Hanging with Yogi and Boo Boo (or Rich and Linda venture into Yellowstone)

Thursday, May 14, 2014

We have to leave our luxury accommodations today.  Not happy. I hope I can accept the change…

Another great workout this morning – our last in the awesome fitness room.  And, yes, we both had the trout for breakfast.

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Time to pack up.  Rich is relentless about razzing me on the sheer number of bags I have brought.  I know, I know.  I think I figured since we are traveling in the car I could pack “heavy” and have choices everyday of the ensemble I wanted to wear.  I really can pack light, I just chose not to.

Yes.  I need all this.
Yes. I need all this.
How can you possibly travel with this one dinkly little bag?
How can you possibly travel with this one dinkly little bag?

We said our goodbyes to the staff and set off with Jellystone (Yellowstone) as our goal for today. If you don’t like photo posts, I suggest you shut this down right now.  Most of the rest of this post will be photos.  You just can’t appreciate how beautiful both of these National Parks are until you visit.

Goodbye from our balcony at the "Seasons."
Goodbye from our balcony at the “Seasons.”

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We took the picture on the wrong side of this sign!  We were ENTERING Yellowstone.
We took the picture on the wrong side of this sign! We were ENTERING Yellowstone.

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Tons of snow!
Tons of snow!

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Kepler Cascades - where we heard a tourist loudly exclaim "If you didn't do your research (which we didn't) you would NEVER stop here. You would pass right by"
Kepler Cascades – where we heard a tourist loudly exclaim “If you didn’t do your research (which we didn’t) you would NEVER stop here. You would pass right by”

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Our destination for the evening is the Old Faithful Inn.  It was built in 1904 and is the oldest log structure in the world.  It is exquisite.  Totally beautiful.

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I know you are all wondering what our room is like with no tv, no internet, and specifically NO bathroom.  I am here to tell you it is great!

Cuuute!  And cozy.
Cuuute! And cozy.

When we checked in, the agent asked us which room we would like and he took out a map of the property.  He almost gasped when he realized that room 46 was open.  It was a very large corner room and had a direct look at Old Faithful.  Yes.  We will take that one.

Looking at Old Faithful.  Will she blow?
Looking at Old Faithful. Will she blow?

We decided to take a nice hike around the back of Old Faithful and most of the geyser basin before dinner.  WE had no idea it was so extensive.  Absolutely spectacular.

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Old Faithful smoking in the background

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We have a reservation for dinner at 7:45 and decide to try and make it back for the next eruption of Old Faithful.  We almost make it…

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We decide to have a quick Happy Hour on the mezzanine level.  Then we make the sane decision to see if we can move our rez up to 8:00.  In the fashion of the 4 Seasons, the answer is “certainly.”  We instantly get out of rush mode and settle in for a bit of relaxation.

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Looking down from the mezzanine
Looking down from the mezzanine
Overlooking the huge dining room
Overlooking the huge dining room

We enjoy watching the two lines at the dining room :  reservations and no reservations.  We are very happy that we have secured reservations (a couple of months ago!)  We are also convinced that this is the only time of year to come to Yellowstone.  We can’t imagine being here in the summer when the crowds are swarming.  It is perfect to be here right now.

Dinnertime rolls around and we are shown to our table in the huge dining room.  Our server, Joshua, is a pro and we enjoy his service.  I order the quail and Rich asks for the Bison stew.  Both are very good and probably more so since we are starving!

Yummy quail
Yummy quail
Rich enjoys his Bison stew
Rich enjoys his Bison stew

It has been a wonderful day in Yellowstone.  Tomorrow’s plan is to do a larger version of the geyser basin hike that we did today and then move on northward towards the north entrance, stopping anywhere that looks good along the way.

I only hope I don’t have to get up and use the bathroom down the hall tonight…

 

 

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