The greatest road trip continues on in Yellowstone’s Lodge, where Dutton and I are enjoying life to the fullest – and here Dutton takes my picture.
Old Faithful is an amazing site to see; people take their seats in the viewing stand and note the countdown until the next release of hot steam and water high into the air – right on time.
Everywhere you look around Yellowstone National Park you see the most amazing sights…geysers and hot pools of boiling mud; here Old Faithful starts to blow its top.
Old Faithful begins to blow, and the hot steam and water launch into the air on a beautiful day in Yellowstone National Park.
I’ve always liked this picture of “yours truly” at Old Faithful, as the geyser continues to blow steam and water high into the air.
Wild, young and untamed…at least at heart; and enjoying every minute of this greatest road trip ever.
You’re only young once, so enjoy it and go along for the ride as far as it will take you – and live your dreams.
Time to “mosey on down to the river,” and wash up a little…I would have loved to have grown up on a ranch as a cowboy.
We slept in Dutton’s car last night…so now it’s time to wash up in the river and make ourselves look presentable.
Here I’m “goin’ down to the river” to look for an ideal place to “clean up a bit.”
Dutton and I will try out vastly different “techniques” to do the job at hand: my “Freestyle” technique versus Dutton’s “Earth Crawler” technique.
The most important part of this competition is that my boots and hat stay high and dry; and here they cast the shadow of a man behind them.
So here’s my straight ahead or “Freestyle” technique for washing my hair in the river; time tested and almost guaranteed to do the job right every time.
Dutton uses a little used and contrasting style that I call the “Earth Crawler” technique…and falls in head first when the grass refuses to hold him on the river bank.
So Dutton is quick to score some positive points with the judges, and finishes up his performance with a classic “River Walk” display…he’s a pro and the judges award him the title based on style points alone!
Here’s a bubbling pit of hot mud – not the place to stumble into by accident.
We walk on elevated walkways in this area for our own safety, and every mud pit puts on a great show in its own way.
Even the ground itself seems to steam, demonstrating the tremendous heat that must lie below the surface in the Yellowstone area to generate so many geysers and mud pits.
I stay well clear of anything that looks uninviting, not wanting to spoil or scald anything on this road trip – especially me.
A herd of buffalo graze in the distance on the far shore of Yellowstone Lake in the beautiful afternoon sunshine.
There seems to be wildlife everywhere you look…and of course we want to get a closer look.
These buffalo are closer to the road, so we stop the car and I go to take a closer look…not the smartest idea I ever came up with.
Even I know that it’s not a very smart idea on my part to walk closer to wild, unfenced buffalo – because they’re a lot bigger than I am…
But I walk closer anyway (something about being young and invincible); knowing that they could make mincemeat out of me but it worked – at least this time!
Here are a couple of moose minding their own business in the swampy marshes of the river basin.
There’s plenty of fresh green grass here for everyone, and no tourists to bother their lunch.
The moose stay pretty much to themselves…they don’t care much for tourists and cameras anyway.
The moose are pretty impressive to look at and it seems that little distracts them from their primary job – of eating as much lush green grass as they can.