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At the Start

Fourth Grandchild Trip


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

After my mother died in 2006, I decided to carry on the tradition that she started of taking a trip with each of her grandchildren.

  • I took the first grandson C on a Bus trip to Ireland in 2007. He was 13 almost 14. (I have not finished writing up this trip yet because the photos got all mixed up on my computer).
  • The second grandson - D - did a Mediterranean Cruise in 2008. He was 13 almost 14. Which is mostly finished.
  • The third trip - the first one with a granddaughter - B- who is the sister of the grandson who went with me to Ireland. We went on a Baltic Cruise in 2009. She was 12 almost 13. Also mostly finished.

This is the fourth grandchild trip - with my grandson J. He is 12 - the youngest of my grandsons. He said he did not want to go to the Caribbean. I knew he was interested in weather, volcanoes and WWII. I asked him if he would rather go to Alaska or Hawaii, and he picked Hawaii. But we are going to Yellowstone National Park first. Yellowstone is the caldera of a gigantic ancient volcano.

I made reservations to fly into West Yellowstone on the first flight of the spring - 9 June. I was picking up a rental car and staying at a motel in West Yellowstone. Then I would drive in to Yellowstone to stay at the Old Faithful Inn on the 10th and 11th. We would drive out of the park on the 12th and go back to West Yellowstone for a second night and fly back to Texas on the 13th. I bought tickets for the "Circle of Fire" which was an all day tour on the 11th.

Then we were to fly from DFW (Dallas Fort Worth airport) to Honolulu on the 16th of June. I made reservations at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber which was a block or so from the beach. I bought tickets on a Air and Land tour of Pearl Harbor - the air part was to follow the flight of the Japanese bombers on the first day and then we would visit Pearl Harbor the following day. Then we were embarking on the Pride of America for a cruise around the islands. After the cruise, we were flying to the Big Island, and I would rent a car so we could spend a couple of days in Volcano National Park.

Saturday 5 June 2010 (our 51st wedding anniversary)

I packed off and on all day today. I haven't been able to find any of the lists that I made for other trips, which worries me because I am afraid I will forget something. I took the little red rolling bag (which was bulging, but in it I had another little cloth bag for the shorter trips, and a tote for use on excursions.

It was fairly heavy, but I did not weigh it. I also had the cloth computer bag which looks kind of like a briefcase. I took everything out of my wallet (like the safe deposit key) that I wouldn't need on the trip and put that and a change purse in a small black fanny pack which went into the computer bag. But it didn't stay in there very well and kept falling out. I printed out my boarding pass.

I am taking so many pills now and the flax seed oil and fish oil ones are so big that I can't fit them into my pill keeper anymore and Bob lent me two of his which cover the trip. I send a box off to our daughter E on Thursday with one of the pill keepers, my mask and snorkel, dive skin, inhaler, a small white hat, a power strip, and a couple of other things in it (13+ lbs). I find that the pill keepers rattle, and didn't want them rattling in the computer bag, so I packed the other one in the suitcase which I know I shouldn't do, but it worked out OK in this case.

Sunday 6 June 2010

Sunday morning, I ate two slices of bread, and set the big laptop up in the computer room for Bob to use. I am taking the little old laptop which I haven't used since 2007 because it is smaller and significantly lighter. I hope this doesn't come back to bite me because this morning it said Windows had a fatal exception and had to close.

Bob said to put everything in the trunk, so I did, including my coat with the liner zipped in for Yellowstone in June (although Dallas is to be over 100 today), a hat, cane, suitcase, and computer bag. The fanny pack fell out so I picked it up and took it and my cell phone and the boarding pass with me into the car. After we got underway, I phoned for the gate information. Boarding was to start at 12:45 - plane was to leave at 1:15 pm. Took all the small bills from the wallet and put them in my passport case (around my neck) for tips. I had a $10, a $5 and four $1s

Got to the airport about 10:15. Took everything out of the trunk. I was hoping to curb check the bag although I think it would work to be a carry-on. Curb check area was un-manned.

Met a skycap with a cart coming across the street and he asked me if I wanted a wheelchair so I said yes, and walked on across the street. When I went to get my credit card out, I realized that I did not have the fanny pack which had my wallet (drivers license and credit cards). Bob had already left. I took my phone out and tried to call him, but he had his cell phone OFF. The skycap came back with a wheelchair for me and we went inside and I tried to call again and left a callback number in case he didn't remember my cell number.

I told the skycap that I had no credit cards with me, and gave him my passport and my boarding pass and he checked the bag for me. I asked him about the checked bag charge and he said they didn't charge me. I don't know why. I tipped him with the $5.00

The wheelchair lady dumped the water in my water bottle, took me through security, refilled my water bottle and then took me to the gate, and I gave her $4.00. The plane was a little late getting in and I saw on the screen that I couldn't buy food unless I had a credit card, and of course I didn't. So I walked down to Wendy's and got a wrap and a baked potato and got a $20 changed (I had money in my passport case).

Got back to my seat and found I had no eating utensil for the baked potato. The only thing I had that resembled something to eat with was a small round magnifying glass on a handle. So I used that. The plane wasn't all that late and boarding was only delayed a little. I got on with the first class and the rest of the wheelchair people (there were 7 of us).
Flight to Texas

Flight to Texas


It was a good flight, and we got to DFW a little ahead of schedule. The wheelchair boy had just graduated from high school. I called my daughter E from the baggage claim and told her where I was and she sent my granddaughter A in. A wasn't wearing her glasses so she walked all the way around the baggage area before she saw me, and just about that time my bag came and we got out to the car and put the stuff in. I tipped the wheelchair guy.

I played some kind of computer room decorating game with my granddaughters and (or actually the older one demonstrated the game to me) in the evening.

My computer crashed that evening and I started to defragment the hard drive and it was still doing it when I wanted to go to bed, so I left it running and woke up at 3:30 and it was done. I also took off all the photos from 2007 and 2008 and put them on a memory stick so I have more room on the computer.

Monday 7 June 2010

I unpacked and rearranged the luggage so I could see what I have and I found I have two pair of maroon pants (one without pockets) instead of pants and a skirt. Oh well. At least one pair has pockets.
Packing

Packing


We played a game with the whole family in the evening after dinner. I can't remember what it is called but you try to get people to guess a word by putting little cards on a board. I didn't do too well. My grandson reassured me with that at least I did better than his younger sister, and I said

"Oh great - not only am I not smarter than a 5th grader, but I'm just a little smarter than a third grader."


My granddaughter corrected me that she is now a fourth grader.
Patio out back

Patio out back


The guys are still working on the patio out back. I took some photos of the house.

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Monday, Bob sent the fanny pack by FedEx and it got here at 10:20 on Tuesday. All is well on that front. I downloaded the most up-to-date Firefox and that works better than the version that I had (2.0).

The computer gave me some more trouble, and the cameras started to malfunction also.
Game room

Game room


Tried to do a cooking Wi game with with my granddaughter, but I am hopeless at it. I told her if I was mixing cookie dough I would use a mixer.

We went to my grandson's ball game at 1700 and it was REALLY hot.
Grandson at bat

Grandson at bat


Bill and Phyllis (the other grandparents) came too - Bill has a scooter he uses.
Bill on his scooter, Phyllis and youngest granddaughter

Bill on his scooter, Phyllis and youngest granddaughter

Afterwards we went to the Double Dipper
Frozen Custard

Frozen Custard


and had frozen custard.
Frozen Custard

Frozen Custard


My son-in-law took our older granddaughter to get a slushie instead as she can't have the frozen custard because it has gluten in it.
Eating Frozen Custard (or a Slushie)

Eating Frozen Custard (or a Slushie)


They had the misting fans running there.

We came home from the game and the computer crashed again. Could not download the photos off the camera or anything. So I decided maybe it was getting too hot, and shut it down. Then this morning I did a system restore, and re-downloaded Firefox and it seems to be OK now. We will see.

When I went to download the photos from the camera it refused as it said there was an unrecognized file type. After I deleted that, it worked OK. My grandson's camera is at the shop and he expects to have it back by the time we go on the Hawaii section but for now he will use my other one that Bob usually uses. It is identical to mine except that the on-off switch is very hard to turn and I get a bruised thumb when I use it.

We packed for this short trip (we return on June 13th) with just two carry-on bags. We each had a small wheeled bag and my grandson had a backpack and I had a soft side computer bag. My daughter printed out our boarding passes and put my grandson's frequent flyer number into the AA reservations.

Wednesday 9 June 2010

I had breakfast with the kids - my daughter's breakfasts are as good as the cruise ship - a regular smorgasbord. Showered and finished packing. We had an early lunch, and off to the airport.

