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USA Road Trip - Yellowstone and Cody

Updated on August 6, 2012

Perhaps the greatest USA National Park!

Shootout in Cody main road
Shootout in Cody main road | Source
Grand Tetons from Yellowstone
Grand Tetons from Yellowstone | Source
Hee Haw!
Hee Haw! | Source
One of the great sights in the world-Old Faithful erupting!
One of the great sights in the world-Old Faithful erupting! | Source

What can one say except that The Tetons and Yellowstone Parks were wonderful! Great camping grounds with lots of warnings about bears, including photos of bears raiding cars and tents. One thing I must say about Audrey, she has always been considerate on the trip and even allowed me to sleep next to the door in the tent so that if a bear made his appearance I would be first to see it. She also decided to save on propane gas and spent quite some time lighting the stove without connecting the gas bottle. We also decided that $2 for a shower was just too much to pay and so we converted the tent into a suitable bathroom for pretty good bucket baths- and for free. To cap the day I could not understand why my camera would not click while a great sunset was begging to be photographed over Yellowstone Lake this evening until I realized I had not taken the lens cap off. We decided that I needed a list of reminders and the only trouble is who would remind me to check the list.

A visit to the geysers at Old Faithful 17 miles away was well worth the trip, (it shoots 8000 gals. of boiling water 200 feet into the air about every 70 minutes), and we also crossed the great divide twice (each way). On Monday as we travelled towards Montana (our 11th State) we passed over the 45 meridian –quite a momentous occasion that resulted in another photo. We have now taken about 10 000 photos and wonder if we will ever be able to even look at them all!

Yellowstone did not disappoint and on our way out we saw Elk and Buffalo (Bison). We found accommodation at Grant Village by arriving relatively early and then visited Old Faithfull that erupted on time and was quite amazing. Grant Village is a large campground (over 900 campsites) and a Lodge and shopping area on Lake Yellowstone that is at 121 sq miles the largest ‘high’ lake in the USA, and lies in a caldera with many geysers around her shores and some also visible in the water.

As we travelled out of the national park towards Cody, famous for the person it is named after, Buffalo Bill Cody, we saw some good ducks still to be identified and a light colored dove like bird with a longish tail that also has us mystified. The geese and ducks continue to move south and winter is beginning to bite- it was less than 40 degrees last night in camp. On our way to the national parks on the west we stopped at a wildlife refuge at Jacksons Hole to witness a very interesting sight. We watched as a large group of Canadian Geese arrived in the refuge only to be promptly chased away by an aggressive Trumpeter Swan that apparently believed this was his/her territory! This is apparently one of the few breeding places for these beautiful birds in the USA.


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    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      One of my favourite bird experiences on the trip.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A nice piece with some great photos! Never mess with the swans, no matter who or what you are.

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Did not wait to time them but they say it varies sonewhat, but otherwise is very consistent with in certain limits! Thanks for the comments.

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      6 years ago

      Very good pictures you have painted with words and then photos to back them up. I've not had the pleasure of travelling (and let me just pause briefly to say that I do appreciate the use of the double 'l' in modifying the word 'travel' - I always do that as well) to the northern Great Plains, but have always thought that seeing Old Faithful is something that would be pretty cool (and pretty warm/hot as well). I guess the one thing that I wonder is how consistent is the seventy-minute or so interval between the spouts of the geyser? Not that I expect that you waited around for several of these occurrences (did you?), but I do whether the timing oscillates or whether it is slowly declining/increasing. Very interesting descriptions and cool pictures though... (I hope you do get through all 10,000 of them.)


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