Now that I am back in the land of internet access I can catch up on my blog posts. It was a wonderful 10 days in Yellowstone National Park. For those that have not had the pleasure of visiting here, make sure you put it on your list. This is a park that does not disappoint in any area (except maybe the crowds but then that is typical of these larger and more popular National Parks).
While in the park I stayed at Fishing Bridge RV campground and Mammoth Hot Springs. While Fishing Bridge offered the RV amenities (water, elec and dump), Mammoth was much more like your typical National Park campground with Elk wandering through the campsites on a regular basis. Both campgrounds were full during my visit and I was lucky to arrive at Mammoth by 10:30 in the morning to get one of the first come first serve campsites that filled at 11:00 that day.
The wildlife and geothermal features were the highlights of the park (more about those in subsequent posts), but I also visited the Museum of the National Park Ranger that was interesting and was able to get in a couple of good hikes.
The trail to Storm Point (near Fishing Bridge) was a good choice. The size of the lake and the slightly stormy weather produced conditions that made the shore of Yellowstone Lake look similar to a ocean beach.
While at Mammoth a hike to Beaver Ponds was on the list. I was able to meet up with another Trek owner (Buck) that I had previously met in California after finding his blog online.
It was a good hike and although we did not see any beavers there was a nice buck and some great scenery. Buck’s Sister and Brother-in-law were also in the park and we had a nice dinner in the Mammoth dining room (where I worked as a waitress 33 years ago!).
Leaving Yellowstone the pronghorn antelope were on hand to say farewell (and hello to visitors entering the park).
Exiting through the historic north entrance arch was a fond farewell to a beautiful park.