Old Faithful to Colter Bay
Colter Bay Village Travel Blog› entry 9 of 14 › view all entries
September 17th, 2002 – by: kingelvis14
We stopped at Yellowstone Lake Village where lunch was being served in the main Lodge. Oh, pure bliss ~ a massive open fireplace with a roaring fire met us as we hurried out of the cold. Don't talk to me. Just let me stand here with my backside turned to this fire. When my skin feels like it might have third-degree burns, I will move. After about fifteen minutes or so, I was able to feel my fingers and toes again. Lunch was served. We walked through the cafeteria-style line, got our food, and sat down at one of the large tables. Jan and I got out our maps and studied the next leg of our journey. Because of the cold, our main objective was to make sure we had a warm room ready and waiting for us before dark.
There was really only one thing we wanted to see in the Park today ~ Old Faithful. A visit to Yellowstone National Park just isn't complete without seeing this natural wonder. Old Faithful is located in an area of the Park known as the Upper Geyser Basin where the largest concentration of geysers in the world is found.
Although the weather was miserable, the wildlife was stirring in the Park, perhaps looking for their dinner. Traffic was at a dead stop ahead, cars and pickup trucks were pulling off on the shoulder of the road and we thought, "Maybe a bad automobile accident?" It turned out to be a herd of elk, very close to the road and not bothered by anyone or anything. Magnificent animals. Strong and healthy and at peace in their protected surroundings.
Colter Bay Village is located inside the Grand Teton National Park which adjoins Yellowstone Park. When you drive out of the Yellowstone exit, you are entering the Grand Teton Park. All we had to do was read the well-marked road signs to find our way. When we checked in at the office, we were given our cabin number, two keys, and the weather forecast. SNOW! Four to six inches of the white stuff was expected at 8,000 feet and above. I only wanted to know one thing ~ is the heat turned on? We had been assigned to Cabin 484 which was situated towards the back of the Village, but near the restaurant. Two radiant propane wall heaters, one in each bedroom, warmed the cabin up nicely. There was no television or telephone, but we had hot water, clean towels and clean sheets. As far as I was concerned, this little cabin was heaven on earth and equally as nice as any five-star hotel.
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