A Journal, with Pictures

Geothermal landscape, beautiful scenery and more wild life.

by on Sep.25, 2013, under Flying

Day three and four in Yellowstone park was focused primarily on viewing Yellowstone’s incredible landscape. There were wild life siteings as well. We started Saturday early and watched the sunrise from Fisherman’s bridge, then proceeded along the lake shore looking for wildlife, including a short hike to the lake. We then headed up through the Hayden Valley, checked for wolves, saw more bison, then headed for Yellowstone’s grand canyon area. Here we hiked to view the upper falls on the Yellowstone river, then drove to see the lower falls and the canyon carved by the river. We finished the day in the Yellowstone geyser basin, watching old faithful doing its thing. We stayed at Snow lodge, which is next to Old Faithful lodge where we had dinner, with our guide Vickie.

Sun rise from fishermans bridgeChipmonk lunch timeGrey JayYellowstone LakeHayden ValleyUpper FallsGil and Joyce at the lower fallsLower FallsGrand Canyon of YellowstoneElk feedingUpper Geyser BasinEntering the Geyser basinOld Faithful

Our Final day was spent completing our viewing of the geysers and geothermal area. We saw all four types of geothermal activity including geysers, with the Riverside geyser the most spectacular. We also see hot spring, steam vents and mud pots. The day included a hike to view Chromatic hot springs from the mountain side, then up close to see the incredible colors caused by bacteria. We crossed the Firehole river that is warmed four degrees by the hot spring run off. We stopped to photograph a pair of beautiful swans of the river before heading for the town of West Yellowstone for lunch, then back to Bozeman. We say our fair well to Vickie our great guide and started our flight planning for our return trip to Dayton.

Riverside GeyserYellowstone Geyser areaSteamGeothermal SpringSmall GeyserChromatic PoolChromatic color showSteam VentMud PotFirehole RiverSwansOur Guide Vickie

 

Monday morning we were up at 5:00 AM and it looked like a challenging flight home. Freezing levels were forecast from 7 to 10 thousand and we needed to fly at 11.000 thousand to get over terrain out of Bozeman. There is a frontal system stretching along the Montana/South Dakota boarder with heavy precipitation and some convective activity. We have a plan B and were in the air at sun rise, 7:15 AM MDT. We climb out of Bozeman, primed our TKS antii-ice system, the temperature was ‑4 degrees, we were in the clouds but no ice. So far so good and ATC took us up to 12,000 feet, which gives us a better tailwind. We saw the precipitation on our in cockpit weather display and after conferring with ATC decided to deviate to the north. As we penetrated the heavy rain we could see heavier rain and embedded thunderstorms to the south, we guessed right, and the plane got a good washing. We flew into clear weather and landed in Pierre, South Dakota for a quick refuel and were back in the air in less than thirty minutes on our way to Cedar Rapids Iowa. Another quick turn around and we were on our way to Dayton, our home base. We land at sunset 7:15 PM EDT, having flown home in 10 hours elapsed time and about 9 hours in the air. It was a looooong day, to end a great trip that put 22.6 hours on the hobbs meter. We enjoyed our travels, but after six different beds, it was great to be home in our own bed again.

Fall 2013 Route

 

 

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