We spent 5 days in Yellowstone. We got a campsite at Norris Campground. It was on the left side middle of the figure 8. We picked 2 nights and then extended 2 more nights. So much to see here.
Day one there was a big storm so we sat at the lodge for half the day. We headed out to the top part of the figure 8 to see some animals at about 3:00 pm. It was disappointing. Afternoon is not the time for animal site seeing. Mornings are always the best time. but we did get to Mammoth Hot Springs. This was cool. We walked around the wood paths and checked out the thermal activity and formations. There were supposed to be moose all around. There were none. We went to the wolf sighting location. There were none. Mornings are the time to see the wildlife.
We continued on and got back to camp.
The next day we tried the lower part of the figure 8. This is the Thermal part. SO MUCH TO SEE! We stopped at virtually every stop. It was fantastic! The 1 hour drive took us all day and we did not get to it all. We had to go back the next day (also a full day!) to get to everything. Prismatic Spring was outstanding - the colors were so amazing. The first day it was cold and windy so we did not get a good look. The second day it was great. Look at the pictures - crazy amazing.
We saw Old Faithful on the first day and went back to see it twice more the next day. The third time we were eating lunch and saw it from our restaurant seat.
So two days to see all the thermal ring and Yellowstone Lake.
We left the next day early to get to some wildlife viewing. It was great. I did not get to see a grizzly bear, but I did see antelope, beaver, Bison and bison herds, Pronghorn deer, pika, chipmunks, squirrel, marmot, and a bald eagle.
The drive out over Top of the world was amazing. You go up and then up and then up. The canyons and the views were unbelievable. And then we went up some more. Once you seemed to be above everything the views were spectacular. It really seemed like you were above everything you were viewing, and these were large mountains you are viewing.
And then you go over the top, well in the top. The plateau has a road that goes across for miles. There were some up (switchbacks) and down (switchbacks) and then a long road across you could see for miles.
When we started down, it went right off the edge. It switchbacked down all the way to the canyon floor. 10,900 feet to 6700 feet in a couple miles. It was about 100 yards as the crow flies. The views of these canyons were amazing and the drive was fun. We were out of Yellowstone and on our way to Billings. We stopped and had lunch in Red Lodge. We checked the maps and decided to skip Billing and go right to Great Falls.
Glacier NP is next.
Anything missing? YES!
Day 1 we walked / drove Yellowstone canyon. This was crazy cool with 2 great waterfalls. There was a path to the top of each and I mean the top. The view was right off the edge to the bottom. There was multiple paths to see the Falls up the canyon. Each spot was a fantastic view. A couple were just 100 yards off the road and others were a hike down into the canyon for an amazing view. The colors along the canyon walls and the falls were just unforgettable. I hope you speak irony.
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