Hello everyone. Our trip is getting closer and closer and I am reading more and more from these and other forums, guide books, etc. I will be traveling with my husband in June and I really like to come up with a detailed itinerary before a trip. I fully understand tese plans will change and they are not written in stone. I'm just wondering if I'm trying to fit too much into a day, not enough, etc. as background, we are (relAtively) fit and active and tend to take WAY to many photographs. Here is what I have planned for the Yellowstone portion of the trip:
June 10: leave colter bay cabin very early stopping for morning photographs as we drive toward Yellowstone. Spend an hour or two at west thumb basin en route to old fAithful. See the upper geyser basin before dinner at the Inn. If time allows before dinner rent bikes and bike to lonestar geyser? Sleep in the budget cabins unless we can get into the inn(I've been calling twice a day).
June 11: get an eArly start and head toward the lower geyser basin. Walk through here for about 2 hours? Midway geyser basin for approximately 2 hours? Black sand and biscuit basins. Fountain paint pots and fire hole lake drive. We will have a picnic lunch from a cooler and would like to be back at old faithful for a late dinner at the Inn again or snow lodge. Is this too much to do in a dAy? Would we have time to hike to fairy falls? Night at old faithful again.
June 12: drive toward Yellowstone lake. Briefly check out the area including the hotel. Walk across fishing bridge scouting for wildlife ( thanks Pam !!). Head toward canyon seeing whatever is along the way. Do as much around canyon as time allows before an early dinner. Try to head into Hayden valley at sunset. Sleep in a canyon cabin.
June 13: check out grand canyon again by morning light. Try to catch the 9:45 rainbow before heading toward Norris. Spend an hour or two at norris before driving toward mammoth. Walk the main terraces and drive the upper loop. Drive out to the Roosevelt arch and photograph it. Head toward tower- Roosevelt getting there before dark but stoping for sites along the way. Dinner at Roosevelt. Sleep in a rough rider cabin.
June 14: get up early for sunrise in the Lamar valley. Take our time here if there is anything interesting to see. Return to Roosevelt area to see tower falls and possibly petrified tree unless we had time to do this the night before. Exit the park via the beartooth highway, spending the night in red lodge and the next night in Cody. This is the day the beartooth is scheduled to open so I will be a nervous wreck about that.
Thanks for reading this very long post and please provide any suggestions. Also, I apologize for the poor grammar and sentence structure. I am not illiterate, just trying to type on an iPad. Thanks, Dina .