Our final day in Yellowstone, we had planned to spend at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, getting some photos and doing some hiking before the long travel day back home. We had breakfast at the Lake Lodge and headed up to the canyon, which wasn’t that far away.
First we parked and got the shots everyone gets from Artist Point.
The we drove back down and parked to hike a little ways on the Clear Lake trail.
There were even more geothermal areas on this hiking trail. It seems like no matter where we went, you could not escape the smell of sulfur.
We kept going around Clear Lake and somehow ended up high above Artist Point, where we got some great photos of the Canyon.
Mike, in a photo that might make his parents cringe because he is so close to the edge
We hiked down and back to the car, and drove around to Canyon Village for lunch. We really wanted to eat at the diner-type restaurant in the Canyon Lodge General Store, but there was a long, long wait. So we went more upscale and had lunch at the Canyon Lodge Dining Room, which looked straight out of the 1950s.
Fortified for more hiking, even though by this time I had almost too many blisters to count, we hiked on the north side of the canyon for a few hours.
We managed to get dinner reservations at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel for our last night, but we had to get there early. That worked out well, because we had to get up at 4:00 a.m. in order to make our flight out of Jackson in the morning. Driving through the park in the dark on not enough sleep in order to be hassled at the airport did not make for a fun day. We did have some good Mexican food in the Dallas airport, but I think I can stop the chronicle of our Wyoming trip here, on a high note. In short, we loved it and we immediately starting thinking about going back. We’d really like to go in the winter to do some snowshoeing and maybe cross-country skiing, and seeing how it all looks in the snow. Thanks for the memories, Wyoming!