Bridge across Firehole River to Midway Geyser Basin.
Geyser Pool at Midway Sulfer Flume in Background
Algae at Eliptical Pool. Fires of 1988 Ravaged the Whole
|| I drove easily over Craig Pass (8262 ft) through
burned out forest from the fires of 1988. Beh enjoyed Kapler
Cascades and we got pictures. Old Faithful was erupting when we entered
the valley. Wasted a lot of time in the hot sun for Old Lateful to
do it again, so missed out on the longer Geyser Hill trail.
Beh did get pictures of the Inn's log interior. She lost her credit
card and heavy worry set in about that. We got gas and full service
for $1.26 per gallon--it would be the cheapest gas until we got back to
Texas! I wheelchaired the entire Midway Geyser Basin with its amazing
colored pools. Beh took many pictures. At the Norris Geyser
Basin, I got rained on and had trouble coming up a steep gravel trail
filled with Chinese tourists. They offered to push, but I made it
when they cleared the path. Then it was 22 miles of bad road and
a brief stop for road construction. After that, I stopped and she
climbed rock at the Obsidian Cliff--a regular mountain climber! We
stopped for elk at Gardner River and Beh got close pictures--she was so
excited! At Mammoth Hot Springs, a herd of elk lounged on the shimmering
white flats like they have for thousands of years without burning their
feet. Then it was rough road and high passes to Tower Falls.
In 1966, I pulled up to a bear there. Miles of beautiful habitat,
but we didn't see any animals. I got out, but didn't get to
the falls. At Canyon Lodge, we stayed in a brand new building with
expensive rooms, no phones, and poor disability design. I was beat
from the exertion and sun of the day, but we had to wait for an hour to
eat trout in the expensive dining room. It rained. Canyon was
Harley Heaven. Bikers going to the meet in Sturges, SD.
Steep Gravel Trail to Norris Geyser Basin
Beh Rock Climbing
Beh's Shot of Me in the Van at Obsidian Cliff. She Climbed
High on the Rocks to Take This One
Elk Cow Grazing at Gibbon River
|| Beh got great cloudy pictures of the Falls.
I was strapped in and didn't get out. I made her stop for deer, and
she got some close pictures. Then, along the Yellowstone River, we
came upon herds of buffalo. We didn't get to see any bear, moose,
or sheep, but Beh enjoyed every animal she did see. In spite of the
rain, the Tetons were majestic, and Beh got pictures. Jackson was
a zoo of summer tourists and more bikers. We couldn't stop to see
the elk horns in the square because of heavy traffic and no parking.
After the high pass over the shoulder of the Tetons from Jackson, we entered
Idaho. Here, the high wheat fields were marvelous, and Beh wanted
to stop for potatoes. I took over and drove us south on I 15 to Provo.
With the mountains on my left and the Great Salt Lake on my right, it was
a race to get there before dark. After miles of narrow construction
lanes in Salt Lake City, my right hand was spasming to the point that it
was coming out of my steering tripin. Beh pushed it back in place
and we only relaxed in our motel room. The buffet had no take out.
I mis-ordered at the Wendy's drive thru. Beh was tired and angry.
We decided to stop earlier the rest of the trip.
Beautiful Undine Falls
Elk on the Flats at Mommoth Springs
|| I drove out over Soldier
Pass to Green River on I 70. In the high desert, I had trouble keeping
my speed up. Beh took it for fatigue again, and insisted on driving.
We stopped at Arches National Park. We wasted a lot of time looking
for arches we couldn't see from the road. Finally, we saw several
arches, but I couldn't get out because it was raining. There wasn't
time to go to all the sights in the area. We drove on, only stopping
briefly at the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, then to Durango for
the night. The Budget Inn had only a three bed non disabled room.
The Comfort Inn called several other motels--no rooms. I had visions
of driving to Santa Fe in the night, Beh in hysterics. Back at the
Budget Inn, we took the large room and it was very comfortable. We
wheelchaired down to a KFC and brought back chicken in a light rain.
The dome light was on in the van. Nothing we did would turn it off.
Beh worried about a dead battery in the morning. I knew the emergency
battery would start us.
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
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