WYOMING: Yellowstone National Park

June 16 – 18th ~ Yellowstone National Park ~

Old Faithful

We managed to land an RV spot at Madison Campground for three nights thanks to Tim’s patient charm and a ranger that went over and beyond being helpful.

For two and a half days we showed Shirley the highlights of our favorite National Park. There is so much so see here, but we realized that hiking long distances, climbing a lot of stairs, or navigating over rough terrain would be too much. We chose places based on natural beauty, uniqueness and ease of access.


A trip to Yellowstone is not complete without seeing Old Faithful erupt.

We also went inside the Old Faithful Lodge so Shirley could see the unique way wooden branches were used in the design.

Old Faithful Lodge


Mammoth Hot Springs

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Along Firehole Lake Drive

White Dome erupting


The tourist busses were out in force and walking the loop was challenging – but we managed…

Grand Prismatic

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Not nearly as popular as many of the loops, this one has always been one of my favorites. I think I just like the extreme contrast of color and remnants of scorched trees.

Black Sand Basin


Yellowstone Lake with a hot steam pot


Shirley did not have her visor with her today so she got the honor of wearing my “Writer” cap. HaHa, no one else has been so lucky 🙂

Upper Falls

Lower Falls

Lower Falls


Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone


At Artists Paintpots

Tim connecting to his roots 🙂


It was calving season and babies were in abundance. We actually saw them throughout the park, but the ones we saw on this trip closest to the road were on the west side of the park just south of Madison.

Mother and calf

On June 18th we celebrate Shirley’s 83rd birthday!!! We think celebrating a birthday at one of the most beautiful places on earth is pretty special.

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The toe touching continues at each of our National Parks…

Happy Birthday to this amazing 83 years young lady!

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for helpful rangers, and weather that cooperated (almost) all of the time for our visit to Yellowstone. We had to dawn our rain jackets at Mommoth Hot Springs, but only for a short time. I’m also thankful that we are able to celebrate with Shirley as she completes her 83rd rotation around the sun.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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25 Responses to WYOMING: Yellowstone National Park

  1. Darlene says:

    I’m so glad you were able to get a spot at Yellowstone. It is an amazing park. We visited on our motorcycle and I loved every minute. Happy Birthday to Shirley!!


  2. When you get home, I think you should do a wrap up of just Shirley touching her toes. Great little collection of pictures. Happy birthday to h,er. 😌


  3. joliesattic says:

    Wow! It’s still beautiful. I haven’t been there since 1972 or so.


  4. ohiocook says:

    My favorite place, so amazing out there!


  5. Great pictures!! I haven’t been to Yellowstone since I was a little girl in the 1970s, love looking at your pictures especially the one looking up at the ceiling of the Yellowstone Lodge, my dad took a very similar picture on his old slide camera years ago!!!


  6. brandib1977 says:

    Happy Birthday Shirley! Love your adventures and your toe touching!!


  7. TracyNicole says:

    Beautiful pictures and what a fun way to celebrate a birthday! Was Old Faithful not that crowded that day or were you just able to cut most of the people out of the picture? I’ve never visited, but always figured that’d be a crowded spot.


  8. Widdershins says:

    83 is an excellent innings. 😀 … may she have many more. 🙂


  9. salpal1 says:

    You did a great job hitting the highlights! Lovely photos, and finding Tim’s roots was pretty funny. 😉


  10. I am hoping to be headed out here in July and im so excited! thanks for sharing!


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