Dad's Idea of Heaven
Saw lots of wildlife: about a 100 bison, at least 30 elk, 2 river otters, 3 wolves, 2 eagles—and a partridge in a pear tree! LOL. Unfortunately, not a glimpse of any bears or moose. I better see them in Alaska—I already told my folks I ain’t leaving there until I do!
I absolutely loved the Old Faithful Inn! It was like a fort and treehouse all in one! Constructed in 1904 of local logs and stone, it has earned the distinction of being the world’s largest log structure.
We were fascinated by several geysers including Norris, Artists’ Paint Pots, and of course, the King of the Park—Old Faithful. It sure was weird, though—with the cold wind blowing and mixing with the steam coming off the geysers, our coats were getting covered with “raindrops”.
We took in the beauty of the Upper and Lower Falls at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and were saddened by the events of August 17, 1959 (earthquake, mudslide, and eventually flooding) that created Quake Lake.
And Yellowstone Lake offered a dramatic vista with snow-capped mountains in the background.
Claudia and Mike introduced us to their very first work-camping boss, Chris Baier who has operated Yellowstone Silver here in West Yellowstone, MT since 1975. What a terrific person! We all had such a great time together, with each of us preparing a delicious dinner over the course of our stay. Wonderful friends, stimulating conversation, and delicious food—there is no better combination to ensure a good time for all!
Well, I’m going to bed early tonight so Mom and Dad can have a romantic celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary. Next time we speak, I’ll be at Glacier National Park!