On the way and arrival
The first day we drove from home to Coeur d'Alene, where we spent the night. We also had time to drive around part of the lake, which was lovely in the sunset. The second day we drove all the way into Yellowstone via the west entrance and almost made our 5:30 dinner reservation at the Old Faithful Inn. We were late because of Bison traffic, but still had a nice dinner.
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Lake Coeur d'Alene, taken at sunset on our first day out. The next day we drove to Yellowstone.
Lake Coeur d'Alene, taken at sunset on our first day out. The next day we drove to Yellowstone.
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Wildflowers at Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park
Wildflowers at Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park
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Tipi display at the park.
Tipi display at the park.
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Mission of the Sacred Heart constructed 1850-53 by Jesuit missionaries and members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.
Mission of the Sacred Heart constructed 1850-53 by Jesuit missionaries and members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.
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View from Lookout Pass at EXIT 0 on I90. This is the Idaho/Montana border, where we set our watches and cameras forward an hour. Elevation 4725 feet.
View from Lookout Pass at EXIT 0 on I90. This is the Idaho/Montana border, where we set our watches and cameras forward an hour. Elevation 4725 feet.
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Shot of the Montana mountains from the car
Shot of the Montana mountains from the car
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Lots of driving on this trip
Lots of driving on this trip
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Bison herd inside of Yellowstone. This is where we figured out that dinner reservations at Yellowstone are met only at the pleasure of the animals, who blocked the road for 20 minutes before moving on.
Bison herd inside of Yellowstone. This is where we figured out that dinner reservations at Yellowstone are met only at the pleasure of the animals, who blocked the road for 20 minutes before moving on.
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The Old Faithful Inn from the parking lot. This is where we had dinner.
The Old Faithful Inn from the parking lot. This is where we had dinner.
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The lobby of the Old Faithful Inn
The lobby of the Old Faithful Inn
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The dining room. We had a great buffet dinner here, including prime rib
The dining room. We had a great buffet dinner here, including prime rib
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Done with dinner, and ready to go over and watch Old Faithful blow its top
Done with dinner, and ready to go over and watch Old Faithful blow its top
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The eruption is supposed to happen 10 to 20 minutes from this point. It was just a little longer than that.
The eruption is supposed to happen 10 to 20 minutes from this point. It was just a little longer than that.
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Waiting for Old Faithful to erupt
Waiting for Old Faithful to erupt
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Still waiting...
Still waiting...
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Some action starting
Some action starting
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Here it comes
Here it comes
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Getting stronger
Getting stronger
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Looks real now
Looks real now
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Off it goes!
Off it goes!
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Higher
Higher
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Not a record, but impressive
Not a record, but impressive
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Close up of the top of the plume
Close up of the top of the plume
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Dying down, but nice fountain action
Dying down, but nice fountain action
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Thermal areas seen from the Old Faithful site
Thermal areas seen from the Old Faithful site
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Bison grazing around the Old Faithful site
Bison grazing around the Old Faithful site
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A male bison can run more than 30 miles per hour, so it is best not to annoy him.
A male bison can run more than 30 miles per hour, so it is best not to annoy him.
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Yellowstone hosts about 3,000 bison.
Yellowstone hosts about 3,000 bison.
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The bison is the largest land mammal in North America.
The bison is the largest land mammal in North America.
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A thermal site along the road up to the canyon area.
A thermal site along the road up to the canyon area.
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The low sun made this really stand out.
The low sun made this really stand out.
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Another thermal area along the road to the canyon, along with grazing Bison and running water (Gibbon River?)
Another thermal area along the road to the canyon, along with grazing Bison and running water (Gibbon River?)
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A stop along the way to look at Gibbon Falls
A stop along the way to look at Gibbon Falls
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This is where the Gibbon river falls off the northern escarpment into the Yellowstone Caldera
This is where the Gibbon river falls off the northern escarpment into the Yellowstone Caldera
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The Gibbon river below the falls
The Gibbon river below the falls
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The waterfall is about 80 feet high overall
The waterfall is about 80 feet high overall
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Herd of elk (I think) cows
Herd of elk (I think) cows
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