July through September,
We normally avoid Yellowstone Park in the Summer,
but this year we had a number of guests who wanted to see it,
plus trips that took us through the park(s),
so we wound up going 5 times to Yellowstone and twice to Grand Teton.
Many of this quarter's pictures are from those trips.
got everyone in for free!
After a wet Spring,
we enjoyed a relatively dry Summer with temperatures slightly above
Pauline spent a lot of time on the garden and on finishing the
landscaping in the back of the house.
Check out the results
Pauline's friend Meg came to visit in July.
She had never been to Yellowstone,
so we took a very long day to show her a sample.
We started at Canary Spring to see its progress as it impinges on the
Past visits have documented the modifications needed:
The current configuration has lasted two years,
but the spring is still growing.
A must see is the
Grand Prismatic Spring;
it looks like the surface of another planet if
viewed from above.
We made stops at the
Fountain Paint Pots
as well as many other features.
We saw coyotes,
bison and elk,
but not in the numbers expected in Spring or Fall.
For several days in July the normal quiet of the canyon is disturbed by
farmers working dawn to dusk getting their hay in.
The result is a new color scheme and new shadow patterns formed by the
rows of mown hay waiting to be baled.
In early August we took several days off to travel with friends to
Grand Teton National Park
(2 days of 5-7 mile hikes)
(we stayed in our RV at a campground in the park),
and to attend two evenings of the
Grand Teton Music Festival.
ski area we took the easy way
to the top of
to look down the famed
We returned via Yellowstone park and stopped to take in a few sights.
Our big project for the Summer was to build a garden shed.
After much debate,
we decided to put it down near the garden;
this is not as handy as other locations,
but it is out of the way of snow plowing in the Winter.
We first thought to paint it to match the house,
but the colors made it very visible against the background of trees.
The final color scheme makes it nearly invisible from across the canyon
and less obtrusive from the Main House.
Check out the construction
In mid August Gary spent a few days at
Pauline's cousin Pat and husband John came for a short visit in late August,
so we took them over the
Chief Joseph Highway
to Cody to visit the
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
and stay at the historic
Unlike our previous two trips over the Beartooth Highway,
it did not snow on us.
We returned through Yellowstone Park,
making our 3rd visit there within a month.
In early September friends Norm and Carrol visited and we made a 4th
trip to Yellowstone.
In addition to the usual sights,
there was a rare treat:
we arrived at the
Great Fountain Geyser
as it was preparing to erupt.
We waited 1½ hours
(the eruptions occur every 8 to 12 hours)
to see it.
Unlike Old Faithful,
there are no crowds and the viewing area is quite close to the
people were joking about the possibility of getting splashed with hot
As an added treat,
White Dome Geyser
erupted at the same time.
Our fifth trip through Yellowstone and second through Grand Teton was
at the end of September,
when we took a short trip to Southern California.
The blazing reds and glowing yellows of the trees and bushes in the parks
our pictures do not do the scenery justice so we haven't posted any.
The purpose of our trip was to visit grand-daughters Lauren and Allison;
as an added treat,
Kendal dropped in for a day with boy-friend Brandon.
Uncle Tom's Trail
On our first trip to Yellowstone Park this year,
we made the 600' vertical descent of a heavily switch-backed,
paved trail to the viewing platform at the top of the Lower Falls of the
shown in the upper right of
a picture taken from
The vantage point gave us a view
(and nice telephoto picture)
Uncle Tom's Trail
across the canyon.
That trail is
a 500' vertical descent,
but involves long staircases clinging to the side of a cliff.
In either case,
flat-lander tourists regret the ease of descent when they undertake the
exhausting return ascent at an altitude of 8,000'.
Living at 5,400' gives us a significant edge.
Click on the picture above for a larger version
(3872×2592 pixels, 1.8MB).
check out an April 2008 view of the stairs from a different angle
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