Yellowstone National Park Journals

Yellowstone Through Our Eyes

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A June 2002 trip to Yellowstone National Park by Lovestogo

Bald Eagle in Yellowstone Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming More Photos
Quote: Yellowstone is a vast and ever changing national park. The abundance of wildlife, the mountains and lakes, the waterfalls, the regrowth following the wildfires and the thermal area/geysers present such a varied landscape. This truly is one of America's Most Beautiful National Parks.

Yellowstone Through Our Eyes

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Overview

Yellowstone River Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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If viewing or photographing wildlife is your passion, then Yellowstone is the place to go! With the exception of buffalo or elk, which can be seen throughout the park, the majority of wildlife that we saw was in the Northern section between Lamar Valley and Tower Falls. Bears seemed to frequent this area often as we were fortunate enough to see a mother bear and two cubs playing on a hillside. Old Faithful Inn & Old Faithful geyser is a must-see!! We highly recommend having dinner at the Old Faithful Inn. Dinner entrees are priced from to . The cream of broccoli soup was superb!! Watching Old Faithful erupt at sunset also provided a memorable experience. The sky was a deep blue and t...Read More
Old Faithful Inn Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Old Faithful Inn is very rustic and charming. The mid-range rooms are very small and remind you of life back in the 50''s or earlier. The room rate was $92 a night plus tax. There is a sink in the bedroom area, a rocking chair and radiator type heat. The bathrooms either have a shower OR a tub with a toilet (be sure to specify which one you want). They are extremely small. There is no air conditioning and if the day time temperatures are in the upper 70s to 80s, the rooms could be extremely warm. Everyone had their windows open in June and the daytime temperatures were only in the high 50s to low 60s. Our reservations were made January 8th for June and there were only 4 rooms available. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 4, 2002

Old Faithful Inn
Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7901

Old Faithful Inn Dining Room

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Restaurant | "Old Faithful Inn"

Old Faithful Inn Dining Room Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Dining at the Old Faithful Inn was both charming and relaxing. We dined in the original section (there is a new section added on) and would recommend that anyone ask to do the same. We had breakfast one morning and you could either order from the menu or have the breakfast buffet. The buffet was $7.75 each and included fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, french toast, cereal, muffins and pastries. This price also included your drink. We had dinner reservations for the next evening. Again, we requested to sit in the original section. We had the rocky mountain trout and the seafood alfredo. Both were absolutely delicious. Instead of a salad, we chose the crea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2002

Old Faithful Inn Dining Room

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
307/344-7311

Old Faithful

Attraction | "Old Faithful Geyser"

Old Faithful Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Old Faithful geyser, which is adjacent to Old Faithful Inn, is probably the most viewed geyser in Yellowstone. It erupts almost every 80 to 92 minutes. When erupting, the geyser shoots 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of water app. 130 feet up into the air. It is an impressive sight to see. We saw it erupt at 8:30 p.m. and the sky was a rich, dark blue. With the white stream of water and steam, the sight was gorgeous and made some wonderful photos. There is an area with benches that gives an excellent viewing of the geyser. Get there early if you want to be on the front row for picture taking. You also can see the geyser erupt from the second story of Old Faithful Inn. There is a large deck area outsid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2002

Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Upper Falls

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Attraction

Upper Falls Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Yellowstone's Upper Falls could be one of the park's least appreciated natural wonders. It is located in Canyon Country just outside Canyon Village. The Yellowstone River originates from the Yellowstone Lake and flows down into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by flowing over 2 massive waterfalls. The first waterfall is Upper Falls which is an unbelievable 109 feet and the second is Lower Falls at a thundering and pounding 308 feet. Upper Falls has an observation area that is a short 1/4 of a mile down a paved walkway (with steps & handrails). This observation area is immediately overlooking the brink of the falls and you also have a great view of the Yellowstone River flowing rapidly down...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2002

Upper Falls
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Lower Falls

Attraction | "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone / Lower Falls"

Lower Falls Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Located just outside Canyon Village, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the park's most scenic views. The Yellowstone River thunders down 308 feet creating the Lower Falls. It is breathtaking to see from the Artist Point observation area (south rim area). To the left is the Lower Falls and looking straight ahead & to your right is the canyon walls with their many colors. There is a large parking lot (restrooms are available here) and a trail (app. 1/4 of a mile) leading down to the major observation area. There are also benches under shade trees where you can just kick back and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2002

Lower Falls

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190
(307) 344-7381

Mary Bay Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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This area of Yellowstone National Park was truly my favorite. I love to see snow on the mountains and if there is a lake or body of water around, then it is even more beautiful and special. This area starts out with a campground, grocery store/general store and gas station at Fishing Bridge. As you proceed east (towards Cody, WY), one of the first sights you see is Mary Bay. It is part of Yellowstone Lake and is nothing short of spectacular! We purchased sandwiches, chips and drinks at the Fishing Bridge general store and had a small picnic at the picnic area while enjoying the breathtaking scenery. As you continue to drive, approximately 10 miles or so, you will see another gorgeous lake with a ...Read More
Bald Eagle in Yellowstone Photo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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We saw several different types of wildlife in Yellowstone which included a coyote, mule deer, elk, moose, bison & calves, black bear & cubs, cinnamon colored black bear, ground squirrel, yellow-bellied marmot, pronghorn antelope, white pelicans, canadian geese and trumpeter swans. Early morning and late afternoons/evenings seemed to be the best times for viewing some of the different species of animals. The Northern sections of the park, especially around Lamar Valley, Tower Roosevelt and Canyon Village seemed to be wildlife havens as this was where we saw the most varied types of animals. Some folks set up their spotting scopes or binoculars at turnouts along side the road and spend severa...Read More