I forget to bring the binoculars. We were dropped off and they got me a chair and called a wheelchair for me. I sat in the chair and waited. The guy came and got the other lady sitting there and took her and then came back for me. I tipped him $4.00

When we cut into the security line, I told my grandson to get out his passport and it took him quite awhile because I think it was in his backpack and not accessible. And then the guy said he didn't need it - that he didn't need to see ID if they were under 18. So I was not asked for my documentation to have him as they didn't know his name.

Then he had to get his computer out and it took him some time to get organized.

We were at the gate in good order and I said I would stay seated in the wheelchair (as opposed to getting out and sitting in a chair). There were some people flying standby and the plane was not full. My grandson got a hamburger and fries and a drink in the airport.
J eating lunch in the airport

J eating lunch in the airport


Another lady wheeled me down the gangway and the flight attendant took my cane and coat. My grandson had a hard time lifting his wheeled bag into the bin - I guess I should have done it for him.
Bad driver?

Bad driver?


The plane taxied all the way to the other side of the airport, crossing several freeways to get to the runway. There were a lot of planes lined up to take off but the pilot (a very chatty one) said that there was even more of a back-up going east because of the thundershowers which had just passed over us.
Taking off from DFW

Taking off from DFW


My grandson slept some in the plane. I had cranapple and a chocolate chip cookie on the plane
My lunch

My lunch


and took a few photos
Snowy mountains

Snowy mountains


and did the crossword.

Next: Salt Lake City

Posted by greatgrandmaR 20:02 Archived in USA Tagged flying family grandson bwi frisco Comments (4)

Delta Screws Up the Plan - So - Making Lemonade

Forced Overnight in Salt Lake City


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

9 June 2010 - Continued- Flying from Dallas to Salt Lake

4880730-View_of_the_Mountains_Salt_Lake_City.jpgFlying over the mountains

Flying over the mountains

Wait a minute. I thought we were going to Yellowstone. Why the stopover in Salt Lake?

My daughter B, who did this trip in 2008, told me that I needed to make a reservation for the Old Faithful Inn a year in advance, and so I made the reservation as soon as I decided to go. I made my reservations at the Old Faithful Inn for June 10-12. These were the dates I had to work with.

Now - how to get there? If I didn't want to do the long drive from Jackson Hole WY (which I didn't) I would have to fly into West Yellowstone. West Yellowstone is a tiny airport. There are no commercial fights in the winter. The first flight of the spring was scheduled to be 9 June from Salt Lake City. So I booked flights from DFW to Salt Lake and then to West Yellowstone for June 9th with June 13th as the return flight. I intended to stay at West Yellowstone the first night.

But Delta canceled the flight to West Yellowstone on June 9th. They did this in a very strange way. They didn't tell me that the flight on the 9th was not going to go. NO of course not. They canceled the return from West Yellowstone without explaining that this was because I wouldn't get there on the 9th.

It was easier to book a hotel in Salt Lake for the 9th and book the flight SLC to West Yellowstone on the 10th and cancel the hotel for the 9th in West Yellowstone than it was to rebook the whole thing. I probably couldn't have re-booked the Old Faithful Inn anyway. I picked a hotel in Salt Lake that was near Temple Square.

Got to Salt Lake
Landing

Landing


and since we didn't have any checked bags, we went right to the hotel pickup. Hotel shuttles and taxis connect the airport with downtown. Before I booked, I made sure our hotel had a free shuttle as I didn't want to pay for a taxi even though the airport is fairly close to the downtown. The wheelchair lady used the phone to called the hotel van
967665824880693-Waiting_for_.._Lake_City.jpgWaiting for the Shuttle

Waiting for the Shuttle


which came in about 5 minutes.
4880715-Tower_Salt_Lake_City.jpgConvention Center tower and New condo being built

Convention Center tower and New condo being built


I wanted a hotel as close to the Family Research Center as possible, and which also had wi-fi. This hotel (Salt Lake Plaza) filled the bill on all accounts - it is right across from the Temple and the Family Research Center backs up to the hotel.
Temple from the dirty hotel window by the elevator

Temple from the dirty hotel window by the elevator


We could see the capitol building from our window which is on the 9th floor.
100_5621.jpgState capitol Out our window

State capitol Out our window


The hotel is owned by the Church (Later Day Saints). The wi-fi worked well. They even had a way to print out our boarding passes in the lobby.

We dropped our stuff and I changed out of my slip-on airplane shoes into walking shoes and set out on our afternoon. First afterthought - I had to go back for my cane.

We headed over for the Family History Library - taking photos on the way. My grandson was uninterested in this, but we did take some photos of the horse-drawn carriage tours which go from South Temple at the south gate of Temple Square.
Horse and Carriage

Horse and Carriage


There is a total weight limit - generally they can seat 4 adults and 2 small children. Rides vary according to what locations are visited and vary between $50.00 and $80.00 for the whole group.

I saw a little log cabin and asked my grandson to see what it was.
100_4510.JPGLog cabin on the left and History Museum on the right

Log cabin on the left and History Museum on the right


Pioneer Log Home

Pioneer Log Home

Sign explaining the log home

Sign explaining the log home


When the pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, they immediately began constructing simple homes in their new surroundings. Today, more than a century and a half later, only two of these original structures remain intact. This is one of them - it was home to the William Henry Deuel family for less than two years following their arrival in the valley.
05517810-befd-11ea-bdba-795eda2388b7.jpgInside the cabin

Inside the cabin


Today it has been fully restored and furnished with authentic pioneer artifacts, including a cast-iron stove and a spinning wheel

4854722-Temple_Salt_Lake_City.jpgSalt Lake Temple

Salt Lake Temple

Statue on top of the temple

Statue on top of the temple

The members of the LDS or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe that only persons baptized in their faith will be saved. Since they want all their ancestors to be saved, one of the things that they concentrate on is finding the people from whom they are descended so that they can be baptized in retrospect. The result of this is that the Church of Latter Day Saints has one of the largest, if not THE largest library of records of this kind in the world.

Tabernacle Across from the Family Visitor's Center

Tabernacle Across from the Family Visitor's Center

Close-up of bas relief on the Church History Museum

Close-up of bas relief on the Church History Museum


Family History Library

Family History Library


* The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 742,000 microfiche; 310,000 books, serials, and other formats; 4,500 periodicals; 700 electronic resources.

  • The International Genealogical Index database contains approximately 600 million names of deceased individuals. An addendum to the International Genealogical Index contains an additional 125 million names. These names have been patron submitted or extracted from thousands of original birth, christening and marriage records.
  • Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
  • In 2003, the collection increased monthly by an average of 4,100 rolls of film, 700 books, and 16 electronic resources.
  • A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930.
  • Approximately 200 cameras are currently microfilming records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.

Patron Resources:

  • 202 patron computers
  • 509 microfilm readers
  • 36 microfiche readers
  • 28 microfilm and microfiche copiers
  • 4 microfilm scanners
  • 15 book copiers
  • Seating capacity for 396 at tables
  • Orientation and research classes

Phyllis (the other grandmother) had given me her genealogical information to me and she asked me to see if I can find her grandfather Alonzo Selby's discharge papers from the Federal Army (Civil War). I hadn't thought about it particularly, but my grandson astutely pointed out that Alonzo could not have served in the Civil War, as he was not born until 1878.
Microfilm reader

Microfilm reader


I relearned how to do searches there and get the microfiche and make copies of it and showed my grandson how to do that.
Photos of enlistment records

Photos of enlistment records


We did find 13 Selbys from Indiana who were in the Federal Army, but the one named Alonzo was born in 1844 and was not the father of her grandfather. We did find our Alonzo in the census with his widowed father.

Got out of the library about 8 and I would have walked to a restaurant, but my back was hurting so we just went back to the hotel
Hotel room

Hotel room


and ordered pizza. My grandson had his half sausage and I had my half pineapple.
4880644-Pizza_box_Salt_Lake_City.jpgPizza box on our hotel table

Pizza box on our hotel table


I also ordered cheese garlic bread
Unfinished cheesy bread

Unfinished cheesy bread


and we couldn't eat it all. The basic order was under $20, and I tipped the delivery person who came up to our room. (i.e. we didn't have to go down to the lobby like I do in Chicago.) We have a wake-up call, room service breakfast and a shuttle to the airport on order.
5367254854703-State_Capito.._Lake_City.jpgHotel room in the evening with my grandson

Hotel room in the evening with my grandson

State Capitol at night

State Capitol at night


I will not have internet access again until the 12th as the Old Faithful Inn does not have it.

