Monday, July 11, 2016

Grand Tetons

To get to the Grand Tetons National Park, we drove through Yellowstone NP.  The Tetons are located near the south entrance to Yellowstone.  Here's another Yellowstone geyser.

More Yellowstone geysers

And more

White water in a hurry to get to the beach

The is the Tetons - I wouldn't think such a large and beautiful lake would be located up here.  We have been going through passes that were almost 10,000 feet in elevation.  The water is Colter Bay.

Tippy-Too likes it up here - She smells all sorts of new odors - pine, spruce, wild life.

The Grand Tetons National Park is pretty busy too.

The visitor's center has this large map.

I missed the Grand Tetons National Park entrance sign - Treky says that this will do.

I took this picture from the visitor's center.

At noon, the temperature up here is 68 degrees (F).  Remember when we started this trip our odometer read 39,000 +? Now we are at almost 46,000 miles.

Some old hippies made it up here in their VW bus.

No McDonald's up here so I had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch.

Tippy-Too and Treky thought this tree was interesting.

The park offers swimming and boating.

The highway between Yellowstone and the Tetons is a National Memorial Parkway.

Tippy-Too:  "Treky, watch how Ron drives - I'm worn out and going to sleep all the way back to West Yellowstone."

Well, this is it for a while.  We're headed home - everyone is OK - no problems - we are all healthy.  We have been gone a long time and we are sort of tired.

We will be attending rallies in September.  I think we will spend the month of August at home.  Since nothing interesting happens at home, the next post will probably happen in September.  If you would like to be notified when we resume, place your e-mail address in the block below or at the top right of this blog.

Thanks all.  We have enjoyed a very long trip this time. Thanks for going with us.

Ron, Tippy-Too and Treky

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone

On the way to Mammoth Hot Springs area of Yellowstone NP

I like white water - Tippy-Too always says that it's in a hurry.

I think those are swans

Oh Wow

Up hill then down hill - Treky has a special speed-retarded button that we use very often here.

See the white residue from the geyser?

A whole mountain of geyser residue - huge

And a residue lake below

I just thought this is a nice picture

Lots of folks parked to take pictures of this

Look at the oncoming traffic - way out here in Wyoming.  Most of Yellowstone is in Wyoming - The west entrance is in Montana.

Mammoth Springs general store

This is a government building - The whole Mammoth Springs area looks like an old-time army post to me.

Those are the springs up on the right


This too

Goodbye to the springs

There are lots of class C motor homes here too

I took this just as a female moose was going into the bushes.

Big Buffalo sleepy

A lake of fire

The Mammoth Springs area has many many "fire lakes".

Very close-up of a geyser lake

At one time this mountain was "hot" with geysers - Now trees are growing there.

I think we have covered Yellowstone National Park.  What's next?  Don't know.  We'll have a team meeting to decide - Probably head west into Idaho.

Ron, Tippy-Too and Treky

Yellowstone Geysers

There is always a long line at the national park entrance sign.  Everyone wants their picture taken with the sign.  Treky and Tippy-Too are impatient to move on so I just took a picture even though others were included.  Normally, I do not take pictures of people.

Yellowstone is a beautiful and different at each turn.

I was required to show my Golden Age pass and my photo ID to enter the park.  The park ranger "awarded" a treat to Tippy-Too for being careful of the environment.  Pretty nice, I think.

This water, Madison River, is in a hurry to get to a lower elevation.  Tippy-Too says, "That's the way we cross busy streets - In a Hurry".

Sorry about the windshield reflection.  Tippy-Too says that some day she will tell us a story about a little cloud that cried.

A geyser 

That steam is coming out of this hole.  The water is boiling.  Look at the colors.

Closer look at the colors in that hole.  It an active geyser.

These are very hot pools of water.  Note the colors - I think the colors are caused by minerals picked up by the steam on the way to the surface - Maybe not.

Big hot hole to the left - white surrounding is residue.

This "hole" has been blowing steam for so long that the residue has built up a chimney - my words - I'm not scientific.

Many different colors of residue - formed waves.

Different colors and shapes here.

We see steam everywhere caused by eruptions - note the walkway to assist pedestrians get closer to the action.

You think national parks are not popular - I see mostly families with small children - Great.  Did you know that this year, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100 years old?

Flood Geyser

Another geyser

This has been a good day for visiting the park.  We'll sleep well tonight.

We'll be back to the park tomorrow.  There is so much we haven't seen yet.

Ron, Tippy-Too and Treky