Irene and I added to the geothermal activity
Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
41Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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We got a 10% discount on breakfast at the restaurant next door so went there to see what was on offer. They do a buffet breakfast
Anyway I am beginning to get the hang of american breakfasts and find it very easy to eat enough to keep me going all day. We did not eat until 10pm tonight and only just managed to get served - it stays light until about 9pm so is easy to forget about food when you are busy seeing all there is to be seen. We have yet to see a bear!
After a nice couple of hours shopping - I bought a new pair of sandals and left my old ones with the shop keeper. They had been mended a couple of times and had really had it. The great thing about Montana is that is has no sales tax. There are only 4 US states without it so they pay higher income tax. If there is sales tax, you can always choose not to buy something but with income tax you have no choice. Both Irene and I could have spent a fortune. What was lovely about the shops is that they don't compete and tell you what you can find in other shops even if that means they lose your business. It was rather nice - a Ms Beaver (very chatty and friendly) ran a shop that sold furs like those you see in the old westerns where trappers bring their goods into town
After the strenuousness of shopping, we needed to 'go potty' so went to the Blue Goose Saloon where we also had a beer. We had Trout Killer Ale while they were cleaning the taps and then the bar guy gave us some samples of local beers. The bar top was marble like (you couldn't really see as it was very dark in there) and it was badly cracked - I asked whether someone had smashed their head on to it while drunk but he just said no that it was very old. He did point out the marble floor which was cracked and told us that it was caused by a customer riding his horse into the saloon while drunk. It was a great old pub - lots of animal head trophies on the walls and pictures of famous people who had visited. There was a huge marlin above the bar as well as a gator head. A sign said something like "We are always happy with our customers, happy when some arrive and happy when others leave".
We thought we had better get back to Yellowstone Park so see all the sights but it was very late when we made that decision. There are so many vehicles in the Park and they are doing a large amount of road work so it is taking ages to get anywhere.
However, still no bears.
After Old Faithful, we went to see the Artists' Paintpot which is basically a mud geyser. We had a short walk around the area on these board walks. It really is very well done and is easy for most people to access. This was the one place where there was no access for wheelchairs. Even in places with two or three steps they have mini-elevators (similar to that at the movie theatre in Cairns which I had never seen before) or properly sloped ramps
Next it was Yellowstone Canyon and the waterfalls. By this time it was getting towards sunset and the mozzies were out so it was a quick stop at all the vantage points to take numerous photos. Some people were actually starting to hike which is a bit of a worry cos that is when the nasties (bears) come out. There are signs saying don't hike at night but people just ignore them - perhaps that is why there are 14 people killed by bears each year!! I have to say once again that Yellowstone Park is really fantastic and well worth a visit. I wish we had longer here but at least now I have seen it even though it was a very quick one.
We stopped at Mammoth Hot Springs at 10pm for dinner and I am surprised they still served us but it was very nice and we fell into bed at about midnight hence the late posting of this blog.