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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Yellowstone: South Entrance and West Thumb

You've already seen a picture of the John Moulton Barn on my last post, but I found the following picture, shot by Doug, on the camcorder when I downloaded the video from our trip. I thought it was even nicer than the one I posted and wanted to include it here.

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As we left the Tetons on September 19th, we drove into Yellowstone National Park by way of the south entrance, then continued up the eastern side of the lower loop, around the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake. (The road through Yellowstone is sort of a figure 8 and the sections are commonly referred to as the lower loop and the upper loop.)
 
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 This map can help you see that figure 8, as well as the entrance roads into the park.
 
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Lewis Falls

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Yellowstone Lake. That's a steam vent in the foreground. They're everywhere in this park.

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Another view of Yellowstone Lake, without the steam vent.

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There had been a heavy snow in Yellowstone the day before, and the mountain peaks were putting on a show.

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Another look at the mountains from Lake Village.

It was about 5:30 PM when we reached Lake Village, and I suddenly realized that we were supposed to call the motel in West Yellowstone by 6 PM if we weren't going to be arriving by that time. Yikes! I had no cell phone service in the park, and I couldn't get the pay phones at Lake Village to let me call out of state. (Yellowstone is in Wyoming, but West Yellowstone is in Montana.) So, instead of eating at the Lake Village Cafeteria as we had planned, we had to make haste to get to the motel.
 
All was well. We arrived at 7 PM, and our room was waiting for us. Whew!

16 comments:

  1. Your photos for today are beautiful!

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  2. HI Linda. the views over the lake over to the mountains are amazing. Lovel blue skies S wel. just a lovely place and you get into your motel OK!

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  3. The mountains are real pretty. I love the panoramic shot with the steam vent.

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  4. Absolutely breathtaking pictures, Linda! I can only imagine how beautiful it was to see in person! You make me want to travel WEST! :)

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  5. i have to ask - do you take notes or how do you keep up with your photos & names of the area. i had a real good plan & then it was ruined because of how my SD card works in my camera & then my computer. so i was curious of your plan & all. ( :

    gorgeous shots!!

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  6. glad they had your room! i LOVE the mountains with the snow dusting! and what a nice backdrop for that barn!

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  7. Yellowstone is beautiful. I have seen some documentaries of this place, and your images really do it justice.

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  8. It would have been hard for me to leave this area--hotel waiting or not. Those mountain views are stunning!! The clouds in the sky are perfect, too. I'm a risk taker, so I probably would've stayed and took my chances on the hotel. Yep, I know I would've. Thanks for sharing another pic of that barn. It is really quaint and beautiful in such a peaceful setting. Ahhhhh....

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  9. Linda, these photos are amazing! I would SO have enjoyed this walk. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  10. Doug got a great picture of the barn and the Tetons -- thanks for sharing it with us. Your pictures of Yellowstone Lake are gorgeous as well. I really like those snow-covered mountains.

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  11. Yellowstone is an amazing place. And your pictures are wonderful.

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  12. OH MY…. Glad you made it to West Yellowstone. The next to the last photo is absolutely gorgeous. You need to frame that one!!!! WOW--love seeing the snow on the mountains!!!! We saw Lewis Falls --and got as close as the Fishing Bridge before turning around one day… Between the Fishing Bridge and the east entrance at Cody were the only areas you pictured which we didn't get to…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. Oops--I said that wrong. We didn't go between West Thumb and the Fishing Bridge either…..Nor did we go from Tower Falls up to the entrance at Cooke City. Guess it was the entire eastern side that we missed… Guess we definitely need to go back… ha
    Betsy

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  14. Those snow covered mountains are spectacular.

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  15. What a stunning view. I would have found it difficult to leave.. but I'm glad you got your room.

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  16. That's one place I have always wanted to go, so thanks for sharing your photos! It looks like a wonderful place.

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