2011 WY/MT Trip – Day 2

Today we left Jackson and headed toward our next stop of Gardiner MT via Yellowstone Nat’l Park. On the way up, we knocked out the more ‘touristy’ portions of the park. And man, I can safely say that this is by the far the busiest park I’ve ever been in (even if it is labor day weekend). Stand in line to see something, 20 seconds to take a couple of photos, then get out of the way before you get mobbed by Japanese tourist.

Anywho, we covered about 200 miles today:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

We started out by going back through Teton park and nabbing a few photos on the way (No officer, I’m not parked in a handicapped spot, I’m just posing!):
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sunrise:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Heading up the “Mormon Way” to see a barn the wife wanted to get a few photos of:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Barn:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Stopped by to see the Grand Teton Point:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Snake River:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Lake (I forget the name right now):
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Entering Yellowstone:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

We stopped at the Thumb Basin which has a lot of thermal springs. Kinda neat how much heat these things put out. And some of the pools are really clear too:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Then the wife nearly walked into this guy:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

After we left the Thumb area, we headed up to see Old Faithful. The lodge they have up there is pretty dang neat too:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Busses they have running around:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

And of course, the Old Faithful Photos (Much quieter than I thought it would be):
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

We then went on to Grand Prismatic Spring, walking up the trail:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Spring:
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On to Gibbons Falls:
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Falls:
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Continuing on to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Canyon shots (and falls):
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Inspiration point:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

And then the long winding trek out of the park to our hotel:
Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

Sara L.: Ben WY / MT 2011 &emdash;

And that wraps up that portion of the trip. Today (Monday) I think we’re heading back into the park, I’m not quite sure yet though as the Wife hasn’t told me yet.

On to Day 3

 

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