Thursday 10 June 2010

My grandson woke early and took some photos of the state capitol and an industrial complex
Industrial area

Industrial area


that we could see from our window, and also some aspects of the hotel room
Bathroom

Bathroom

4854700-Safe_Salt_Lake_City.jpgSafe and Ice bucket

Safe and Ice bucket



There was a restaurant, and they had a breakfast buffet but I don't like buffets as it is difficult for me to walk with a tray and a cane. So we ordered room service for breakfast and it came as requested. He loved his sausage gravy and biscuits. I didn't eat all of my breakfast. I found the hash browns greasy. I took an English muffin thinking I could eat it later, but by the time I got to where I was hungry, it had gotten too hard to bite pieces from it.

I checked out of the hotel on the phone and then went down to the lobby to wait for the shuttle van. The van was doing another errand and we had plenty of time this was the 8:00 van and our plane didn't start to board until 10:00 or so.

My grandson went into the gift shop and bought some things, and I decided to do that too at the last minute. They had some deer antlers displayed on the top of the bookcase, and some other interesting items but what I got were CDs of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. What would say Salt Lake better than that?
Sculpture in median

Sculpture in median


The TRAX light rail had a stop right in front of our hotel.
Trolley or tram

Trolley or tram


On the top of the kiosk between the tracks were bird sculptures which I thought were interesting.
Bird sculptures - Pigeon or Sea Gulls?

Bird sculptures - Pigeon or Sea Gulls?


We didn't have a chance to ride the 15-mile line down to 10000 South in Sandy (South Salt Lake Valley). It might have been an good way to see Salt Lake. When I was here before I took some photos from the hotel window of the buses, but at that time, I was too busy to do that either even though the hotel told me that the downtown was a fare free zone with no charge if you enter and exit in that zone.
Beehive shaped route signs

Beehive shaped route signs


We got to the airport and I asked for a wheelchair. There were two of us ladies who needed wheelchairs and one skycap pushed us both up the elevator and through security. Again they didn't need to see my grandson's ID. Then the wheelchair person left me and went to take the other lady to her plane. Before he left I gave him $2.00

The SLC airport is big, but the little Embraer Brasilia turboprop aircraft we are taking was in E terminal. Terminal E had five or six gates all squashed together for the little regional aircraft each with two flights listed.
Our plane from inside the airport

Our plane from inside the airport


They left me sitting in the wheelchair as there were no seats. My grandson briefly sat on my small bag although there was an empty wheelchair he could have used. He also went to the bathroom, filled his water bottle and got something to eat and then got my water bottle filled at the Starbucks stand.

We were supposed to board at 10:10, but of course we didn't. Four different wheelchair people came to me and explained that there would be a 20 minute delay. Before the flight was called they allowed me to board and there were three wheelchair people competing to push me out to the gate. In this area instead of the planes coming up and having a direct connection to the terminal, you walk down a long corridor and then open a door and walk out to the plane and up the steps. (Like in the olden days.)
Plane and Salt Lake airport from my seat

Plane and Salt Lake airport from my seat


We got to the actual plane about 10:45. My grandson gate checked his bag. We were right in front of the wing, but in back of the prop. There were less than 10 of us on the plane. I was by the window as my grandson does not like to fly and doesn't want the window seat. We took off about 11:30.
4880728-Taking_off_from_SLC_Salt_Lake_City.jpgTaking off in the Embraer Brasilia turboprop aircraft

Taking off in the Embraer Brasilia turboprop aircraft

100_4544.JPGReflections  and Tree covered slopes

Reflections and Tree covered slopes


They gave us peanuts as a snack but my grandson attempted to sleep instead.
My snack - cranberry juice and nuts

My snack - cranberry juice and nuts

Posted by greatgrandmaR 13:50 Archived in USA Tagged temple genealogy salt_lake Comments (2)

His First Experience of Yellowstone

Arriving at the Old Faithful Lodge


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

My parents took us (my sister and me) to Yellowstone when we were 8 and 10 years old. But my grandson had never been here before.

Memories that I have include my father using a schedule that the park service gave him to see what geysers were going to erupt, and going to wait for them. And also walking the boardwalk of Biscuit Basin.My little sister, my mom and me in 1948 - Biscuit Basin

My little sister, my mom and me in 1948 - Biscuit Basin

10 June Continued

Flying In

Flying In


When we arrived, my grandson J. was extremely impressed with the smallness of the airport (one gate, two rental car places, a snack bar, and bathrooms was about it.)
100_5673.jpgJ's photo of the Yellowstone Airport

J's photo of the Yellowstone Airport

J's photo of the Yellowstone Airport building

J's photo of the Yellowstone Airport building


I had a rental car waiting and they gave me a white Sonata with
Idaho license plate

Idaho license plate


similar to mine that I had at home. I didn't take the insurance or any of the extras.

One thing that was a little different (if I understand it correctly) was that if I drove less than 75 miles, they would charge me extra for gas whether it was full or not. We got a map of West Yellowstone from the car rental place.

My grandson dragged his wheeled bag with my computer bag on top across the gravel/sand parking lot (gravel is not good for wheeled bags - you need a hard surface for them to 'wheel') and we put the stuff into the trunk. I was thinking it was time for lunch, but we were too anxious to get to the Old Faithful Inn to stop in West Yellowstone and went directly to the park entrance.

We got in free with my Golden Age passport. Otherwise the permit for a car would be $25.00. My grandson thought that was cool. The lady manning the entrance booth gave us a lot of useful information and told us how to get to the Old Faithful Inn where we would be staying. I asked her when check-in time was and she said she used to work there and it was 1400 but they would probably have our rooms ready because we wouldn't get there until about 1300. This was correct.

From the west entrance in Montana to the Old Faithful Inn is about 30 miles. There were even some informational signs along the way about the routes people took to get into the park.
Informational sign about the travels of Indians and Mountain Men in the river valley

Informational sign about the travels of Indians and Mountain Men in the river valley


Part of the sign says: Stagecoaches traveled this route from 1880 to 1917. Early service was from Virginia City to the Lower Geyser Basin. The 95 mile trip took 16 hours. Stages later met trains at Monida, Montana. In 1907 the railroad reached West Yellowstone.

The first animals we saw were some bison,
First bison sighting

First bison sighting

Bison

Bison


and then we stopped to take photos of an eagle's nest.
J's photo of the eagle's nest

J's photo of the eagle's nest


We also heard a raven
Raven saying “Balk”

Raven saying “Balk”


which J said was saying "Balk Balk Balk" (like to a baseball pitcher). We saw our first view of the geysers
First geyser view

First geyser view

after we turned down toward the Old Faithful area and we went by Biscuit Basin

Biscuit Basin area from the car - It was closed and cordoned off with Construction Site tape

Biscuit Basin area from the car - It was closed and cordoned off with Construction Site tape

J's photo of the river

J's photo of the river

J. also took a photo of a bluebird and I took one of an old fisherman with a Santa Claus beard fishing in the river
Santa Claus fisherman

Santa Claus fisherman

e2adc000-c0b6-11ea-80b4-157c6ae442ba.jpgJ's photo of Old Faithful

J's photo of Old Faithful


Parking at the Inn was a bit of a problem as it was kind of rainy and there was an veteran car rally there (The Red Rock Rendezvous Antique car rally) and the really old cars were under the porte cochere.

"Veteran" car

"Veteran" car

This was a tour where 13 drivers from around the country drove vehicles built before 1915 through the scenic roads of Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park and Colorado.

Map of Old Car tour

Map of Old Car tour

A newspaper story about them said, "Drivers generally hum along about 40 to 45 miles per hour and cover somewhere between 150 and 220 miles in a day, depending on road conditions, weather and the amount of time spent waiting for buffalo to cross their paths". When we crossed the country in 1964 and 1966 in our 1932 Plymouths, we did about the same speed, but we usually did a little more mileage.

FInally a space to park our rental car

FInally a space to park our rental car


Eventually I found a place to park and we walked in a registered.

Reception desk

Reception desk

I had a hard time getting a reservation here because I wanted two beds and did not want to share a bathroom with someone else. If you can possibly book here, this is the place to stay. But even if you can't do that, you should go and look at the inside of this National Historic Landmark. The nearly 700 feet in length and seven stories high Old Faithful Inn was designed by Robert C. Reamer, who wanted the asymmetry of the building to reflect the chaos of nature. It was built around 1903 and is one of the few remaining log hotels in the United States. In the lobby is a massive rhyolite fireplace, and railings made of contorted lodgepole pine.
Looking up in the lobby at the railings made of contorted lodgepole pine

Looking up in the lobby at the railings made of contorted lodgepole pine


675784035810075-Looking_up_a..ional_Park.jpgMy photo (left) and J's photo of the massive rhyolite fireplace

My photo (left) and J's photo of the massive rhyolite fireplace


They did not tell us anything about needing to pick up a ticket for the Ring of Fire tour the next day although they mentioned the tour.

