You could take days going through Yellowstone National Park. People come back year after year just to see it all. We went from West Yellowstone after meeting up with Paul and Joan, aka Buffaloman and Buffalo Gal, to the Lake Hotel where we had a room reserved.
The west entrance road follows the Madison River. This bald eagle was perched very close. Even zeroing in on it even closer, we can't figure out what that spot is on his breast. It will remain an unsolved mystery! Many of the buffalo are very tolerant of people in the park. We saw quite a few. This fellow didn't seem one bit phased by the "buffalo backup" and all the people who had hopped out of their cars to get a photo.
Coming down the road towards Old Faithful, steam rose off a raised hump that was the Fountain Paint Pot area. At the far end of this area, Paul and Joan had recommended that we be sure to drive the Firehole Lake Drive. The photo on the right is of Firehole Spring - a beautifully colored spring.
Also on Firehole Lake Drive was a small active geyser- Artesia - that erupted every minute or so. There is such a variety of geysers, some going off only every few years. Grand Prismatic Spring is often photographed because of its gorgeous colors. Paul also told us how to get a clear overhead shot of this beauty- . What a huffer of a hill that was!
And, then of course, there is Old Faithful. We had just missed the last eruption so ate in the Old Faithful dining room. It is almost a necessity to have a reservation for dinner and recommended for lunch, but since we came at the end of the serving period, we were able to get in with only a ten minute wait.
We had only a few minutes to wait for the next eruption. Then we headed to Lake Village. We lucked out because the road construction was finished for the day. The Lake Hotel is a gorgeous old hotel. We stayed in a little cabin but enjoyed sitting in the room overlooking the lake after dinner. We watched the sun go down, hoping for a nice sunset but it fizzled.
While many rental RVs drove through Yellowstone, touring in an RV does limit where you can stop. Many places there isn't much room. They are prohibited from certain areas like the Firehole Lake Drive. Best to park and explore with your tow or toad. And, for staying in the park during the high season, make sure you have a reservation so you are not disappointed. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak