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Monthly Archives: August 2013
Friday: We had wanted to visit the Mud Volcano area south of Canyon, but a lady at the Camper Services building told us that the area was still closed because of fire danger or damage. We had been lucky that the Grand Loop road had reopened on Thursday, enabling us to go to Grand Teton without a great detour. [The Mud Volcano area reopened on August 26, after our trip.]
Thursday: We were on the road by about 7:15 a.m., with Julie driving. I was happy to let her do most of the driving on the trip, though she had added me as a driver, so I was able to provide relief at times. Yigal was satisfied to sit in the back seat. The drive south through Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Park took us about 2-1/2 hours.
Wednesday: As the fires south of Canyon blocked our direct path to Grand Teton, we postponed our hike there, hoping that we could go on Thursday. Instead, we decided to spend the day investigating the geyser basins in the Old Faithful area. We drove west from Canyon, then turned south at the Norris Junction, stopping first three miles south of the junction, at Artist Paintpots, within the Gibbon Geyser Basin.
Tuesday: We began driving west from Canyon, and upon reaching the Norris Junction we turned north toward Mammoth Hot Springs.
Monday: The first photo below is our campsite, or part of it, showing my new two-man Kelty Gunnison 2.2 tent in the foreground (white and orange), with Julie’s new North Face Meso 2 in the background (green). The third tent is at the campsite next to ours. We also had a fire pit (not shown), which was to the left of the picnic table.
Sunday: My friend Yigal and I flew from JFK to Salt Lake City, and from there on to the tiny airport at West Yellowstone, Montana. My friend Julie had flown from Pittsburgh into Jackson, Wyoming the day before and rented a car, which she had driven into Yellowstone. She was kind enough to drive to “West” to pick us up from the airport.