North Yellowstone

June 7, 2018 we are again up early., dogs fed, a quick walk, and we head to West Yellowstone, the little town outside Yellowstone National Park.  I get in the looong drive thru line at McDonalds to grab a coffee. Soooo looking forward to that large coffee after last night with poor little Fries shaking in terror as the thunder and lightning boomed right over the top of us.

I’ve never had a bad cup of coffee from McDs. Until this morning. Worst coffee I have ever tasted; like maybe it was leftover and warmed up from yesterday. Thick, nasty stuff.  But considering the line was long and the wait longer I wasn’t about to ask for some fresh brew. I’ll just make do and get on the road through Yellowstone.  The Mammoth Hot Springs is my ultimate goal for this second trip through this gorgeous park.

For a ways we are on one of the same roads we were on last fall, and I try to get in to see the Norris geysers. They are supposed to be even more impressive than Old Faithful, but like last year the parking lot is jammed packed and there’s not a spot to be had.  *sigh*.  Gee, I hope the rest of the day doesn’t continue on like this!

Soon I begin to notice scenery that I haven’t seen before.  The Chiweenie Brothers perk right up when they see large brown-black beasties in the lush green meadow on our right.

These pools are so lovely, and I even got a shot of a bluebird surveying his territory

 

Dang, I can’t remember what they call this mountain, but it’s pretty spectacular when you considering all that steam and pressure underneath.

The landscape begins to change.  Rugged mountains are the backdrop behind sweet green meadows, clear blue pools and cold lakes.  The vistas are unbelievable.

Then in the blink of an eye yet another change. Boulders are the focus in the forefront of vast vistas spread out before us.

Just beyond this interesting area the road work begins. It’s quite a delay, but I think we arrived just about the right time as I know it wasn’t a 30 minute wait.  It’s quite a project they are working on; looks like not only complete road replacement but adding culverts (perhaps bigger and better).

Even with the traffic, the road work delay, and a muddy mess to drive through in places, it is worth the drive.

Mammoth Hot Springs coming up tomorrow.  Hugs, Shawna