Stuff We Saw @ Yellowstone National Park

Rapids

Rapids

Day 19   June 28

YELLOWSTONE

This was one freakin’ spectacular day!!!! Why? Because Yellowstone is so freakin’ gigantic and so freakin’ amazing!!! 

I drove through Yellowstone 30 years ago, on my way from Calgary to Atlanta (weird…yes…just was where I was and where I got a car to drive to). I only saw a tiny fraction of the park back then, and it was so long ago that I barely remember it. So, this was really just like my first time there.

We spent all day driving the loop road, 156 miles total, and stopping at different spots to hike around and see the sights. It was a non-stop feast for the eyes and senses.

The weather was pretty fickle, and we experienced everything from sun, to rain, to hail (yes, it hailed on us again!). The weather was constantly changing throughout the day. But it worked out great. It’d be pouring rain, and we’d wait in the RV for 5-10 minutes until it stopped raining. Then the sun would come out, and we’d go have a look around. And then it’d start raining (or hailing) again. Couldn’t have asked for more perfect timing!

I’m assuming that, due to the weather, a lot of people probably stayed home this weekend. And that was good for us, as it cut way down on the number of tourists in the park. Again, impeccable timing!

 Stuff We Saw

Elk

Bison…lots and lots of them!

Bison

Bison

Get the heck out of our way!!

Get the heck out of our way!!

Waterfalls

Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall & river

Waterfall & river

Waterfall

Waterfall

Creeks, streams, rivers and lakes

Mark @ Yellowstone Lake

Mark @ Yellowstone Lake

People fly fishing

Geisers

Weird geothermal stuff

Geothermal stuff

Geothermal stuff

Geothermal stuff

Geothermal stuff

Forests

Tall trees

Tall trees

Celebrating Crummy Canned Foods From the 1960’s

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Day #8

Since we’d un-virginized  the RV propane stove yesterday while preparing a wholesome  dinner of Dinty Moore Stew, it was easy to do the same today. So, while sitting in the Bridge RV Park in White Salmon, Washington, while Lew Farber began work on our solar upgrade, we dove right into another culinary bastardaization…lunch…Chef Boyardee Spaghetti and Meatballs.

My normally healthy eating habits were on a speedy decline. And I was actually enjoying it. I devoured the spaghetti and meatballs. I have heard people say that everything tastes extra good when you’re glamping, and I was beginning to believe it, ‘cause here I was, kind of enjoying my can of spaghetti!!

After lunch, Mark and I headed out on a day trip in a rental car, while Lew worked on the rig.

Lew, working on our solar panel install & upgrade. White Salmon, WA

Lew, working on our solar panel install & upgrade. White Salmon, WA

We drove west from White Salmon, through Carson, and ended up at the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center. Cool museum.

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Washington

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Washington

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum

Ya know what I learned at the Interpretive Center? That in Skamania County, it is illegal to hunt Sasquatch (Big Foot.).  The reason being this….If Big Foot was killed, and was deemed a human, than he would fall under the jurisdiction of the Sherriff’s Department. If Big Foot was killed and was deemed an animal, he would fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Fish and Game. Neither department wanted to deal with it, so they just made it illegal to hunt him. Makes sense.

Enough of filling our brains with cultural stuff and information that’s difficult to retain. So we drove back over to the Oregon side of the river, to Multnomah Falls.

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Mark, hiking back down @ Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Mark, hiking back down @ Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Hiked to the top. I think it was about a mile to the top, via some steep switchbacks. We did secret races against the other hikers. Kicked ass on every single one of them. Slow and steady never wins any race. Faster is better, even if it kills you.