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Old 09-16-2012, 01:31 PM   #76
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We woke up at a decent hour on Saturday, packed up and hit the road. It's a couple miles of washboard from Eagle Creek down to Gardiner-


Another beautiful day! Looking south across the Yellowstone River into Yellowstone National Park-




Gardiner, Montana, with Wyoming in the background-




We're back in Yellowstone National Park-




Mammoth Hot Springs!


Mammoth Hot Springs Yellowstone General Store-


Mammoth Hotsprings covers a large area and has a big variety of features!


We began our hike from the boardwalk that begins near the Liberty Cap-


Kristhawee at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park-


Palette Spring-


The Devil's Thumb!




Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces-


Heat loving micro-organisms called Thermophiles create many of the colors-




The Minerva Terrace- Wow!


Looking back the way we came-


More colors and terraces-




Mount Spring-


Father and son at Mount Spring, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park


Mount Spring from a distance-


In the midst of all this heat and sulfur flowers and butterflies still survive-




Palette Spring-


This boardwalk just keeps going and going! It's a couple miles to the Upper Terrace Loop, but it was getting hot and we weren't in the mood to walk that far.




Kristhawee spotted some wild snap dragons- one of his favorite flowers


Back to the bike and ready to continue exploring Yellowstone National Park-
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:06 AM   #77
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From Mammoth Hot Springs we motor south on the Grand Loop Road in the direction of Old Faithful.


Still not sure what this sign was supposed to indicate...


We have friends from Minnesota who are on their way to Glacier National Park and are going to spend tonight in Yellowstone at the Grant Village Campground. We make plans to meet them for dinner at their campground. After the experience at Bridge Bay I'm not keen to spend another night in a Xanterra corporate camp, so we're aiming for Lewis Lake which is only ~15 minutes south of Grant Village.


It's only ~75 miles from Mammoth Hot Springs to Lewis Lake, but it's slow going on the Grand Loop Road, with a few wildlife induced traffic jams, slow RV's struggling up steep grades and other nonsense. These roads would be awesome in the off season, but today we just potter along in traffic. That's ok- the views are awesome!


I think this is Gibbon Falls-


Despite the traffic it's a pleasant ride and we pass some great scenery.


While there is so much to see we don't stop as Lewis Lake is first come first serve and I worry about us finding a spot to camp if we arrive late in the day.

Damn RV blockin my line


We reach Madison Junction in good time-


The road follows the beautiful Firehole River-


We pass the Midway Geyser Basin and Grand Prismatic Spring- one could easily spend a month in Yellowstone and still not see everything. Still I like to think that we hit most of the top spots.


Caught a glimpse of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake as we approached Grant Village-


Yellowstone National Park connects to Grand Teton National Park to the south and Jackson Hole isn't very far away-




We're almost at Lewis Lake when we encounter another wildlife induced traffic jam, this one caused by a big bull elk who is not shy in the least-


The traffic slowly moves past, everyone stopping to take pictures of the mighty elk- not even the noise of these Harleys phased this critter-


So close we could have reached over and petted him! Kristhawee was mighty impressed by this beautiful animal-


Movin again!


We made it to Lewis Lake!


The Walk-In campsites were all taken, but we found a pretty decent spot in the C loop-


While not quite as nice as the Tower Falls campground on account of the sites being closer together, Lewis Lake also had a size restriction on RV's, no hook-ups and no generators allowed- perfect!


Little guy wants to fish!


Let's go!
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:00 AM   #78
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hope that he makes a catch this time he he he

Still enjoying your adventure...
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:21 AM   #79
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Not for lack of trying, but still no fish

Lewis Lake Ranger Station-


I think I mentioned earlier that Yellowstone has some pretty strict rules for would be anglers- no live bait and no barbed hooks make it tough for even the most seasoned fishermen. I was tempted to break the rules but there's no place in the park that even sells live bait... Ah well, once again, if you can't catch em, swim with em!



Good god that was one incredibly cold lake!!!

