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Bison by the road at Yellowstone Nat. Park

Upper Falls

Lower Falls and Canyon

Artist at "Artist Point"

Bison by the road - AGAIN

Mud Pot bubbling

Old Faithful Geyser

At Black Sand Basin

Mineral runoff

At Midway Geyser Basin

Along Firehole Lake Drive

Firehole Falls

Grand Tetons from Jackson Lake Lodge

The Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons from Jenny Lake

Inside the Chapel of the Transfiguration

Grand Tetons from Flagg Ranch RV Park

(Lots of pictures this time because it covers two National Parks)

Monday, August 16, 2010, we took the Jeep and headed toward the east gate of Yellowstone Nat. Park. It is a beautiful drive through the mountains and then after entering the Park there is a climb up into the mountains and back down to the huge Yellowstone Lake. The lake is about 12 miles wide and 20 miles long at the widest areas. The drive from the East Entrance to the first visitor center, Fishing Bridge, is 27 miles. We stopped at that visitor center and then headed north on the Eastern Loop road. We stopped at several viewing points and at Mud Volcano, Sulphur Caldron and then at an overlook to view the Bison Herd. The Park Ranger said there was a herd of about 2,300 Bison in the park and we must have seen most of them. They would occasionally stroll across the road, which would tie up traffic. We then arrived at the canyon area, which has many viewing areas of the Upper Falls, the Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Park. After those great views we continued on to Canyon Village and had a very late lunch at the Canyon Lodge snack bar and completed the area with a visit to the Visitor Center/Education Center. We had a full day and now a long drive back to the RV Park. That was interrupted by a 30-minute traffic delay cause by the Bison. The Bison were all over the road and the park rangers finally arrived and tried to persuade them to move. One big huge male walked right behind the Jeep. We finally made it back and had a late dinner at the RV Park restaurant.

Tuesday was moving day, we drove the RV through the East Entrance and then out the South Entrance and parked at the Flagg Ranch RV Park, about 4 miles south of Yellowstone Park. This park was convenient because it is located between Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks. The RV Park is in a Pine tree forest with full hook-ups but only 20-amp electrical service. That is not large enough to run the AC plus other items, but that was okay because it was cool enough that we did not need the AC.

Wednesday, we drove the Jeep back into Yellowstone, a quick stop at a small waterfall and a canyon and then we took the Western Loop Road. We stopped at Old Faithful Geyser Lodge for lunch and then joined the crowd to watch Old Faithful. She was about 15 minutes late and not quite as tall or as long lasting as we remembered her back in 2001, but still quite a show. We then continued on the Western Loop Road and visited several geyser basins and spring pools. Near the Madison Junction we took the Firehole Canyon Drive to visit a very pretty canyon and the Firehole Falls. We calculated that Old Faithful should blast off again about 5:15 pm so we headed back south to witness her again. We returned to the RV after a long day in Yellowstone Park.

Thursday, we took the Jeep and drove a few miles south of the RV Park and entered the Grand Teton National Park. We stopped at several locations for pictures of Jackson Lake and the beautiful mountains and then had lunch at the Jackson Lake Lodge. This was the lodge we had our overnighter back in 2001 when we were on the American Orient Express Train tour. We then continued south to Jenny Lake and then to the Chapel of the Transfiguration, which has a great view of the Grand Tetons Mountains through their pulpit window. From there, I just had to send a cell phone picture of the view to the daughters. We made this our turn around location and headed back north to our RV. That evening for our anniversary we ate dinner at the Flagg Ranch Lodge.

Friday, Aug. 20th (my birthday) we drove the RV south around Grand Teton Nat. Park via highway 89/191, down through the Jackson Hole Valley and into the tourist town of Jackson, WY. We parked the RV at the Virginian RV Park.

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