Travel by snow-coach

Trip Start Nov 07, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Sunday, December 23, 2012

We woke up early – again, 5:30, so that we could pack our cases, shower and be down in the restaurant for breakfast at 6:30 and have our bags in the lobby for transport to Old Faithful Snow Lodge. When we went over for a very nice breakfast buffet our hostess was very excited – her boyfriend Trevor was doing one of his first snow-coach runs and she wanted us to say hello to him for her if we saw him. So then it was back to the lobby to wait for our transport. It all seemed a little disorganised, none of the drivers showed up on time, when they did show up, they wandered in and out of the lobby looking for their passengers, and the first snow-coach didn't leave until around 8:00 a.m. - an hour after they were supposed to depart. Our snow-coach however, did not depart at anything like 8:00. We were missing a group of five people, who had booked and paid for their trip, but were not in the Mammoth Hotel, and had not shown up for their trip. As a result, it was not until after 8:30 that we were released by the dispatcher to depart. Our driver, Greg, was very funny, and he went out of his way to make sure that the trip was more than just a bus ride on the snow. We were provided with an ongoing commentary about Yellowstone, its hydrothermal features, the wildlife, unlikely stories, information about the snow-coach and so on. On those occasions that wildlife was spotted, Greg was more than happy to stop for pictures. As a result we ended up with some good pictures of bison, bald eagles and trumpeter swans. We stopped twice for toilet breaks and several other times for photographs, including the Gibson River Falls. As it turned out, we still beat our luggage to the snow lodge and were in our room in time for the luggage to be delivered by snow-mobile. We were disappointed to find out that most of the tour activities run by the snow-lodge were already booked out. However, we were happy to get our bags and settle into our room - one unit in a group of four located about 150 metres from the main lodge building. We have never seen powder snow so fine and dry, . It snowed on and off for the whole day, there was a considerable depth of snow everywhere, one careless step off the compacted snow could easily see you buried thigh or waist deep in snow. Once again, we had had a very long and tiring day. After dinner, it was time for sleep.
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