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Trip Report Our first trip to Yellowstone / GTNP: Trip Report

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I have done a separate report for the beginning/end of the trip and our time in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah.

This was our first trip out to this part of the country and I absolutely LOVED it. I will warn you that this is probably overly long and detailed. My apologies but I am reliving my trip a bit as I write this. Partly since I am delayed in getting it done and we were there mid-June.

Day 1 ¡V After seeing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and getting some breakfast, we headed out to Yellowstone!! This is our first trip and we were very excited. In the interest of getting to Yellowstone as quickly as possible we took I-15 North through Utah and Idaho. I am sure this is not the most scenic route but it certainly was a very different environment than what we have here in New England. I loved looking at all the various ranches and the huge sweeping vistas. We stopped in Idaho Falls and grabbed some lunch at the local Subway sandwich shop. We then went to the grocery store (the name escapes me) to pick up a cooler, some drinks and snacks for our time in the car.

On to Route 20 toward West Yellowstone. As we got closer to the park (and I believe were in a National Forest) we saw our first wildlife of the trip ¡V a pronghorn antelope!! A short while later, we had arrived. We had bought an annual pass previously so a quick stop at the entrance and we were in Yellowstone. Of course, we stopped at one of the very first turn-outs to get out and stretch our legs and also because there were bison viewable. Across the road there were a couple of elk and two big bison napping in the shade. In my mind I knew there would be many more bison and elk but of course stopped and took way to many pictures of these few. Back in the car and our first Buffalo Jam! We were the first car in line and they were walking down the center line straight at us ¡V boy that is a bit unnerving. Once they all passed ¡V and stupid people in cars coming the other way trying to rush them. (I will get this rant out of my system right now ¡V I cannot believe the number of people that treat Yellowstone/GTNP as some kind of zoo ¡V getting way too close and disturbing the animals. That is probably the one thing that really made me crazy. I won¡¦t even go into the 12 yr old boy who was being posed next to a bison for a picture and got knocked senseless ¡V he was lucky he wasn¡¦t seriously injured or killed) Ok ¡V rant over - I will try to refrain through the remainder of the report.

We drove to Old Faithful Inn and checked in to our room. This is really a beautiful old National Park hotel. The lobby area is just absolutely incredible. Unfortunately, our room was in the west wing ¡V which is currently under construction and we had to get to it though an external construction pathway. It did take away a bit of the ambiance but I am in Yellowstone and I don¡¦t really care. The queen bed that I don¡¦t think has had a new mattress since the park opened ƒº also took a bit of getting used to and we certainly used the fan in the closet as the room was a bit warm.

Now to find something to eat¡K. There was a huge line at the OFI dining room so we walked over to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge dining room. A bit of a wait but there were some tables outside that we sat at for a bit until it got too cold. Had a good dinner here ¡V but a month later now and for the life of me I cannot remember what we ate.

Then we headed over to Old Faithful and watched the sun set and an Old Faithful eruption. Very few crowds and simply magical!!!!

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