We got out and found a nice place in the sun to warm up and have a picnic lunch-


Angry squirrel


It was late afternoon and time to go find our friends who were camping at the Grant Village campground about 10 miles north of us. Lewis Lake is lovely in the late afternoon sun-


By this time of the afternoon / early evening there's much less traffic and it was a fun little blast to Grant Village-


This road crosses the Continental Divide several times-


Just after the turn off to Grant Village there were a bunch of cars pulled over as there was a herd of elk just off the road-


We jumped off the bike and had a look at these beautiful animals-


Caught up with our friends and Kristhawee was happy to hang out with their son who is only a few months older and his little sister who is just a sweetie. I took my friend Jeremy to the General Store on the back of the Land Yacht- he'd never been on a motorcycle before. His wife wasn't too happy about it, but at least I brought him back in one piece

They cooked up a fantastic dinner and we hung out pretty late. Kristhawee wanted to "sleep over" and there were some tears when I finally dragged him out of their tent for the short ride back to our campground. But we'd be seeing them again soon in Glacier National Park, so he had that to look forward to.

We made plants to meet at Old Faithful bright and early the next morning in hopes of beating the crowds. Got back to our campground pretty late, brushed our teeth and I think we were asleep before our heads hit the pillows!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:45 AM   #80
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We woke up at the crack of dawn and it was flippin COLD! Kristhawee did NOT want to get out of his warm sleeping bag!







The temp gauge on the Land Yacht was showing 46 degrees!


Ah, those heated grips and heated seats certainly helped take the edge off


Lewis Lake was mirror smooth and beautiful in the dawn sun-


We had the road all to ourselves at this hour and made good time-


In the 30 miles from Lewis Lake to Old Faithful we cross the continental divide three times-


Fantastic road at this time of the morning- some great curves around Craigs Pass-


Arriving at Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:56 AM   #81
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We woke up at the crack of dawn and it was flippin COLD! Kristhawee did NOT want to get out of his warm sleeping bag!



LOL. Love this pic. Good report!
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:33 AM   #82
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What a great ride report.

I bought an older GL1500 to ride with my young sons and have really enjoyed it.
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46 degrees Fahrenheit
is less then 8 degrees Celcius, huuuh I can understand that Kristhawee didn't want to leave the sleeping bag

By the way as I understand you were very happy with the bike, did you have any problems whatsoever? How much did you pay for the bike? Did you keep the bike in the US somewhere or did you sell it again?

For the US and for the trip you had with Kristhawee it seemed to be the perfect choice.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:53 PM   #84
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is less then 8 degrees Celcius, huuuh I can understand that Kristhawee didn't want to leave the sleeping bag

By the way as I understand you were very happy with the bike, did you have any problems whatsoever? How much did you pay for the bike? Did you keep the bike in the US somewhere or did you sell it again?

For the US and for the trip you had with Kristhawee it seemed to be the perfect choice.
I got very lucky with the bike- the gentleman I bought it from took very good care of it. He had one of those garages that I dream about- every tool you could want and a floor so clean you could eat off it

He did most of the maintenance himself and kept very good records so I was pretty confident that it was mechanically sound when I bought it and it didn't give me any problems whatsoever during our tour.

My plan had been to sell it cheap at the end, but due to state budget cuts the DMV in Minnesota where I bought the bike STILL hasn't completed the title transfer Can't sell the bike without a title!

I called the DMV last week and they say they are just now starting to process June applications

So, no title, no sale. I ended up leaving the bike at a friend's house in Bellingham-

Come spring I might try to sell it, or I may just keep it...
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:27 PM   #85
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Hitting Old Faithful bright and early was a good plan! Nice and cool and no crowds!


It was wonderfully deserted at this early hour-


About to blow!




Old Faithful erupts more frequently than any of the other big geysers, although it is not the largest or most regular geyser in the park. Its average interval between eruptions varies from 60 - 110 minutes. An eruption lasts 1 1/2 to 5 minutes, expels 3,700 - 8,400 gallons (14,000 - 32,000 liters) of boiling water, and reaches heights of 106 - 184 feet (30 - 55m).

After watching Old Faithful erupt we wandered over to the rustic old lodge to warm up and grab some breakfast-

Kristhawee was diggin the rocking chair

Father and son at the Old Faithful Lodge, Yellowstone National Park-


We grabbed a table with a view-


This is the closest we got to a Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone


Old faithful is just one of many active hydrothermal wonders in the Upper Geyser Basin- let's go for a hike!