They gave us keys (real keys, not the ones like a credit card) and we were in the East Wing on the front. That meant walking along a corridor, turning down another corridor, walking half the length of the East Wing to the elevator and then walking all the way back to our room. It was quite a hike for me.

There were no televisions, radios, air conditioning, or internet available at all. There was a phone.
Table in our room with coffee pot and ice bucket

Table in our room with coffee pot and ice bucket


There was a shrank/wardrobe, and this time it was not a TV cabinet (the one in SLC had doors that you could push back into the cabinet to reveal the TV), but just a place for clothes, and there was a little fan in there.
Wardrobe with my cane and seating area

Wardrobe with my cane and seating area

The bathroom was in a 20s style,
Bathtub and toilet

Bathtub and toilet


and I took photos of the tiles around the bathroom which had silhouettes of animals on them
8f5c98f0-c092-11ea-a65d-6f2f28ffac31.JPGDecorative tiles - wolf and bison

Decorative tiles - wolf and bison


Ergonomic soap - hole for holding it

Ergonomic soap - hole for holding it

I took photos of the soap (in the shape of a bear and one in the shape of a leaf)
Leaf soap

Leaf soap


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Sink with hair dryer and closeup of the soaps in the bathroom - this is the bear soap


The sink and the mirror were outside the bathroom so someone could shave while someone else was using the shower. Our window looked out toward Old Faithful and you could see if it was going off from the window. It was screened so photos from there wouldn't be very good,
Thru the screen from the room

Thru the screen from the room


but was very convenient for my grandson who is much more mobile and he was able to run outside to take pictures very quickly
Old Faithful

Old Faithful


Plush animal in room (for sale)

Plush animal in room (for sale)


In our room was a felt buffalo that we could buy to support the park.

We went back downstairs
Back of Old Faithful Inn - through the screen

Back of Old Faithful Inn - through the screen


Directional sign by the fireplace

Directional sign by the fireplace


I felt that we had to have lunch but the Old Faithful Inn dining room wasn't open.

Off the lobby is a place called the "Bear Pit" Lounge;
Bear Pit

Bear Pit


We never tried to eat here. The website says: Adorned with etched glass panels inspired by the original wooden Bear Pit Murals, the lounge offers a pleasant locale for a drink, appetizers and fond recollections of the day.

We saw a sign that there was a cafeteria off the lobby, so we went into the deli, and got sandwiches (I had to sit down on my cane in the cashiers line because the woman in front of us was trying to make her kid promise to eat something if she bought it, and she took an incredibly long time doing that.) There was also a bake shop.

We ate the sandwiches sitting next to the entrance of the West Wing as I did not have the energy to go back to our room. J's was some kind of lunch meat,
Grandson's Sandwich

Grandson's Sandwich


and mine was a Dagwood sub, which was soggy.
My soggy Dagwood sub

My soggy Dagwood sub


I got cranberry juice to drink, and we shared a cinnamon bun
Too sweet

Too sweet


which we both thought had too much icing. We didn't try the ice cream.

J. ran out to take photos of Old Faithful when it went off at 1500.
Grandson's picture

Grandson's picture


I just took a photo from outside the Inn
Old Faithful erupting

Old Faithful erupting


My dad's photo in 1948

My dad's photo in 1948


Then we decided to drive down to Grand Teton NP so I could get my National Park Passport stamped. We stopped at Kepler Cascades and J. got out and took some photos,
100_5719.jpgJ's photo of Kepler Falls - looking down

J's photo of Kepler Falls - looking down

Bottom of the Kepler Cascades

Bottom of the Kepler Cascades


and then we stopped
100_5726.jpgShoshone Lake on drive down to Grand Teton Park

Shoshone Lake on drive down to Grand Teton Park


at the Shoshone Lake overlook. We went across the Continental Divide three times and I stopped once and took J's picture standing next to the sign.
Continental Divide

Continental Divide

Who scratched the tree?

Who scratched the tree?

Driving in Grand Tetons

Driving in Grand Tetons


We got down to Grand Teton - the John D Rockefeller Memorial Parkway.
John D Rockefeller Drive sign

John D Rockefeller Drive sign


First stop at Grand Teton - Flagg Ranch gift shop

First stop at Grand Teton - Flagg Ranch gift shop


Flagg Ranch was the first place we came to. It was raining a lot and there was a lot of standing water on the roads. We went into the lodge there and they said the ranger station where we could have gotten my passport stamped was closed. Since it was such bad weather and I was getting sleepy, I decided to turn around and go back.
Back to Yellowstone in the rain

Back to Yellowstone in the rain

Free for us with Golden Age Pass

Free for us with Golden Age Pass


Then of course it cleared up.

We stopped at Scaup Lake and took some reflection photos.
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J. at Scaup Lake

Reflections

Reflections

Falls

Falls


We got back to the Old Faithful Inn (OFI) about 1900 after 117 miles. That takes care of the 75 mile problem
From the parking lot to the East Wing

From the parking lot to the East Wing


I thought it was time for dinner. I called on J's phone, but the first reservation we could get in the dining room was 21:15, and I thought that was too late, so we ate in the Fountain area of the General Store. Built in 1897, this was the first store in the Old Faithful area. Adjacent to the Old Faithful Inn, the unique burl wood highlights
Burled wood of the General Store

Burled wood of the General Store


original marble counter and fountain stools represent the National Park’s rustic tradition. (You can eat at the counter or they will bring your food to the table - we are at the counter.)
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Fountain and tables

Menu

Menu

Sitting at the counter having dinner - reflected in mirror

Sitting at the counter having dinner - reflected in mirror


They cook each meal to order so service isn't always completely efficient, but the workers try to please. I don't remember what we had for dinner but a cheeseburger and fries was $8.10.

It was still light, so I suggested to J that he do the loop around the hotel and look at the thermal features, and he did. These photos below are all his

First Old Faithful again, and then he saw
Beehive Geyser (not erupting at this time)

Beehive Geyser (not erupting at this time)


and many other pools and geysers
Chinese hot spring

Chinese hot spring


Bubbling hot spring

Bubbling hot spring

Ear pool

Ear pool


large_100_5784.jpgSawmill geyser

Sawmill geyser

Liberty pool

Liberty pool

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Algae mat


Hot spring with algae

Hot spring with algae

Orange Spring

Orange Spring

Rainbow of death

Rainbow of death


Rainbow

Rainbow


Chromatic pool

Chromatic pool


Beauty Pool

Beauty Pool


large_100_5805.jpgAurum geyser

Aurum geyser

Doublet pool

Doublet pool


Grotto geyser

Grotto geyser


Castle geyser

Castle geyser


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Old Faithful and the Inn

Old Faithful and the Inn


While he was gone, I organized my stuff and left a wake-up call for 6:30 and ordered box lunches for the next day. He came back about 2100, very cold as he only had on a short sleeved shirt and a jacket.

We had no internet, but we downloaded the photos out of the cameras and did some editing.

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Ring or Circle of Fire Tour

A Way to See The Best Features of Yellowstone Without Driving or Getting Lost


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

There is an area of the world called the Ring of Fire. It is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

This Circle of Fire Tour is a tour run by Xanterra who also run the hotels at the parks. It is not run by the NPS. This is a full day tour, and travels along the lower portion of Yellowstone's figure eight road system.
Map of the Circuit

Map of the Circuit


The major sights include the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, and Norris Geyser Basin. It did not include the Mammoth Hot Springs area

Friday, 11 June 2010

Remember I had ordered box lunches for the next day because the tour was scheduled to leave at 8:15 and get back about 5. J. was in the shower when the wake-up call came at 6:30. He said was alternately freezing and scalding. He didn't see the bathmat (which was on a towel rack) so he used a towel.

This time when we went down to get our lunches and breakfast, I went down the steps one level and went across the breezeway and over to the balcony that was on the main lounge so I could look down. We got to breakfast about 7 and there was no sign of the box lunches.
Lobby Old Faithful Inn

Lobby Old Faithful Inn


We had the buffet breakfast which is served from 6:30 am till 10:30 am. - J ate more than I did, but he was listed as a child for $5.95 whereas I was charged $11.50 as an adult.
Taking a picture of his breakfast

Taking a picture of his breakfast


He had bacon, sausage, potatoes and eggs, and I had bacon, oatmeal with raisins and some fruit.
My $11.50 breakfast

My $11.50 breakfast


We did eventually get our lunches which had a sandwich, a drink, chips (mine didn't have the chips), a box of raisins, and a cookie.
Clock on the fireplace

Clock on the fireplace


We waited in the designated area of the lobby, watching the comings and goings of the various tour groups. There was a little clockwork sculpture that sat in the lobby and seemed to have no function (it wasn't a clock).
Moving sculpture in the lobby

Moving sculpture in the lobby


The round thing at the top rotates back and forth. Just an interesting clockwork type thing. I had made a dinner reservation but the earliest I could get was 8:45. I heard a lady say she had canceled her 7:30 reservation, so I went and switched mine to 7:30.

