Monday, June 29, 2009

Yellowstone Trip--Day 6 (May 22nd)

Our final full day in the park was reserved for all the thermal hot spots near Old Faithful. We got up much later than the previous days to soak in some of the surrounding area of our campsite. We took a walk near Madison river and watched some mountain bluebirds and an osprey trying to catch breakfast. We brokedown the tent and packed everything back in the car because this night we would be staying in the Old Faithful Inn.
Once we packed up we headed towards Grand Prismatic, it is one of the bigger thermal spotlights of Yellowstone. Unfortunately the area was closed due to some denning bears in the area. We only were able to see a few thermals from the outside area.

We drove a little further and watched some more thermals were I spotted a mountain bluebird close enough to get a shot.

Some yellow flowers added color to this boiling water in Biscuit Basin.

After about an hour of waiting, Old Faithful erupted.

Mel liked the eruption unlike the lady next to her.

We then ventured into the Old Faithful Inn and checked in. The lobby in this place is unbelievable, the pictures do it no justice.

The Inn had a second floor deck to sit on, enjoy the sun, and watch Old Faithful.

After checking in and taking some much need showers we decided to spend the last few hours of light looking for a moose in the park. It seemed to be the one animal that had escaped us the whole trip. We traveled south towards the Grand Tetons again. We stopped at some falls along the way like Moose Falls seen here .

Same falls but Mel and I jumped in to the shot.

The bridge just before the falls made a nice shot.

We did finally see a moose deep into the Grand Teton National Park just before the sun set. It was great talking to many different people to track one down.

We made our way back to the Inn and slept very well because we knew the next 2 days would be long with a lot of driving. One more day to blog and finally I will have the complete trip finished.

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