We took 14 from the east into Yellowstone. On the drive we saw a handful of open campgrounds and figured we could use Rex Hale or West Yellowstone as a back up if we couldn't find anything open in Yellowstone. As luck would have it, we rolled into the Lewis Lake campground around 5:30pm and had no problem snagging a spot. Ended up staying a couple of nights.
Monday 7:20am - Off To Adventure!
Monday was a full day of adventuring. 12 full hours. We woke up to a cool 45 degrees and made our way over to Old Faithful. We had an hour to spare before it's eruption so we hiked around the geyser basin and checked out some of the smaller springs.
From Old Faithful we took off for the Biscuit Basin & Mystic Falls hike. The Little Firehole Loop I believe it is around 3.5miles, in total we hiked 4.2miles. Little legs and all. The trail starts near the back of the boardwalk just passed the last thermal pool. (FYI - Thermal pools running close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't stick your finger in there!)
After finishing up the Mystic Falls hike, we strolled up Yellowstone and had lunch at the Madison information center. We decided to check out Artist's Point. We had a feeling the kid's legs were running on fumes and we were right. We saw Lower Falls but didn't make the full walk up to Ribbon Lake. Leaving Artist's Point we decided to stop at Sulphur Caldron.
I gotta say, and collectively, we all felt that Sulphur Caldron was our favorite stop in Yellowstone. I mean, where else do you get to see a Mud Volcano!? This is one of the most acidic springs in Yellowstone...acidic as a car battery! The Dragon's Mouth Hot Spring sounded exactly like that, a Dragon breathing.
Took us 15 minutes to break down camp and eat a snack before hitting the road north. Our plan was to drive up to Mammoth Hot Springs before heading south into the Tetons...change of plans. We stopped at Middle Geyser Basin. The craters, falls, springs were awesome however it was 45 degrees so steam filled the air with little visibility. The Grand Prismatic too, was covered in steam. So we decided to continue north, and we ended up stuck (about 8 cars back) in a Bison traffic jam. The %@#*&%@# first car refused to go around the two bison so we sat in about two hours of traffic before reaching Roaring Mountain. We stopped briefly and decided not to waste our day in the traffic heading north and figured we should head back to the Fairy Falls trailhead and check out the Grand Prismatic from above.
We stopped by the visor center and continued on our journey south towards the Tetons. Bridger-Teton National Forest was the destination with some high elevation camping!
As Always, a huge thank you to the Rangers, Yellowstone staff and volunteers. It may be the most dangerous National Park in the US, but is defintely not one to be missed!