J was taking photos with his phone and trying to send them, but the signal was so bad that he just ran his phone down - a phone that normally lasted a week, had to be charged every night. He also does not have a watch and uses his phone as a time piece. I remember when we were here in 1948 that my dad got a list of the geysers and possible times of eruption - this time there was only this clock at the front desk and it did not seem to be very accurate.
Old Faithful Geyser schedule at the front desk

Old Faithful Geyser schedule at the front desk


We sat there until our guide came and he said he needed our ticket. When we checked in, nothing was said about a ticket, so I had to go over to the desk and get one. Meanwhile, J went out to take more photos of Old Faithful.
Old Faithful

Old Faithful


Since I was so long getting the tickets, I did not get a front seat in the bus to take photos. We sat on the left side of the bus. As we drove out, I saw that my trunk lid was wide open on my rental car. I do not know why. I knew it was the right car because the ranger at the entrance had given us a hang tag warning not to get too near to bison, and I could see that hanging there. There was nothing IN the trunk, and I couldn't do anything but hope that someone would close it if it rained. It was closed when we got back. If I did not have a photo of it open, I would think that I had imagined it.
Open Trunk of my rental car

Open Trunk of my rental car


On the way to pick up some more people for the tour, we went by Kepler Cascades again and this time I got out to take some pictures.
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Kepler Cascades

Pennies that people have thrown on rock

Pennies that people have thrown on rock


They were named for a 12 year old son of Wyoming's Territorial governor, and they were a favorite stop on early tours of Yellowstone.
River downstream from cascades

River downstream from cascades


There was a man with a bad leg sitting behind the driver so he could stick his leg out into the aisle, and I asked if I could sit next to him and that way I could sometimes get shots out of the front window.
My view from behind the driver

My view from behind the driver


Later I moved over to an empty seat on the right side of the bus - everything interesting seemed to be on the right.
Shoshone Lake

Shoshone Lake


After the Kepler Cascades, we picked up the people from Grant.
Grant Lodge

Grant Lodge


At Grant the visitor's center has information on Fire in Yellowstone. I went in to look at the gift shop but didn't buy anything.
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Entrance and Small gift shop inside


Bus waiting for people at Grant

Bus waiting for people at Grant


Then we went back to West Thumb to go over toward Yellowstone Lake. We didn't have time to stop at the West Thumb thermal area and J and I didn't get back to it, but that was one of the few ones that we missed.

The driver guide told us that there were three main kinds of trees (all conifers because it is the taiga biome). The most common is the Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta). The other two are Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) but they are in the minority. These are darker denser looking trees
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Lodgepole pine and Spruce (Spruce is the darker tree)


and need shade to get started. Lodgepole pine needs sun, and the lower branches die off when the upper ones shade them. So the climax forest of Yellowstone is spruce and fir. There is also some aspen, which has the white bark, but when the elk and deer eat the bark, it grows back darker.

The trees never rot, so they stay standing but dead until something causes them to fall down, and then they just lie there. We could see this from the plane coming in. The guide explained that in this area there were no bacteria to decay the wood. He said that the last big forest fire was 1988 and that the lodgepole pines that make up the majority of the forest had two kinds of cones - one kind is only "activated" by fire. So after a fire, these cones automatically reseed the area.
Road leaving Grant -dead trees not rotted

Road leaving Grant -dead trees not rotted


It was hard to take photos of the trees from the bus although we both tried. I did get a good one of some dead trees where their needles had all turned red. It looked like an autumn scene on the east coast.
Dying trees - look like fall in the spring

Dying trees - look like fall in the spring


Next we had a stop at the Lake Hotel. It's a completely different architecture than anything else in the park and has a marvelous view.
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View from the hotel - Mountains between the trees


The driver/guide explained to us that the road used to follow the lake and the first view of the hotel was as you came out of the trees.
Lake Hotel through the trees

Lake Hotel through the trees


But the traffic was too much for that road, so now the first approach is from the back looking at all the fire escapes, outbuildings, parking lots and garbage bins.
Current entrance to the Lake Hotel

Current entrance to the Lake Hotel

Cabins near the Lake Hotel

Cabins near the Lake Hotel


Although it doesn't look like it, this hotel is actually older than the Old Faithful Inn as it was built in 1891. It's not rustic hotel.
Lake Hotel

Lake Hotel


The original hotel, built for a the Northern Pacific Railroad was a large three-story structure described as 'barracks like' with projecting bays at each end. The architect of the Old Faithful Inn, Robert Reamer, redesigned the hotel in 1903 - adding the ionic columns, extending the roof in three places, and adding the 15 false balconies,
Facade of the Lake Hotel

Facade of the Lake Hotel


which prompted it to be known for several years as the "Lake Colonial Hotel." A number of further changes by 1929, including the addition of the dining room, porte-cochere, and sunroom as well as the refurbishing of the interior. After it was refurbished it was put on the National Register of Historic Places.

At the rest stop here, J. went down and took some photos of the lake
edge of lake

edge of lake


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Left his photo - Right my photo of him taking photos from the Lake Hotel


and mountains beyond. Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake at high elevation in North America. It is a natural lake, situated at 7,733 ft. above sea level. It is roughly 20 miles long and 14 miles wide with 141 miles of shoreline. It is frozen nearly half the year. It freezes in late December or early January and thaws in late May or early June.
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Bus at the Lake Hotel and License plates


There was a large chance of snow or rain later in the day so the guide wanted us to make as many stops as possible, so the next place we went was Mud Volcano and Dragon Mouth Spring. But first we had a bison photo-op-stop.
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Unzoomed and zoomed Bison on the slope


While over 60 different kinds of mammals live in Yellowstone, most of what we saw were the Bison. We stopped for Bison Photo Ops four different times on the day of the Ring of Fire trip. Yellowstone is the only place in the United States where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times. The two large herds are one of the few herds free of cattle genes.

The bison is the largest land mammal in North America. Males (bulls) weigh up to 2,000 pounds, females (cows) weigh up to 1,000 pounds.A bison can run more than 30 miles per hour and also pivot quickly, so don't count on them being slow and clumsy.
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First stop- zoomed shot of bison grazing


A bull’s head is wider and shaped more like a triangle than the female bison; its “forehead” fur is much thicker, as is the fur on its forelegs; and its beard is thicker. A bison’s massive hump is comprised of muscles supported by long vertebrae; this allows a bison to use its head as a snowplow in winter, swinging side to side to sweep aside the snow. A cow’s horns are slightly more curved and slender than a bull’s. In addition, a cow’s shoulders are narrower than its hips while a male’s shoulders are broader than its hips.

If you see a calf nursing - it's probably a female :)

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Danger sign on the bottom of a map


Although most of the time I didn't do a lot of the trails, in this case, I went up to the
Mud Volcano

Mud Volcano


Dragon's Mouth

Dragon's Mouth


because that was a short trail and was reportedly - handicapped accessible..
Steam coming off of hot mud

Steam coming off of hot mud


My grandson did the half-mile upper loop trail
The walkway up to the Upper Loop Trail

The walkway up to the Upper Loop Trail


Mud Pot

Mud Pot

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Mud volcano trail


via Sour Lake and the Black Dragon's Caldron with the guide.
Fumerole

Fumerole


Also in the area was the Sulphur Caldron which can be viewed from a staging area just north of Mud Volcano. The Sulphur Caldron is among the most acidic springs in the park with a pH of 1.3. Its yellow, turbulent splashing waters also there is a large, active mudpot.

There are several major hazards in Yellowstone. One is the animals,
We did not see any bears

We did not see any bears


one is the hot water in the thermal springs. There are also hazards due to breaking through the thin crust over the hot internal features.
Dangerous Ground

Dangerous Ground


You see those signs everywhere. The National Park Service has the following warning on their website: Scalding Water Can Ruin Your Trip. Yellowstone's thermal features, rare among the earth's wonders, are extremely fragile. Boardwalks and trails protect you and preserve delicate formations. You must stay on boardwalks and designated trails. Scalding water underlies most of the thin, breakable crust.
Sign warning you to Stay On Walk

Sign warning you to Stay On Walk


Pools may be near or above the boiling temperature and can cause severe, possibly even fatal, burns. Keep your children close to you at all times; make sure they understand the danger. Pets are prohibited in thermal areas. Swimming or bathing in thermal pools or streams, where water flows entirely from a thermal spring or pool, is prohibited. Where swimming is allowed, swim at your own risk. Thermal waters may contain organisms know to cause infections and/or amoebic meningitis, which can quickly be fatal.

