We got an early start for our drive to Yellowstone National Park. It was a beautiful drive along the Madison River to the western entrance to the first National Park in the United States of America. I guess that a lot of other people had the same idea because the line to pay the park entry fee reminded me of Disney World!
I didn’t have too many things on my “must-see” list so we headed directly to Old Faithful. It may seem cliché but I really wanted to make sure that I saw the most famous geyser in the world. We arrived at the visitor center about 40 minutes before the next predicted eruption. That gave us some time to pick up the Junior Ranger booklet and find our seats for viewing. Old Faithful lived up to her name and blew with 4 minutes of the predicted time. Wow, does it shoot up high!
By the time we finished at Old Faithful it was getting close to lunch time. (My boys think of food almost constantly) so we started back toward the other sight on my list. Grand Prismatic Spring. While researching this trip I had come across gorgeous pictures of this spring but I didn’t think that those pictures were taken from the boardwalk area that surrounds the Midway Geyser Basin. I looked on http://www.tripadvisor.com and found very specific directions for a hike that would take us to an overlook.
We parked at the Fairy Falls trail head and decided to have lunch around a “baby prismatic”. The kids made their sandwiches and headed around the baby hot spring to enjoy the warmth of the steam.
We headed up the large, easy and well-visited path. I started to wonder because my directions told me that very few people would take the same route we planned to. We continued to walk and then the unmarked path that I had read about became visible. No one else was heading up that way. A couple of girls were coming down and assured us we were on the right path. It was an extremely steep scrambled up a hill with loose footing but worth it! WOW!! A postcard type view. The reviewer on trip advisor was right….we saw only 3 other people at the top. Dave wanted to drive around Yellowstone’s figure eight. The mileage didn’t look bad but he didn’t take into account slow moving traffic and bison crossings.
Made for a LATE night but the kids were more civilized once we fed them!!! …..in Grand Tetons!