Pambling Roads ~~ Idaho to Wyoming

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Pambling Roads ~~ Idaho and Wyoming

 

Pambling Roads, Meeting the Americans continues. Our travels bring us to Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful! We met people from all over the world and from all over North America. There wasn’t one moment when we weren’t rubbernecking to see everything we possibly could. I call Yellowstone the Animal Kingdom of the West.

We stayed in Idaho and drove to the park from there.

 

Idaho

 

Rexburg, Idaho

 

Idaho is such a beautiful state. We stayed in Idaho because we wanted to be on the western side of Yellowstone. The Quality Inn was exactly that, good quality, good service, a good continental breakfast, and happy employees.

There were several families staying at the hotel from Utah (As seen by the multitude of Utah license plates in the parking lot). There was a young couple with small kids at the pool/spa while we were there. We chatted and had a wonderful time visiting with them. It was refreshing to know that not everyone who lives in Utah had perpetual frowns and were unhappy.

We were beginning to worry that the sense of entitlement and unhappiness was a Utah trait. So happy to have met this couple, they were wonderful, great sense of humor, and very enjoyable to be around.

 

Yellowstone National Park

 

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Wow!!!! Over two million acres of breathtaking beauty. Besides a multitude of forest, you can see canyons, geysers, mountains, cliffs, caldrons, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and a multitude of wildlife! We saw so many birds, hawks, eagles, antelope, deer, buffalo, elk, and moose. The buffalo were posing near the edge of the road.

Old Faithful Geyser…. Wow!

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Yes, my husband finally saw his moose. It took over 10,000 miles of traveling but he finally got his moose! We didn’t see any bears or mountain lions, although I did call “kitty, kitty” to no avail. We spent two days at the park and didn’t see everything. If we return, we will most likely make a point to stay in the park and for at least a minimum of three nights in order for us to be able to enjoy everything the park has to offer.

Lower Geyser Basin, Upper Geyser Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, West Thumb, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, and Mammoth Hot Springs are sites to see.

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It was windy, drizzly, and cold while we were there but it didn’t deter us or anyone else. The wind would blow the steam and particles of water into our faces. Fortunately, it was cold enough to cool down the water before it hit us.

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Some of the springs were deceiving, inviting, appearing warm and refreshing, but we knew enough not to walk anywhere but the boardwalks. As we walked along some of the boardwalks, we felt the steam and heat rising from underneath us.

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I was stunned by Mud Volcano. It was breathtaking. The volcanic bubbling and spitting of ferociously hot mud and the Dragon’s Mouth Spring was hissing and sputtering hot molten water and steam.

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The roads were being repaired in sections. It was definitely understandable. They needed to move roads to accommodate the expanding melting springs that tend to pop up anywhere they please.

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We had to add this to our photos. It's definitely something we have never seen before.

http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

 

Cody, Wyoming

 

We stayed at the Best Western Sunset Motor Inn

This was for us, a crash spot. We had every intention of seeing and touring the area. However, Yellowstone Park had been so incredible that we pushed ourselves to the max and our bodies and minds needed a rest. The need to sit down and do nothing out-weighed the desire for exploration.

www.codywyomingnet.com

 

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