View from the far side of Old Faithful with the Old Faithful Inn in the background-


Infant Geyser-


Vault Geyser-


It's warming up quickly and off come the coats. Here is Kristhawee in front of the Teakettle Spring-


Teakettle Spring-


Pump Geyser was pretty cool-


A short vid of Pump Geyser bubbling away-


Sponge Geyser-


Some amazing colors created by thermophilic bacteria living in the hit acidic waters-


Doublet Pool-


A better look at the complex series of ledges, elaborate border ornamentation, and deep blue waters of Doublet Pool-


Amazing that grass can grow in these conditions-


Aurum Geyser-


This is a pretty long walk- Kristhawee is getting tired, but he wants to keep going. Good boy!
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:36 AM   #86
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We continue exploring the Upper Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park.

I'm glad we got up so early- It's wonderful to beat the crowds and have the place more or less to ourselves in July!


Ear spring-


Off in the distance Old Faithful erupts again-




So many hotsprings I lose track of their names-


Liberty Pool-


Kristhawee admiring Liberty Pool, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park-


We had the good fortune of seeing Grand Geyser erupt in spectacular fashion-


Grand Geyser is the tallest predictable geyser in the world but eruptions only occur once every 7 - 15 hours so we were quite lucky to see it blow! It is a classic fountain geyser and erupts from a large pool with powerful bursts rather than a steady column like Old Faithful. We hustled over for a closer look-

Kristhawee at Grand Geyser, Yellowstone National Park.

The Grand Geyser eruption finally ran out of steam


Not sure where Grand Geyser ends and Turban Geyser begins-


Nearby Belgian Pool-


Continuing towards the north section of the Upper Geyser Basin-


Economic Geyser-


Wave Spring-


Beauty Pool-




Chromatic Pool-


Where do these amazing colors come from?


Onwards!!
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We cross the Firehole River to reach Oblong Geyser-




Giant Geyser-






Father and son at the Giant Geyser, Yellowstone National Park-


Kristhawee at Mastiff and Giant Geysers-


Grotto Geyser-


Catfish Geyser was bubbling away-


Approaching Castle Geyser-




Shield Spring-


A bit of a slog back to the Old Faithful Inn-


We pass the Old Faithful General Store-


We cross a little stream and Kristhawee wants to know if it's hot... I tell him to stick his finger in and find out


The "Old House" section of the Old Faithful Inn was completed back in 1904 and is a National Historic Landmark.






Truth be told I find the Old Faithful Inn a bit creepy. Is this where they filmed The Shining??


Kristhawee in front of one of the giant stone fireplaces in the Old Faithful Inn-


Quite interesting architecture-


We spent about 5 hours exploring the Old Faithful Geyser Basin! So much to see! I'm really glad we went early and beat the heat and crowds.

Bye bye Old Faithful! See you again!
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We were running out of clean clothes so on the way back to Lewis Lake we stopped to do some laundry at Grant Village-


Kristhawee is a good helper -


What the heck, why not throw him in too!


We had a snack while we were waiting for the laundry and met a really cool couple who had ridden their bikes all the way from Alabama and were headed to Washington! Respect!


Stopped at the Grant Village General Store to grab some grub and admire some nice bikes-


We got back to our campsite at Lewis Lake just as it was starting to rain-
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I was pretty beat from getting up at the crack of dawn and exploring the Old Faithful Upper Geyser Basin, but Kristhawee wanted to play-


I eventually set him up with a movie on the iPad so that I could take a much needed nap. You can really see the "chemical peel" that started after our stay in Thermopolis in this pic-


Once the rain passed, the temperature really dropped. We bundled up and went fishing!


Lewis Lake looked stormy-


Think we'll catch anything this time??
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We hiked along Lewis Lake for a while-


Not a real trail- we had to cross a few obstacles -


We reached the outlet of Lewis Lake where it empties into the Lewis River- you can see the steam from a hot spring on the far shore-


Are we there yet dad??


Hiking along the shore, the water is crystal clear and very very cold-


The Lewis River-


I waded out to find a good spot to cast- little guy followed but wasn't too happy about the cold water-


Fishing on the Lewis River, Yellowstone National Park-


Kristhawee wants to give it a try-


Kristhawee fishing on the Lewis River, Yellowstone National Park-




He fished for a while but we weren't having any luck, so he headed back to shore-


I wandered around and discovered a hot spring on our side of the river-


It was nice and warm here- I told Kristhawee to come check it out-


It was warm, but it was also really muddy, or as Kristhawee likes to say SQUISHY!!


We mucked around in there for a while and the warm water felt great as it was still cold out-


Some cute little wood ducks paddled by-


It was getting late- time to head back to camp. Now this is what I call Quality Time!
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