Sitting at a brewery in Hood River, Oregon right now after leaving Yellowstone early this morning. Will do a trip report at some point after my six-week journey is over, but wanted to get something out there now after all the incredible advice and guidance I received the past 16 months in planning this trip.
Yellowstone was amazing, and ended In a fitting way. As I drove along the Madison River around 7 this morning heading out of the park, saw several cars on the side of the road (about 9 miles from West Yellowstone) and it turned out to be a bull elk with about 10 females in a field just yards away from us.
This was just one of many magical moments during my three days. Even though I entered the park from GTNP on Monday morning and was staying at Lake Lodge cabins that night, decided to do the Upper Geyser basin that day and was treated to eruptions of Old Faithful, Daisy and Grand within a two and a half hour span. Was a bit turned off by the whole mob scene in OF village and the geyser itself, but LOVED the boardwalk and found Grand Geyser to be an incredible experience after an hour's wait.
That was just an amazing day overall. Did West Thumb to start the day (good intro to the park), and also did Firehole Lake Drive (White Dome erupted just as I arrived), the amazing view of Grand Prismatic from the hilltop along Fairy Falls trail, several waterfalls, a riverside dinner, Brink of Lower Falls at Canyon at sunset (had it to myself) and caught a bull elk stalking two females in Hayden Valley.
Battery is about dead on my phone so I'll return to my beer and continue this another time. Cheers all, and thanks again for all the help in making this an unforgettable trip.