Yellowstone National Park : 2002 US Roadtrip
Trip Start Jun 19, 2002
20Trip End Jul 26, 2002
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I entered Yellowstone through the east entrance and drove to Bridge Bay campsite.
On June 25th I drove to the Canyon of the Yellowstone. WOW! I did a ranger hike and then walked to Artist Point to view the waterfall.
At 1PM I took a drive through bison infested roads to arrive at Norris Geyser Basin. I took a 2 mile hike with a ranger and saw many hot springs and small geysers. Today I saw bison, ravens, osprey, deer, trout and pelicans.
On June 26th I visited Old Faithful area. I took a 2 1/2 mile hike around Old Faithful geyser basin. I saw many geyser..some erupting and some dormant. I watch Old Faithful erupt at 12:35 and 2:10PM. In between I enjoyed a Kodak photo seminar. From 2:30-5PM I drove NW to view Midway Geyser Basin, Black Sand Basin, Biscuit Basin, and then drove to Firehole Lake Drive. Within Old Faithful Basin I visited Geyser Hill, Grand Geyser, Castle Geyser and many, many more.
On June 27th I sat on a 2nd story patio at the Old Faithful Inn for most of the day and watched Old Faithful erupt four different times (four times!) as I further planned my trip.
On June 28th I set up a new campsite at Madison and then drove to Gatlin, Montana to go white water rafting. I sat in the front of the boat and had a blast riding class 3/4 rapids on this 10 mile trip that culminated with Mad Mile which included 8 consecutive wild rapids. At 9:30PM I went to a fascinating outdoor slide show on the stars and planets. At 11PM I got to look through 2 powerful telescopes. The 1st telescope focused on the 2nd star in the Little Dipper which was really 2 stars clumped together. The 2nd telescope displayed a bright image of Venus.
All in all I drove 480 miles in and around Yellowstone.