We got back on the bus
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River meanders


Next was the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone which J. particularly wanted to see. The bus let us off and walked part way up.
I would have made the donation but the box was empty - there was nothing to buy

I would have made the donation but the box was empty - there was nothing to buy


The Yellowstone Grand Canyon isn't the same as the other bigger one in Arizona, and the part that most people photograph are the falls.. This Grand Canyon is of a size to be a bit more comprehensible for a mere human. The river has eaten away at the rock and eroded its way down to a canyon that can be 900 feet down
Down toward the bottom

Down toward the bottom


and measures a half mile across.
Looking across - probably at Inspiration Point

Looking across - probably at Inspiration Point


It is roughly 20 miles long - carved out by the Yellowstone River - it isn't the result of glaciation.
Red and yellow colors 2010

Red and yellow colors 2010

1948

1948


The red and yellow colors are caused when the schist in the rock is oxidized by the water and air - the canyon is rusting.
Upper Falls in 2010

Upper Falls in 2010

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Upper falls and Bridge from upper falls

We did both the Upper Falls and then Artists Point to see the Lower Falls. Yellowstone is full of waterfalls. The Upper Falls and Lower Falls are the ones most people think of when they think waterfalls in Yellowstone. But there are many other falls and cascades in the park many easily accessed from the road, such as Firehole Falls, Gibbon Falls, Kepler Cascades, Lewis Falls, Moose Falls, Rustic Falls, and Undine Falls.

It seems illogical to me that you can't take photos of both falls from the same point. I think my dad tried but did not succeed. Because the canyon bends between the Upper and Lower falls, there is no location on land where they can be seen at the same time. The park service says that the Upper Falls is upstream of the Lower Falls (which makes sense) and is 109 ft. high. It can be seen from the Brink of the Upper Falls Trail and from Uncle Tom's Trail.
Sign showing canyon map

Sign showing canyon map

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone 1948- Lower Falls

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone 1948- Lower Falls

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Lower Falls

Lower falls zoomed

Lower falls zoomed


The Lower Falls is 308 ft. high and can be seen from Lookout Point, Red Rock Point, Artist Point, Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and from various points on the South Rim Trail. The Lower Falls is often described as being more than twice the size of Niagara, although this only refers to its height and not the volume of water flowing over it. The volume of water flowing over the falls can vary from 63,500 gal/sec at peak runoff to 5,000 gal/sec in the fall. My pictures were taken on the south rim near Artists Point.
Bus waiting for us

Bus waiting for us


We stopped for lunch at Canyon Village.
My sandwich

My sandwich


Yellowstone is a huge park and so the Park Service has several different visitor's centers distributed throughout the park. Each one is a little different in orientation so you could go to all of them. At Canyon J had already eaten his lunch so he went through the museum and took photos of the exhibits
Pictures of animals

Pictures of animals

Samples of various kinds of Yellowstone rocks

Samples of various kinds of Yellowstone rocks

Map of Lake Yellowstone - West Thumb at bottom

Map of Lake Yellowstone - West Thumb at bottom

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Three eruptions and the relative volume of each - the little red square is the amount of volume of Mt. St. Helens


and bought some souvenirs. I ate my lunch in the bus.

We saw a lot more bison in Hayden valley.
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Field of bison

Lying down at second stop- chewing cud

Lying down at second stop- chewing cud


Hayden Valley is a large, sub-alpine valley along the Yellowstone River between Yellowstone Falls and Yellowstone Lake. The valley is well known as one of the best locations to view wildlife in Yellowstone. Mostly what we saw was bison although some people said they saw elk and other animals. The Hayden Valley was once filled by an arm of Yellowstone Lake. and it contains fine-grained lake sediments that are now covered with glacial till left from the most recent glacial retreat 13,000 years ago.
Bison and calf by marshy area

Bison and calf by marshy area


Because the glacial till contains many different grain sizes, including clay and a thin layer of lake sediments, water cannot percolate readily into the ground. This is why the Hayden Valley is marshy and has little encroachment of trees.
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Cyclist - Waiting for the road to open


Then we went through a construction area which had one way traffic and we could have been held for up to half a hour, but we hit it right and went all the way through.

We stopped at Madison
You are Here

You are Here


and saw the old White buses with the fabric tops.
Canvas top of the bus

Canvas top of the bus

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Old White bus


Their visitor's center also has a Junior Ranger Station. We saw more bison and my grandson has photos of elk.
Third stop - drinking and bathing

Third stop - drinking and bathing

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ELK

Rushing river

Rushing river

We drove down Firehole Canyon drive
This is a feature on the Firehole River that the driver told us about, but I can't remember what it was called

This is a feature on the Firehole River that the driver told us about, but I can't remember what it was called

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Bank of the Firehole River

Gibbon Falls

Gibbon Falls


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Nursing calf - last bison stop

Bison nursing

Bison nursing


and our last stop was Lower Geyser Basin.
Fountain Paint Pot sign

Fountain Paint Pot sign


J. went all around the Fountain Paint Pot trail with the guide
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Rust colored algae

Rust colored algae

Blue thermal pool

Blue thermal pool

Fountain Paint Pots

Fountain Paint Pots

large_100_6135.jpgMud pot

Mud pot

Dried white mud

Dried white mud

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and was able to see all four kinds of thermal features - mud pots, hot springs, fumaroles, and steam vents - and of course geysers.
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My view of Flats and dead trees


I sat at the beginning of the trail and people watched and bird watched.
Group across the mud flats

Group across the mud flats

Crow walking in the parking lot

Crow walking in the parking lot


Note: I picked this date to go to Yellowstone because it was the beginning of the season with less visitors than in the middle of the summer.
Grandson's picture Old Faithful

Grandson's picture Old Faithful


We got back in time for the people from Grant to see an eruption of Old Faithful before the bus took them back. Our guide did a very good job - and we found out when we got back that we were his first tour. When we got back, the car trunk lid was shut.

J did some more trails around the hotel -

Castle Geyser

Castle Geyser

River bank

River bank

Fountain

Fountain

Hot reflections

Hot reflections

Ring around it

Ring around it

Reflections

Reflections

Hot pool

Hot pool

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Steaming vent

Steaming vent

Crested Pool

Crested Pool

Deep spring

Deep spring

Bubbler

Bubbler

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Mud balls


Scalloped Spring, and many others, and took a photo of a squirrel leaping up a hill. .
Leaping squirrel

Leaping squirrel


He came back in time for another eruption of Old Faithful.
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Old Faithful


When I parked near the East Wing, I tended to go in the side door. If I was in the lobby, I would walk to the stairs near our room and climb one set of stairs and then rest or take some photos and then do the rest of the climb to the third floor instead of making the trek to the elevator. If I was in the room, I would go down one flight and then walk across the breezeway and then go down another flight to the lobby. The lobby is amazing. It is almost impossible to do it justice in a picture.

We went down to dinner before 7:30
Crowd waiting for dinner from the balcony

Crowd waiting for dinner from the balcony

Close-up of the balcony woodwork

Close-up of the balcony woodwork


and they gave us a beeper.
Looking up in the foyer

Looking up in the foyer


Drinking fountain chiseled from rock

Drinking fountain chiseled from rock

Side of the Fireplace

Side of the Fireplace


Dinner is served from 5:00 pm till 10 pm but there are so many people here that the restaurant is just about always crowded and there are people waiting. If you don't make your reservation when you make your room reservation, there probably won't be any places for dinner before 8:30 or 9 pm even in early June when the park isn't completely over-run yet.
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Fire with Old Faithful silhouetted on fire screen


We ate in the old part of the dining room and it was very atmospheric - i.e. it was so dark I couldn't read the menu.
Dining Room

Dining Room


They gave us three rolls (this is a family joke between my husband and myself - he always wonders which of us gets the third roll). My grandson decided to get the buffet which was probably a good idea and cost effective for him as he was still a child according to their rules. He had prime rib, wings and salad.
Prime rib from the buffet

Prime rib from the buffet


But I wasn't really very hungry and I thought the buffet was too expensive for a not-too-hungry person, so I had the
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Spinach salad and Chicken pasta


but I didn't like either of them much.

