Sunday, September 15, 2013

2013 Western Trip – Yellowstone’s Lower Loop Part I

The day after Labor Day, we finally got serious about seeing Yellowstone, but before we did, I consulted with our campground neighbor who had been coming here regularly since the mid 70’s and worked in the park for three years.  He gave us the scoop on the places we could get the most bang for our buck beginning with a drive along the Firehole River Canyon.

Next we headed for the Lower Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pot which contained one of each type of thermal feature found in the park – geysers, colored hot springs, bubbling mudpots, and steaming fumaroles. Half of the world’s thermal features are in Yellowstone.

And as all visitors must, we next went to Old Faithful.

After a visit to the Old Faithful Inn, we headed for the West Thumb Geyser Basin and I'll pick up there on the next post.
It was an exciting day in the park and we got to see many wonders.

Photos best if enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


9/3/2013 event date


  1. You brought back lots of memories today. I had forgotten all about about the paint pot.

    The Old Faithful Inn is lovely inside. Might be fun to stay there sometime.

  2. Larry, We loved much for its abundant wildlife as for it's spectacular scenery. We thought that Old Faithful was just so so...a big crowd of folks standing and sitting around to watch a geyser when there are so many others in the park without the crowds... Travel Carefully, Big Daddy Dave and Laurie

  3. I recognize ALL of what you did on this day... Isn't Yellowstone just awesome? We spent 6 wonderful days there (including the Tetons) ---but could have stayed much much longer. Believe it or not--but we saw 20 different waterfalls IN Yellowstone... Think we saw about 36 total that entire trip.... We are truly waterfall-NUTS. ha

    P.S. Hope you had a good birthday. Sorry I missed saying something on Friday.

  4. I recognized so many of those photos. I love that place.

  5. Awesome....I'm taking notes for our trip next September. Insider info is always great!

  6. It's been so long since I visited Yellowstone. Great, great photos Larry. Glad you're enjoying the trip.

  7. I've always loved the Yellowstone area... such amazing beauty!!

  8. That is one big dude in your new header photo!

  9. Terrific photos, Larry. I'm so glad that you have been having nice weather for this trip.

  10. What a beautiful and interesting place to visit. I'm determined to visit one of these days soon. Love your photos, Larry.

  11. Thanks for the memories. We made the same circuit on our trip to Yellowstone last year. I enjoyed all of your photos.

  12. We went to Yellowstone a couple of years ago and it was one of the best family trips I've ever taken. It's truly the most amazing and beautiful place. Great photos Larry!

  13. I hope to go to Yellowstone in the next few years. Staying away from Jellystone though, they have pesky bears that steal your pic-a-nic basket and the ranger is a bit of a jerk ;)

    Now I'm off to google "bacteria mat". Sounds like the floors where we practice ju jitsu

  14. Stunning pictures! I literally can't wait to get out there :)! My family and I are taking one of these west coast tours next week which stops at Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Salt Lake. Any must see things to catch when out in Yellowstone? I know the geyser is a big one but anything out of the ordinary you can recommend?


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