on March 24, 2012
This, our last day in Yellowstone was abbreviated. We were driving from West Yellowstone to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The drive in was enjoyable, there is still a thrill the first time you see steam rising our of the thremal grounds. We stopped for lunch at the Old Faithful Inn. This time we found the small parking lot directly in front of it and easily found a parking spot. Good tip! Lunch was as good as our first stop here. I sincerely think that you could stay a week here at the Inn, walk out once or twice a day to view Old Faithful, take the yellow bus tour and eat your meals at the offerings in Old Faithful and without a car, have a delightful stay. Of course I haven't factored in the price of a room here which we heard is quite high. Before leaving the village we stopped at the large gift shops. In one a local artist was selling jewelry made from area found polished stones. Nice to find something from the heart of the area. Heading to the South Entrance, we crossed the Continental divide several times. At one crossing we stopped to look at a lovely water lily pond. That surprised us to find these flowers at this elevation. We also stopped to looke at the damaged caused by the 1988 Forest Fire. At this point the fire was so intense it jumped over the Lewis River Canyon. So much more to see and do. Wish we hadn't put this trip off so long. When we were younger we would have enjoyed the many trails.
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