Monday, June 22, 2015

The Road to Bonnaroo, Day 3, Part 1 = Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Day 3 of our road trip to Bonnaroo, Tennessee, was so large of an undertaking that it needs to be divided into 3 sections (for my sanity as a blogger).  Here's Part 1, from waking up at our campsite to an unexpected rendezvous with friends at Old Faithful Geyser.

We got into the campsite after 10pm, in the rain, but Rob wasn't deterred.

Yours truly, staying warm during a selfie.

Breakfast being prepared before a big day in one of the largest national parks in the United States.

The park limits were about a mile north of our campsite.

The first lake we saw.

Lewis Lake

We would stay on the eastern side of the Continental Divide for the rest of our road trip, even though the watershed snaked through the park.

Sulfuric mud pool outside of West Thumb Geyser Basin

Rob with his GoPro, West Thumb Geyser Basin (edge of Yellowstone Lake).

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake with Absaroka Range beyond

Yellowstone Lake with Absaroka Range beyond

Yellowstone Lake with Absaroka Range beyond


Yellowstone Lake with Absaroka Range beyond

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Rob on the shores of Yellowstone Lake

Lehardy Rapids

Lehardy Rapids


Rob at Lehardy Rapids

Why is there a park ranger outside of his vehicle?

Because there are bison next to other vehicles!




Tourists very close to bison at the Dragon's Mouth Spring / Mud Volcano boardwalk.

Tourists very close to bison at the Dragon's Mouth Spring / Mud Volcano boardwalk.

Dragon's Mouth Spring


Dragon's Mouth Spring

Mud Volcano

Mud Volcano


Female bison and her calf

Bison family

Dragon's Mouth Spring / Mud Volcano boardwalk

Dozens of bison in the valley between Mud Volcano and Canyon Village.

Dozens of bison in the valley between Mud Volcano and Canyon Village.

Dozens of bison in the valley between Mud Volcano and Canyon Village.

Dozens of bison in the valley between Mud Volcano and Canyon Village.

Driving to Canyon Village

More bison

Upper Yellowstone Falls

Upper Yellowstone Falls

Upper Yellowstone Falls

Artist Point, Lower Yellowstone Falls

Lower Yellowstone Falls

Lower Yellowstone Falls

Lower Yellowstone Falls
Lower Yellowstone Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Lower Yellowstone Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

More bison!

Tourists about to be yelled at by a park ranger!

Old Faithful, shortly after an eruption (bad timing on our part).


Old Faithful Inn in the distance.

Tourist benches at Old Faithful.

Old Faithful, preparing for its next eruption.

Old Faithful Visitors Center

Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn, where we had lunch before viewing the eruption.

Standing at the back of the benches, awaiting action at Old Faithful.

Old Faithful


Wait for it...

Old Faithful

Old Faithful (getting very close to blowing its top).

Old Faithful

Here we go!

Weeeeeeee!

This was a rather short eruption (a couple minutes, compared to the 5 minute eruption before this one).

Still, quite a performance by nature.

"Dustin?" My godson's uncle, Uriel, saw me in the Old Faithful Visitors Center!  He just moved to Wyoming, and had to see Yellowstone since it was so close.  Small world!

Uri and his fiancee (Christa? Sorry!).

Coming up next = Part 2 of Day 3, featuring more of Yellowstone, and Part 3, featuring the Beartooth Highway along the Montana / Wyoming border.

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