Where to begin-lol-this was a fabulous trip one I had been looking forward to and planned for a year now.
The only down side was probably the very long hours riding in the car-to and from, and only way to see Yellowstone for us was in the car.
I do want to mention that if you have breathing health issues you will have a difficult time. I have asthma and wasn't sure how bad the altitude, sulfur odors, cold air would effect me and my friend is on oxygen 24-7 do to an autoimmune disease of her lungs so she had a difficult time. It didn't help matters that she bought a new oxygen making machine especially for this trip that was not working right so that made things more difficult for her however the company did ship out a new one the next day. I came home with a terrible cough that I still can't get rid of-but let me tell you it was all well worth it in the end. I just wish we would have planned to stay in the park for at least 10 days instead of the 7 days.
The highlight of my trip came on the last day in the park meeting my favorite author Peggy Henderson-- author of the Yellowstone romance time travel novels I have shared about.
It started out as a hike and turned into an entire day with her and her husband showing me parts of Yellowstone I had not yet seen. They visit the park often and showed me some of their favorite spots-I could feel their passion for the park That day was very special to me.
I am on the right of the photo-as I am getting older I am looking more and more like my Mom scarey lol
We were only able to visit the park for about a half day (each day) do to my friend's low oxygen levels but we did get to see allot in the end. Some areas of the park still had snow, some routes were still closed do to the snow, there was a water main break in one area too but the big plus for me--very few people in the park and baby bison-loved that. Summer time visits would just be too much caos for me
One morning while waiting for us to leave for the park I did some spinning out on the narrow deck of our motel kitchen rooms. It was pretty chilly so I made up a cup of hot tea. I was really pleased with our kitchen suite at the Alpine Motel in West Yellowstone-the owners did everything at the motel including all the cleaning of the rooms, excellent customer service, very very clean and cozy rooms I highly recommend them.
My view was the backside of allot of the business's but many ravens flying around and the mountains in the background were awesome.
The owners Brian and Patty bought the motel 12 years ago and it came with a "pet" wild marmot lol He is definately getting too many treats and is over weight. Marmy's favorite treat is dried apricots, of course we shared some of ours with him. He would greet us at the bottom of the stairs many mornings. very cute and fun Patty says he will go into hibernation in August.
I thought I would share a few photos more next week (do click to enlarge the photos for much better viewing) The sights were breath taking and an artist's pallet for creative ideas for sure.
I wanted to see bison up close and personal and we did-loved it
This is Yellowstone Lake-which looked like an angry ocean due to the 40-50 mile an hour winds that afternoon.