June 16 – 18th ~ Yellowstone National Park ~
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.
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS
FIREHOLE LAKE DRIVE
The tourist busses were out in force and walking the loop was challenging – but we managed…
BLACK SAND BASIN
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.
UPPER AND LOWER FALLS
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 🙂
GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE
ARTISTS PAINT POTS
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.
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.
The toe touching continues at each of our National Parks…
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.