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Published: October 13th 2011
What a great day, I finally learned how to enjoy the park.
Oscar and I left Gardiner about 9:15 am and headed south toward Madison. We took our time and saw so many beautiful scenes, to many to even count. We stopped at Swan Lake to see what was about. The lake was a mirror so had to take some shots of that. Then I discovered that there were 2 mature eagles sitting in a tree so I had to get them. Pictures It was a beautiful peaceful spot so I took my time and just smelled the air and listened.
Then I found a really nice picnic area for Oscar to have a little walk and smell. He has been very lethargic for several days and I thought he was depressed or sick or something. It may have been altitude sickness. Today he is a different dog. Eager to walk, and full of energy; but maybe that’s not a good thing.
I took another dirt side road that was only 2 miles long to the cascade waterfall..picture
Then came Norris Geyser Basin. It was an incredibly large area, the picture is only 1/3 of the whole thing. You can only
wonder what is going on under the ground. The colors were very vivid and always the hiss and splatter of the working geysers. Lots of pictures.
Our last stop was Gibbon Falls and quite the falls it was. More pictures.
The forest on this side of the park was almost all destroyed in the 1988 fire but it is amazing how it is returning. The new trees are 10 to 15 ft high and blanket the slopes like a carpet. It’s green again.
We arrived at our campground and I had intended to check in and see what the site was like and then go exploring more. Well, all good plans……The place is terrific and I didn’t want to leave so I didn’t. If anybody ever camps in Yellowstone come to Madison campground. There is no electric, water, or showers but it is the most beautiful spot and on the Madison River. Pictures There is plenty of space between campers and lots of shade trees. They do have flush toilets and each wash house has a separate room to wash dishes. They don’t want any smell of food around because of bears and wolves and coyotes. The water is cold
but it works.
When I was setting up camp I put Oscar on the leash outside and he was just as happy as can be, he settled right in too. I took him for another walk, met a women from Carmel, Indiana, where I just visited my cousins. We may kayak together although I can’t imagine when. My day tomorrow is booked visiting Old Faithful.
I went to the river and had a ball taking pictures of a lone bison and the men fishing. What a terrific spot.
I made myself a great dinner and went to the ranger program about bison at 8pm. Now I know it all. Came back in the dark and the stars were really outdoing themselves. It’s wonderful to have a dark sky.
I’m late to bed tonight, hoping to hear the coyotes again.
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