We spent two days in the park in mid- September. We stayed at the Old Faithful Inn and concentrated on touring the lower loop during our two day visit. We ate our meals in the dining room of the Old Faithful Inn and enjoyed the buffet at both breakfast and dinner. This is the first time we have ever stayed in the park when visiting Yellowstone. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked the convenience of staying near the sights and the fact that we did not have to do so much driving.
We were a little surprised to see so many people in the park at this time of the year. We had just spent three days in Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons and encountered a number of people in the park and the town square in Jackson Hole was really crowded.
The first day began with a snow in the higher elevations and some icy patches on the roads. We stopped and toured the area around West Thumb and Lake Yellowstone then headed to Lewis Lake and the Kepler Cascades. We arrived at Old Faithful and toured the Visitor Center and found out the time for the next eruption of Old Faithful. We made our way to the benches in front of the geyser and were amazed at the number of people waiting to see the geyser erupt. There were several hundred people there. We enjoyed watching all the people and Old Faithful erupted shortly after 4 pm. We then made our way to the gift shop across the street to buy souvenirs for family. After dinner we enjoyed sitting in the lobby and listening to the music.
The second day we did the geyser area between Old Faithful and Madison Junction. We stopped and walked the boardwalks at Black Sand Basin, Biscuit Basin, Grand Prismatic, Great Fountain and Paint Pots. We also did the scenic drive by Firehole Falls. We took water and snacks with us as this took most of the day. We saw buffalo near Biscuit Basin, along the loop road and near the Paint Pots. We returned to the Old Faithful area for more souvenir shopping and then dinner.