When we saw this Road Scholar trip, Yellowstone’s Great Outdoors: An Intergenerational Adventure, we suggested it to our granddaughters. Their parents chimed in: "We want to come too", so all available family members met for the course.
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On the high lonesome CR23 north of Wamsetter, WY, we saw more pronghorns than pickups! [click]

We never before saw a sign like this one, south of Buffalo Bill Reservoir. [click]

"At just the right angle, I can get flowers, burned tree trunks, Lake Yellowstone and distant mountains"--Marilyn

Self portrait-standing in Yellowstone Lake, next to the fumarole at Steamboat Point [above], near the bulge

Got trash? Just be unethical: dump it in a thermal feature for all to enjoy!

The Dragon's Mouth belched out hot water and sulfurous fumes in rhythmic sloshings at Mud Volcano.

Chinese epsilons had the proper pose for Mom at Tower Falls.

This black bear was chowing down on the Blacktail Deer Plateau.

Home for the next six days: the Yellowstone River Motel, with fine rooms and a patio in the back overlooking the Yellowstone River.

The family relaxes together on the back patio, sans photographer Marilyn.

Our fearless leaders, Lee and Debby, were knowledgeable, efficient, and FUN!

The Wagon Wheel Trading Post had a variety of regional brews. I had to try two different brews a day to get an adequate sample.

Elk browsed around the motel every day.

Undine Falls of the Gardner River.

Tower Fall in morning light.

All traffic, including our coach, had to stop for what is locally known as a "Yellowstone Road Block". In this case, the delay was minimal.

Upper Yellowstone Falls, 109 ft. high.

Canyon walls reveal how Yellowstone got its name.

This is close as I have gotten to seeing a Pine Marten. Our Guide and Naturalist, Lee, was able to identify the scat after analysis and consulting one of his many reference books. A museum mount at the Albright Visitor Center shows the elusive critter [below]

Lower Yellowstone Falls is 308 ft. high

This Bull Elk rested in the shade by our route.

The crowd anticipates a predicted eruption of Old Faithful

Dramatic, sulfurous, warm water blew out of Old Faithful Geyser within the predicted time interval. Lee told us to cover our camera lenses and to clean our glasses quickly: the super-saturated siliceous solution can permanently fleck glass.[click]

We marched around the Upper Geyser Basin in an effort to arrive at Daisy Geyser before it erupted. It blew when were about 0.3 miles away [above]. Luckily, Chromatic Pool waited for us [click]:

Grotto Geyser's weird cone splashed out steam and water.

After a box lunch at the Lodge, we watched Old Faithful erupt again, then went to the Volcanic Tableland, where Fountain Paint Pot gurgled and percolated...

...and multiple geysers blew. [click]

As evening fell and we returned to Gardiner, we spied a young Grizzly Bear foraging on the slope above.

The next morning, we hiked behind Mammoth Springs from the Golden Gate [above]. The view back to Gardner's Hole is below:

Travertine Deposits dot the top of Mammoth Hot Springs. We X/C skied past this feature in December of the Great Fire Year.

The travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs dwarf other Yellowstone deposited features. [click]

Next, a mountain horse-back ride at Jardine, from Flying Pig. It was followed by a Chuck Wagon BBQ,...

...wranglers who sang for their supper, and some serious photography!

The next day, we toured the archives at the Heritage and Research Center, then off on an overnight rafting trip, [click] which included a family night in a teepee, serenaded by snores! =>

As we paddled downstream by Devil's Slide, our guides deliberately took us through class II-III rapids to cool us off. [click]

Other river activities included stopping at a hot springs to warm up and skip rocks, water fights [above right], and "Spin the Rafter Off the Front" [below right]

After our Farewell Dinner, we convinced all the Grand Kids to pose for a group photo. Adults were too ill-behaved to pose.

Naturalist and Guide, Lee Harry, donned the proper garb to play Truman Everts, Lost in Yellowstone.

Final day, final hike along a rail bed overlooking the Yellowstone.

Big Horn Sheep watched over the road to Mammoth as we drove south.

Following lunch at Mammoth, we split up to return home. Marilyn and I went out the Beartooth Highway. Pilot Peak is not the tooth.

This cataract through basement rocks has no name? [click]

Beartooth Butte rocks range from Precambrian to Devonian age.

This glacially-carved horn is the beartooth, on Beartooth Plateau.

We spent the night at a fine restored hotel, The Pollard, in Red Lodge Montana. It had a delightful pub, and an eggs Benedict variant for breakfast (served on crab cakes!) Because Tennessee pass was closed from Minturn to Leadville (the road collapsed into an old tunnel), we got to spent the night at Minturn then detoured via Climax and Leadville to home.

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