Afterward we went to the gift shop and my grandson bought some souvenirs
Gift shop at the Old Faithful Inn

Gift shop at the Old Faithful Inn

100_4814.JPGTIny marble mug $3.00 and Mini bobblehead $6.99

TIny marble mug $3.00 and Mini bobblehead $6.99

Key rings with spinners - $6.99 each

Key rings with spinners - $6.99 each

Posted by greatgrandmaR 19:44 Archived in USA Tagged hot_springs falls pine geysers bison taiga mud_pots fumaroles steam_vents Comments (7)

The Dimmed Glory of Morning Glory Pool

Checking out and Flying Back


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Saturday 12 June 2010

I thought we might go and have breakfast and then check out of the hotel, but J said we should just check out and eat breakfast at the store, which he had noticed had omelets on the menu. He likes them better than scrambled eggs. So we packed up and he made two trips to the car with luggage, and I went down to check out.
Luggage Boy

Luggage Boy


I asked the man at the desk if there was a map of the trails and he said there was but it was 50 cents. So I bought one. I mean - I can afford 50 cents.
Trail map

Trail map


I asked where the temporary Visitor's Center was and could I drive to it and he said no but it was just 300 yards. But when J. got to the car (after taking more pictures of Old Faithful)
100_6227.JPGOld Faithful

Old Faithful


he said that there was a parking lot right next to it. So we drove over there
692012884910767-Sign_outside..ional_Park.jpgSign outside the Old Faithful Visitor's Center and Map

Sign outside the Old Faithful Visitor's Center and Map

Old Faithful explanation

Old Faithful explanation

Dangerous Ground signs are ubiquitous

Dangerous Ground signs are ubiquitous


and I got my passport stamped. I also got a newer version of the document they give you that shows all the locations. She didn't want to give it to me because she said that there was only one to a family. There were dynamic exhibits for all ages about hydrothermal features. There were geyser eruption predictions including for Old Faithful eruptions. It would have been nice to have had that.

J wanted to go to Morning Glory Pool (I had showed him my dad's photos), but it was a 1.5 mile walk to get to it, and then of course he'd have to walk back. Just then, they said that Beehive Geyser (larger than Old Faithful - he has a picture of the little beehive part when it wasn't erupting) was going off and J ran out to get pictures of that.
284a56d0-c45b-11ea-919e-9f6ecc342125.JPGBeehive geyser from the Old Faithful Visitor's Center

Beehive geyser from the Old Faithful Visitor's Center


When he got back, we tried to find our way to the Store to have breakfast, but we were confused by the signs and found ourselves at Black Sand Basin instead.
Black Sand Basin sign

Black Sand Basin sign

100_6237.JPGSteam coming off hot water

Steam coming off hot water


I asked him if he was hungry and he said, "not really". So we found a parking place after circling the lot twice. There were a lot of fishermen parked there. We parked by one of them and I asked them if the thermal springs that drained into the river made it warm, and they said no it didn't - that it was still cold. Snow melt I guess.
4910759-My_grandson_Yellowstone_National_Park.jpgGrandson taking a photo

Grandson taking a photo

J went up to see
598b2260-c45b-11ea-ba9b-190934781087.JPGDanger Thermal Area

Danger Thermal Area


Cliff Geyser
Cliff geyser

Cliff geyser


Iron springs creek

Iron springs creek


J crossing Iron Springs Creek

J crossing Iron Springs Creek


Bubbling mud holes

Bubbling mud holes


Emerald pool

Emerald pool


Emerald Pool
Emerald pool bubbling

Emerald pool bubbling


and
100_6274.JPGRainbow pool

Rainbow pool


Rainbow Pool
3fa30de0-c45b-11ea-ba9b-190934781087.JPGGreen spring

Green spring


Opalescent pool

Opalescent pool


and I just went as far as the bridge
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and took pictures of the river and the
Field of yellow monkey flower

Field of yellow monkey flower

The plants at Yellowstone, in addition to the three kinds of trees include various paintbrush type flowers (which we either didn't see or didn't photograph), and the
Yellow Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttastus)

Yellow Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttastus)


622988865810099-Tiny_flowers..ional_Park.jpgTiny flowers

Tiny flowers

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Leaving aside the question of whether bacteria are animals, plants or something else, the colors that one sees at the edges of the hot springs where they run off are caused by mats of bacteria. These bacteria can live in water that is almost boiling although the deeper water is clear. If I see colors on the banks of rivers,
1242aaa0-c478-11ea-ad59-13e6db04cded.JPGColorful bacteria as hot water flows to the river

Colorful bacteria as hot water flows to the river


I know that that is bacteria in the water where there is hot water run-off.

Then I stood in line for the bathroom.
From the Black Sand Basin parking lot

From the Black Sand Basin parking lot

There was a trail there which (on the map I bought) looked like it would go down to Morning Glory Pool and J really wanted to see that. He would start at Old Faithful and end up at Black Sand. I wasn't too sure about that, and I certainly wasn't going to let him do it without breakfast, so we went back and ate.
472141194888768-My_breakfast..ional_Park.jpgMy breakfast (left), and His {Cheese omelet, sausage, hash browns, toast $8.15}

My breakfast (left), and His {Cheese omelet, sausage, hash browns, toast $8.15}


I bought J a book on the thermal features with pictures and the descriptions done by early travelers.

He said he would take him about a hour. I said he had to take the maps - he didn't think he would need them, but I insisted. His photos from the trail:
Lion geyser group eruption

Lion geyser group eruption

100_6288.JPGCastle geyser eruption and run-off

Castle geyser eruption and run-off

Grotto geyser steaming

Grotto geyser steaming

100_6315.JPGGrotto geyser

Grotto geyser

Spa geyser

Spa geyser

Steam from 3 geysers

Steam from 3 geysers

Mortar geyser

Mortar geyser

Spiteful geyser

Spiteful geyser

Morning glory pool in 2010

Morning glory pool in 2010

100_6319.JPGComet geyser

Comet geyser

large_100_6320.JPGPunch bowl spring

Punch bowl spring

Bacteria mat

Bacteria mat

Elk track

Elk track

Black sand pool

Black sand pool

Path

Path

I hung around the Old Faithful area a little bit and then went back to Black Sand Basin to worry about whether he would find his way there. About an hour later he came down the path and got in the car. He said that there was one place he had needed the map where there was a fork in the trail, but otherwise it was clear which way to go. He had seen Spa Geyser and Spiteful Geyser and of course Morning Glory Pool.

I have a lot of memories of the western trip we took in 1948. One of the most outstanding of memories was of Yellowstone, and one of the places that I liked best was Morning Glory pool. The pool was named by Mrs E. N. McGowan, wife of Assistant Park Superintendent, Charles McGowan in 1883. She called it "Convolutus", the Latin name for the morning glory flower, which the spring resembled.
Morning Glory pool 1948

Morning Glory pool 1948


In those days, we were told that if you threw a dirty handkerchief (a cloth one - not a Kleenex) into the beautiful clear blue pool it would come out clean and white.

My grandson's pictures show that it is surrounded by an orange and yellow bacteria mat. Several entryways have been clogged due to objects being thrown in by tourists, reducing the hot water supply, and in turn altering the overall appearance of the pool. So it is probably as well that I just have my father's pictures to enhance my memory, and didn't go see it this time.

Our next stop was Midway Geyser Basin where we had not stopped at the day before.
Midway Geyser Basin

Midway Geyser Basin

100_4887.JPGSteam from a distance

Steam from a distance


He went up to the Grand Prismatic Spring that the guide had told us about.
Turquoise pool

Turquoise pool

Opal spring

Opal spring

Streaming trails

Streaming trails

100_6344grandprismaticJPG.JPGGrand prismatic spring

Grand prismatic spring

Excelsior geyser

Excelsior geyser

Rangers

Rangers


Rangers from my perspective

Rangers from my perspective


I kept calling it Charismatic Spring. Here again, I just went to the bridge.
Trees with white bottoms

Trees with white bottoms


Bridge abutments

Bridge abutments


The previous day we had been on Firehole River Drive. So today we drove along Firehole Lake Drive
Along Firehole Lake Drive

Along Firehole Lake Drive

Firehole spring

Firehole spring

A hot blue pool

A hot blue pool


We saw
Surprise Pool

Surprise Pool

100_6380blackwarriorlake.JPGBlack warrior lake

Black warrior lake


and then there was a big group of people parked for something, so he went over there to photograph that.
White dome geyser

White dome geyser

White dome geyser

White dome geyser

Coming back after photographing White Dome Geyser

Coming back after photographing White Dome Geyser


100_6361.JPGGreat fountain geyser

Great fountain geyser

100_6385.JPGSteady geyser

Steady geyser

Hot cascades

Hot cascades


On the way out there was a sign that said Keep Left
Keep Left

Keep Left


which he thought was amusing. We saw some more bison and then there were elk that were close enough for me to photograph.
5810201-Elk_Yellowstone_National_Park.jpgElk

