarmed again this morning so I decided to take the car to have it looked at. I checked reviews using YELP on my iPhone and found one place highly recommended. So I headed over there to Randy's Auto Service. Pam at the front desk and Clark the technician took good care of me. He found a small piece of metal in the tire. He dismounted it and patched it from the inside. I was back to the Campground in less than an hour and we loaded up and headed into the park. We had one false start and had to go back into the coach for lunch and water and a couple other items. (We did forget to close a roof vent).
|Clark just finishing up, he even hand torques the lug nuts|
|Don't fall in|
|Beautiful twisted pieces of pine|
|Old Faithful starting to vent|
|A good blow|
|Crossed this twice today|
|Right outside my window|
|Maybe 30 Elk|
|Part of the Wolf pack|
We were all up before 6am and on the road by 7am. One false start we had to come back to wash the windshield and get the inside film off the windows with the sun so low and bright. We were headed for the North entrance to the park. Bonnie had us signed up for a program at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center. We had about an hour long tour and got to see a lot of their historical records and specimens. I enjoyed the tour and was happy to learn all that they are doing to preserve the records of what has happened here at the park. Along the way we did not run into much traffic so we were able to make a few stops along the way to see some more of the sights. Here are a few of the pictures.
|It was pretty foggy the first half of the trip|
|But this is all steam coming out of vents on the side of the hill|
|This is Sheepeater Cliff|
|This guy is a Yellow Bellied Marmont|
|We spotted a couple Elk|
|This concrete roadway used to be wooden|
|Ranger Billy showed us the artifacts and specimens|
|These are the jawbones from some of the first wolves that were reintroduced into the park and died unexpectedly|
|An ancient tool made from obsidian a black volcanic rock|
|One of the first to try to make money at Yellowstond|
|Here is a finished one|
After the tour we took a gravel road further north that is actually part of the park and can be accessed without going through the park entrance. We spotted a small group of Prong Horn Antelope standing belly deep in the tall grass.
Then back into the park proper through the Roosevelt Gate.
I took a couples picture and they took ours.
|At the North Entrance|
Here is what we did the rest of the day.
|Stopped at the petrified tree|
|Lunch near the petrified tree|
|The down logs are from the 1988 fires, the new pines sprouted also in 1988 after the fires|
|This guys was trying to sleep near the Rangers Museum|
|The Ranger had a couple kids that were visiting help him fold the flag.|
|Some of these hot springs really bubble|
|Lots of Ravens in the par,|
We all slept in for an extra hour this morning. Bonnie called today our bonus day. We looked around town and the ladies shopped until a little after noon. Then after lunch we headed into the park planning to stay into the evening and hoping to see some more wildlife.
|Spotted these elk on the way into the park|
|Bonnie took this shot|
|Amazed at how clear the water is this one was not even steaming|
|Vintage travel car, one of the tour groups uses this|
|Colorful hot spring|
|This geyser was to erupt at 5:30 +or- 2 hours. We were there at 3:30 so we left|
|Pulled up to this one just as it erupted|
|Then on to Old Faithful got there just as it started to erupt|
|Back to the other on just as it was finishing it eruption, glad we did not sit and wait|
|This smoker uses pellets.|
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