Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2009 Vacation - Day 6: Yellowstone By Bus

Saturday was tour day. We booked an all day bus tour around most of the southern loop road including the majority of the volcanic phenomenon in the park.

The day started out pretty good with somewhat clear skies and sunshine. As we went from one steaming hole to another the clouds began to build but, as our luck had it, it never rained while we were out of the bus walking around. We saw all sorts of hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots, and geysers. It even remained dry while we waited for Old Faithful to blow.
We probably could have seen all of this from our car but it was so nice to be on a bus having someone else do the driving for a change. The bus was old and the driver a little inexperienced with double clutching but the seats were comfortable, the driver answered all questions intelligently, and the tour was pleasurable. We also learned a lot more than we would have if we'd done it by our lonesome. Pictures can be found here.

The tour ended with the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone – both spectacular.


There was less wildlife this trip than on my 1995 roadtrip. Most of the wildlife, the little we saw, was in the distance. The only exception was an Elk near canyon land. I think the difference is the time of the year.

Tomorrow is a long, long driving day – Ten plus hours – to Moab, UT, Canyon Land, and Arches National Monument.

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