In Yellowstone, we will be staying in the Bridge Bay Campground. It's a large campground for both RVs and Tents. People have mixed feelings on the place. I figure, we aren't going to be spending much time at our actual campsite, so I'm not super worried about things.
|Picture from NPS.gov|
I remember watching Old Faithful on my trip to Yellowstone when I was little. I remember the large amounts of water and wondering where it went. I don't remember the crowds though. We have been warned of the crazy crowds. My plan is to get up early on our first morning there, we aren't going to sleep well in the tent anyhow, so we might as well get up and going, grab a cold breakfast (We love Poptarts and granola bars!) and drive over to Old Faithful. It's only about thirty miles but the drive is an hour and a half. This day, we will hit up the Upper Geyer Basin, this is where the majority of the geothermic activity takes place in the park. It's also known as the Lower Loop. If we get there before the big crowds, we can get some quality walking and hiking time in to see the features. We will hit up the rest of the Lower Loop, I'm guessing with traffic it's pretty much going to take up our whole day.
Let me back track a little. We will be driving in through the North Entrance of the Park. Near the North Entrance of the Park, we will find Boiling River. One of the best kept secrets of Yellowstone. I am hoping that is open since we will be visiting in Spring. If it's not, that's a bummer but we will move on and see other things. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is on our way to our camp site. Actually that whole highway is full of things to do and see and fall in love with.
I want to hike Lamar Valley for at least half a day. I do want to venture down into the Grand Tetons for a look see. It's about 100 miles from our campground. I don't know if we will have time.
Our Yellowstone time is one that I do not have detailed and planned out. That's why I want books, so I can try to decide what to do. I know three days of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons is not nearly enough. So we will just have to go back sometime. :)
What are your favorite things to do in Yellowstone?