We flew into West Yosemite, Montana (check another state off the visit list) and shuttled into the park to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, our first overnight stay. The trip included everything, even gratuities. We were assigned a tour guide, and driver, who took us out every day. This park is so large that it would be impossible to see it all, but we hit all the highlights. Our first day out, we visited Old Faithful (across the parking lot) Old Faithful erupts every 90 minutes or so, and early in the morning the crowds are smaller.
|I didn't take this photo, since it's impossible to get an overhead shot.|
|This was our limo for the week|
|Day 2 had us out in the valleys, seeing Bison, and other animals.|
|Not the most attractive animals in the world|
|A trip to Cooke City, Montana and there is a Hoosier Bar (not open)|
|Can't imagine what it is like in the winter, since there is still snow on the high elevations in August.|
|Capturing a rainbow|
|Teddy Roosevelt loved Yellowstone, and camped somewhere near this place|
|Stagecoach ride; the kids on the top loved it!|
|The gate at Mammoth Hot Springs|
|Mammoth Hot Springs|
|More thermal pools|
|Our last day, we were treated to a ride in these 1937 buses that have been refurbished; it was a blast!|
We covered all the high spots in the park, and had a great time. We met people from all over the world, not only were they on our bus, but they worked in the restaurants, and hotels. Our weather couldn't have been better, in the mid to high 70's during the day and cooled down to the 40's at night. I highly recommend this trip: the wide open spaces, beautiful scenery and the opportunity to see an unspoiled wilderness were all highlights for us. This year the National Park Service is celebrating it's 100th anniversary, and we should all celebrate the fact that these beautiful parks have been preserved for all to enjoy.