Elk

Elk wading across the river

Elk wading across the river


There was a sign about a trumpeter swan nesting area
Trumpeter Swan sign

Trumpeter Swan sign


and sure enough there were swans,
905904795810204-Trumpeter_sw..ional_Park.jpgTrumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan


and also a great blue heron.
Great blue heron

Great blue heron


We came out of the park after two days without computer access, and checked into our motel - one of three Best Western Motels in West Yellowstone.
Front of the Best Western

Front of the Best Western


They had free wi-fi. We dumped our stuff in our room. I wanted to get something for lunch where I didn't have to get out of the car. So we went through the KFC drive-through and got some mac and cheese (comfort food) ,
KFC's Colonel

KFC's Colonel


and then went back to the room
4868028-Back_of_the_hotel_West_Yellowstone.jpgBack of the hotel and our room's No Smoking sign

Back of the hotel and our room's No Smoking sign


and immediately to reading email (me) and posting photos (my grandson).
798120034868016-TV_and_mirro..ellowstone.jpgInside our room

Inside our room

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As far as I can remember, I have never been to the state of Idaho. So I wanted to make a little jaunt over there, just so I could say that I had been. From our hotel it would only have been about 9 miles down US 20 to the state line. Our rental car even had an Idaho license. Some of Yellowstone National Park is in Idaho, but it is the southeast corner and not accessible by road from inside the park. But in the end, I didn't go - no time and especially - no energy.
Flowers outside the room

Flowers outside the room

Town street

Town street


Finally about 7:30 I decided that we should go to dinner. I drove around the restaurant area and finally said - the next parking place I see, we will eat near there. And I found a parking place in front of the playhouse and went to eat at the Old Town Cafe across the street.
341735854871127-Restaurant_f..ellowstone.jpgRestaurant  and Drawing on the menu

Restaurant and Drawing on the menu


This was the only place not on the map and not mentioned in the AAA book. In spite of the lack of recommendations, the food was good.
332772204868030-Old_Town_Caf..ellowstone.jpgOld Town Cafe and Inside

Old Town Cafe and Inside


Huckleberry BBQ sauce

Huckleberry BBQ sauce


I had the soup and salad bar and huckleberry ice cream.
4871128-My_salad_bar_West_Yellowstone.jpgMy salad bar and Huckleberry Ice cream

My salad bar and Huckleberry Ice cream


My grandson also had the salad bar
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and a
Giant Chicken fried steak

Giant Chicken fried steak


I ate some of his green beans which he didn't care for.

Then back to the motel to do more picture uploading and email. I was going to mail some stuff home, but realized it was Saturday and tomorrow the PO wouldn't be open.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

We had breakfast about 7:30. There were hot breakfast biscuits, cold cereal, and various pastries and beverages.
Breakfast

Breakfast


Breakfast buffet

Breakfast buffet


My grandson thought this was a funny sign
Do Not Put Eggs in Microwave

Do Not Put Eggs in Microwave


We left the motel about 9 to get gas in the car and go to the airport. Horror - I can't find my Visa card. I paid for the gas with the Master card - I went 166 miles and it took 5.1 gals of gas. Then I tore the car apart looking for the card.

Not there.

So I got out all my receipts and saw that I had paid for dinner last night with the card. Maybe I had stuck it in my pocket and it fell out. So I had my grandson call on his phone to the number on the receipt and they said it was in the safe. So we went and she gave it to me although she asked me for a photo ID first to be sure it was me.
Old town cafe

Old town cafe


Whew!!
Mountains from the airport

Mountains from the airport


Yellowstone airport

Yellowstone airport

4909954-Airport_doors_West_Yellowstone.jpgAirport doors and sign

Airport doors and sign


Turned the car in at the airport and decided to check two bags because they are such a nuisance to drag around an airport. Since I bought my tickets some time ago, it was $20 each.

The airport is so small that we checked the bags and the TSA security people were right there next to us.
Machine to scan pax

Machine to scan pax


My grandson went and took pictures of a little Army plane that was flying around.
Private plane

Private plane


West Yellowstone’s airport is THE closest airport to Yellowstone Park. WYS is the 8th largest of Montana’s 121 airports. It is one of the ten smoke jump bases for USFS Interagency Fire Control. Primarily the airport serves private pilots.
4909953-Old_airline_logo_West_Yellowstone.jpgAirlines logos

Airlines logos

Blue Angels poster

Blue Angels poster

grandson looking at a map

grandson looking at a map


Our plane was to board at 11:10 and get to SLC after 1300, and they would not give us anything except peanuts, so I thought maybe we should get lunch. There was a little place there called the Smoke Jumpers Cafe (named for the Smoke Jumpers)
Smoke Jumper's Cafe

Smoke Jumper's Cafe


and he said he was still doing breakfast, but he could do mozzarella sticks or hamburger. So I had the hamburger and my grandson had the cheese.

Parmesan sticks

Parmesan sticks

We just barely finished when they started boarding the flight.
Gate sign for the only gate

Gate sign for the only gate

816263174858275-One_gate_at_..ellowstone.jpgOne gate at the airport

One gate at the airport

4868031-Boarding_ladder_West_Yellowstone.jpgBoarding ladder and Airport vehicles

Boarding ladder and Airport vehicles


Our plane

Our plane


On the landing Strip

On the landing Strip


Meandering river

Meandering river


Trees

Trees


On the way out, the pilot did a flyover of the park
Flyover of the park

Flyover of the park


and we went right over Midway Geyser Basin. It was a little hard to keep the camera steady to take photos, but we got some.
Midway Geyser Basin

Midway Geyser Basin

large_41b2b760-c484-11ea-a4b6-3f0a2985ccdb.JPGCloseup of Grand Prismatic Spring

Closeup of Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring on the left

Grand Prismatic Spring on the left

large_100_4983.JPGAnother of Grand Prismatic Spring

Another of Grand Prismatic Spring

Road and a lake

Road and a lake

Even my grandson was interested - he didn't like flying and was not happy with the bouncy little plane, and slept some on the flight (which was pretty smooth really except for the take-off over the mountains etc.)

Even though we were late leaving, we landed in SLC on time about 1300. They got me a wheelchair and the wheelchair man pushed me out gate E and up the elevator to the main level. There were three wheelchair guys - one from Russia, one from Mexico and one from the US having a conference about it.

The electric cart came for me (and my grandson too) and we went all the way from gate E to gate A to get the AA flight.

They left me there at the gate. We had a considerable wait - 3 hours before we were to board. I gave my grandson some money to go get something to eat. He tried Quiznos which was right there by the gate but he couldn't get orange soda and they didn't have meatball subs, so he went farther afield. He came back and said there was S'barro and a pizza place and what did I want to eat. I said cheese calzone or something like that. He went back down there and said they only had spinach and sausage.
J's drink

J's drink


In exasperation, I said just to get me something and I would eat it. He came back with two pieces of cheese pizza.

There was free wi-fi in the airport so I used the computer and then I saw a plug under the window so I went over there and plugged in, but the light was too bright from the window for me to see the screen.

When it looked like there was a person behind the counter at our gate, I went and asked him something, and he changed our seats from 25 to 7. I did not know it, but 7 was the bulkhead row. This was NOT good as I was counting on having a seat in front of me to put my computer bag under.
AA plane

AA plane


I didn't hear them calling our flight, but we got on right at the end of the priority and first class. Not only were we in the bulkhead row, but over us was the emergency medical equipment so we had to put our stuff in the bins across the aisle. However we did have a 12V plug.
Taking off from Salt Lake City

Taking off from Salt Lake City


When we took off, I ate an apple that I stuck in my pocket from breakfast and put the core in the barf bag in the hard pocket on the bulkhead, but the plane bounced and it bounced out and rolled back behind us embarrassing my grandson.

The flight attendant gave me cranapple juice and I bought a cookie, but she charged me for 2 cookies. I would have said just to bring me another cookie, but she was off to give me a credit before I could say anything.

When the seat belt sign went off, I got my computer down - I did have the 12V cord. I didn't do email - I just edited photos.

We landed pretty much on time, and the wheelchair person picked us up and took us to baggage claim. My grandson didn't recognize his bag, because his pink neon thing he had on the handle was gone, but it still had a Delta name tag on it. My daughter picked us up and we went home.

After we got back from the Yellowstone part of the trip (June 9-13) we re-organized for a few days (and did laundry) and I unpacked the cold weather stuff, and unzipped the lining from my coat, and repacked with the snorkeling and warm weather stuff.

I also downloaded a lot of stuff from Ancestry for Phyllis (my grandson's other grandmother) and gave it to her along with what we found in Salt Lake

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