Thursday 2 June 2011

Day 4: Lots of old geysers

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park to Billings
Distance: 362 kms
Roadkill: 5
167 (or thereabouts)

This is part of a series of posts from our 2011 road trip. See the overview post for links to the other posts.

Today was another sunny and clear morning and after breakfast set off to look at all the geysers around Old Faithful. We were lucky to be walking past when the castle geyser was erupting, this was very impressive. We walked around the geysers for about 1.5 hours and really enjoyed it, but by the end were getting a bit tired of seeing steam coming out of the ground.
We took Jeremy in the stroller around the geyser walk. He was great almost all of the walk and only near the end was he getting a bit tired. At that point he was getting a bit annoyed when we stopped to take photos. Unfortunately Jeremy has reached the stage where he does not like having his photo taken so a number of the photos he is looking away!
The next stop was the Midway Geyser Basin which includes the Grand Prismatic Spring (which all the promo photos are from the air). By this stage Jeremy was already asleep so we had to take turns to go and walk around the boardwalk. The colours in these geysers this were fantastic however there was a lot of steam to get through!
By this stage it was mid afternoon and we needed to get to our hotel for the night (3 hours away), so we headed to Mammoth Springs for a late lunch and then the drove to Billings for our stay at Best Western Kelly Inn.

Top Tip for Google Directions: Watch out for the exits Google Maps suggests. They are always the exit before the destination (for the end of the journey). In some cases (as for us with the Best Western Kelly Inn) the best / closest exit was the one after the hotel and not the one immediately before.

Update: added the Top Tip, hotel info and Google Maps directions.
Update 2: added more photos and a link to the overview post.

1 comment:

Peter M said...

Moon landing conspiracy theory part two: You said you were going to the US. Now it's apparent that you actually went to New Zealand.