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Gibbon Falls

Monday morning we enjoyed breakfast in the dining room; we wanted to make sure we got a good meal since we weren’t sure when lunch would be.  We left Mammoth at a good time but made three stops on our way out of the park.  First, we pulled over at Gibbon Falls which conveniently was visible from the road.  Next, we stopped for a final photo op of a small herd of elk.  Finally, we noticed a number of cars pulled over not far from the park’s boundary.  We hopped out and headed towards the river where the crowd had gathered to watch two bald eagles, one in the tree across the river, the other guarding the bank.

We took a quick break at the Visitor Center in West Yellowstone (restroom break and the chance for my dad to pick up brochures for the next trip).  Then we set off for Salt Lake City.  The trip was very uneventful (I actually dozed off) once we got past lunch.  We wanted to eat at another Frontier Pies, and we knew there was one in Idaho Falls; we had eaten there several years before.  Unfortunately, they had moved from their previous location, and we had to resort to using a phonebook and calling them for directions.  The pie was worth it though.  We reached the capital around rush hour, but traffic was not bad.  Our relaxing evening consisted of repacking the suitcases for tomorrow’s flight home, going for a swim in the hotel’s outdoor pool, and ordering in pizza for dinner.

Kramerdude says:
Cool trip. Apparently I missed you by a day in SLC as I connected through there on my way home from my trip on 8/6.
Posted on: Aug 13, 2007
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Gibbon Falls
Gibbon Falls
the fireplace in Mammoth Hotel
the fireplace in Mammoth Hotel
Map made of several types of wood …
Map made of several types of wood…
Elk
Elk
Painted bison in West Yellowstone
Painted bison in West Yellowstone
Lava formation
Lava formation