Wild West 2015: Yellowstone (day 3)

by | Oct 31, 2015 | Travel, USA Travel

We were up with the sunrise and decided to walk the Geyser Hill loop before breakfast. Only a few other people were out, so it was quiet and peaceful, with quite a bit of steam and colored pools. We definitely had to be aware of the parts of the trail that were still in the shade as they were icy!

Upper Geyser Basin landscapehot springs

We had already seen Old Faithful go off twice the day before, so after our walk we checked out the Old Faithful Inn – amazing wood work with big beams, larger then we expected.

Old Faithful Lodge interior

After breakfast we packed up the car, filled up with gas, checked out, and made our way to the Black Sand geothermal area that we had skipped the day before. This stop had several deep blue springs, and a bridge over the Firehole River that runs right through it.

Black Sand Basin

From here we headed south, stopping at the small Isa Lake straddling the continental divide, meaning water flows to both Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean – how cool is that?

Continental Divide!

Lewis Falls was on our way and from the amount of people present, it is a popular stopping point. You can view the falls from the bridge but I hiked down to the river bed for this shot.

Lewis Falls

We were in the middle of discussing all the wildlife we had seen so far when a bald eagle nearly collided with our car! Thankfully, it pulled up at the last second but not before we got a good look at him and Leandra nearly had a panic attack.

Just before leaving Yellowstone Park, we stopped for the short hike to Moose Falls.  It was challenging to shoot at midday, but I did the best I could with a tripod and my hat as a sun shield.

Moose Falls

Next up – Grand Teton National Park!

Our Itinerary

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Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
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Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
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