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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