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August In Yellowstone: LAS-WYS-LAS On Delta  
User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 243 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6374 times:

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INTRODUCTION


Hello and welcome to my second trip report right here on Airliners.net.

So, this summer has been filled with flying for me. After our trip abroad to Italy and India, and my attendance at a flight exploration camp at Embry-Riddle University for a week, it was time to return to the airport for yet another vacation: Yellowstone National Park. While it would only be a three-day stay, we were able to cover a lot of which the park had to offer.

Yellowstone is a beautiful national park to visit, a place everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It has everything: greenery, mountains, rivers, animals (elk, bison, bears, wolves, coyotes, etc.), geysers, hot springs, and other thermal features. Plus, with no internet connection or televisions in the hotel rooms, you can better focus on your vacation itself. Yes, it was hard at times, but I still enjoyed the trip.

I'll also acknowledge the fact that there is another trip report related to Yellowstone, posted just around a month ago by redzeppelin (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/240641/). His great trip report gave me a glimpse of what my vacation would be like. That said, you may see some fairly identical images of the West Yellowstone airport on the EMB120, so sorry if it seems duplicative.

Anyways, this trip report will cover the outbound journey, our stay in Yellowstone National Park, and the inbound journey. Both the outbound and inbound involve connections in Salt Lake City, with the LAS-SLC-LAS legs operated by Delta, and the SLC-WYS-SLC legs operated by Skywest.

Enjoy!
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OUTBOUND: LAS - SLC - WYS


LEG #1
Airline and Flt. No. -------------------------- Delta (DL) 2044
Date ---------------------------------------------- 8/15/2013
Departs - Arrives ----------------------------- Las Vegas (LAS) - Salt Lake City (SLC)
Scheduled Times ---------------------------- 6:30am - 8:51am
Actual Times ---------------------------------- 6:29am - 8:46am
Aircraft - Reg. --------------------------------- Airbus A319 - ?
Flight Time ------------------------------------- 55 minutes

It's been a long time since we have flown early in the morning. That meant it could be difficult waking up at 4:00 in the morning. But, because of the excitement, it was quite easy to wake up that morning. I checked the flight status of our first leg with FlightTrack: on-time. It would depart from the D-Gates concourse at McCarran Airport, gate D33.

As the sun rose above the Las Vegas valley, we rushed to the check-in counters, only to see a long line at the Delta counter. We had checked-in online, as we always do, but still had to check-in one bag. Unfortunately, since it was 5:30 already, we feared we wouldn't have enough time. However, one of the Delta representatives started calling passengers on the 6:30 flight to Salt Lake, so we cut the line, checked-in our bag, and rushed to security. Phew!

I had bought a new camera just a few days ago (the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS), so was really excited to use it for the first time. After using an iPhone to digitally cover my vacations since 2010, it was such a difference to see the crispness of the photos and the powerful ability to zoom. However, I was really concerned about losing power, but still managed to snap a few pictures. But in the rush, I didn't bother to take any as we hopped on the tram over to gate D33 for the first leg of our journey.

Of course, the flight was already boarding. After rushing down the jetway, I found my seat, which would be in the middle on this flight. I had let a member of my family sit at the window, so I could still reach over and snap some photos out the window. The first one I took:

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OK, now I'll try to keep it less wordy and continue on with the pictures:

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McCarran Airport from the sky

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D-Gates concourse, T3, new ATC tower on the left; parking garage, T1, defunct T2 on the right

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Close-up on T1

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Cruising at 31,000 feet

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Legroom shot

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The seat

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Lights and air vents overhead

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In-flight magazine

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Looking at Delta's route map, with our journey in view

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Delta's flight to Mumbai via Amsterdam, its only one to India (AMS-DEL operated by KLM)

One thing I like about Delta is how they provide Biscoff biscuits as a snack. I opted for one, along with an ice-cold water. Meanwhile, the landscape was changing below, becoming more rugged and green. And we're half-way through the flight already!

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Biscoff and a water

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Close-up on the Biscoff biscuits

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Still cruising, but nearing Salt Lake City

Soon, the announcement came that we were closing in on Salt Lake City. Here's a few photos of the approach, with the marshy land and the Great Salt Lake in view:

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Turning

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Straightening out, with the spoilers partially raised

We made a smooth landing at Salt Lake City International Airport. Some photos taken during taxi to the gate:

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Delta aircraft taxiing

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Parked at gate D7

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The ATC tower

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Now it was time to make our connection in Salt Lake City. We had roughly 1 hour to make this connection, which turned out to be plenty. Then it was time to have some breakfast. After eating an OK breakfast burrito, we headed over to the large seating area, where boarding had still not yet begun.

