Photo taken near Monument Valley, Utah

Thursday, July 16, 2015


At Valley View RV Park, Island Park, Idaho...

Fellow bloggers and now friends Merikay and Craig graciously agreed to be our guides today for a short tour of some popular sites in Yellowstone. We appreciate so much their suggestions and navigation expertise.

We were a bit taken aback right away as we were caught in the crush of vehicles waiting in long lines to enter the park from West Yellowstone. Unfortunately, it didn't get any better after we got inside. We were in a line of cars on the two-line park road that crept along at about walking speed for around an hour. Fortunately, we had a lot of lively conversation to take our minds off the delay! When we finally arrived at Old Faithful, the parking lot was mobbed with cars, and the famed geyser was encircled by perhaps a thousand people. Obviously, my favorable impression yesterday about the visitor scene wasn't all that accurate.

We had lunch at the lodge cafeteria and waited for the next eruption, which didn't disappoint.

I snapped too late this still photo of Old Faithful's eruption; it was almost over at this point. I have some good video, though.

Merikay and Craig on the right--our splendid guides.

The weather remained perfect until our tour had almost ended, and we were able to see all of the thermal sites that our new leg parts would endure. Here are samples:

Arriving back in West Yellowstone, we decided to have an early dinner at the Canyon Street Grill. This is a burger joint with a '50s theme, where the food was pretty good and our friends' company was excellent. We thought the tab was a bit high, but this is West Yellowstone, and they take full advantage of the touristas. Sadly, the Canyon Street Grill doesn't deserve a place on my favorites list.
We were pretty tired after our romp in Yellowstone, so we relaxed in the recliners and watched some TV between cat naps.
Thanks, again, Merikay and Craig, for a great day!
Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; please forgive me if I do not appreciate it enough each day.

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