The "gates" were all right next to each other, which was pretty weird-looking. Each door led you down a long hallway, from which you would enter another door to go outside and board the aircraft. Most of the aircraft here were CRJ's and Embraer's, operated by Skywest and Delta Connection. To continue on with the photos:

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The gates

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Close-up on some of the gates

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Skywest Embraer's lined-up outside

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The screen above our gate; a flight to Bozeman would leave first

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Our gate, gate E80

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Walking down one of the open corridors, to door 30

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Another one of the corridors

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Door 30

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LEG #2
Airline and Flt. No. -------------------------- Delta (DL) 7412
Date ---------------------------------------------- 8/15/2013
Departs - Arrives ----------------------------- Salt Lake City (SLC) - West Yellowstone (WYS)
Scheduled Times ---------------------------- 10:05am - 11:29am
Actual Times ---------------------------------- 9:59am - 11:20am
Aircraft - Reg. --------------------------------- Embraer EMB120 - N576SW
Flight Time ------------------------------------- 1 hour, 2 minutes

This leg I was excited about. I love flying on these small turbo-prop aircraft to small airports no one's ever heard of before. I had a nice view of the aircraft once we stepped outside the door:

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The aircraft

This time, I chose the window. This was especially because I wanted to see the scenery as we approached West Yellowstone, and of course it would be easier to take photos. As you can see in the next few photos, we sat right next to the propeller, but the sound didn't bother me too much...

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Waiting at the gate

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Legroom shot

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Better view of the legroom on this aircraft

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The empty seat across from us

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Looking out at the E Gates concourse and other Skywest aircraft

Soon, we taxied onto the runway after a not-too-long taxi from the gate. The propellers whirred-up, and the sound of them blasted through the cabin. Pushed back into my seat, I realized how much I love to fly.  

We took off and headed north towards West Yellowstone. The "city" is located on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park, as the name indicates. It's also located in Montana, but just a few minutes from Wyoming, where the majority of the park is situated. One hour left until landing...

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Another view of the marshy land after take-off

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Salt Lake City International Airport

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Climbing to our cruising altitude of 27,000 feet

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A thick haze, presumably caused by the raging forest fires in Idaho

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A lake

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Reflection of the nose of the aircraft

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Even hazier now

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Ancient looking controls overhead

We soon began our descent into West Yellowstone, clearing the haze and giving way to some nice views of the dense forests and rivers. Then, we made a smooth landing in what seemed to truly be "the middle of nowhere". A few pictures taken as we taxied to and while we were parked at the gate:

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Taxiing to Gate 1

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Our first view of the tiny terminal building

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The front of the terminal

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A giant sign welcoming you to West Yellowstone, Montana

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The Embraer EMB120 parked at the gate

What will continue is some photos of the small terminal building at West Yellowstone. I was truly amazed by the miniscule size of this building, with everything, plus a restaurant, squeezed in here. The photos:

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Gate 1, the security checkpoint, and the seating area

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The rental car facilities and check-in counters

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Skywest Airlines check-in counters

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The Smoke Jumper Café, where we had some delicious cheese quesadillas for lunch on the inbound

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Looking down the terminal building

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The terminal from the back

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User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6360 times:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - PART 1


I have also provided some pictures of our stay at Yellowstone. It is a beautiful park, the first national park worldwide and the only place in the world with the greatest concentration of thermal activity (geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots, etc.). The colors are amazing: blues, oranges, greens, reds, pinks - all the work of nature. Also, walking by the geysers and hot springs, you can smell the sulfur, which really does smell like rotten eggs.

And to sweeten the package, the park boasts all sorts of animal species, from bison to grizzly bears. We mostly saw bison during our stay, these large, beastly animals that are quite a sight. The only other prominent animal we saw was elk, no wolves, coyotes, or bears, unfortunately. Still, it was fun to see all of these un-everyday animals.

The park is government-owned, so that means all accommodations and restaurants are controlled by the government. That said, literally all of the restaurants and cafés in the park had the same menus. Sure, there was a large selection, but to someone who isn't a big meat-eater, there are mainly two (2) vegetarian options on the menu. As far as the hotels, they were fine, with their wooden, wilderness charm. But, there is no WiFi, internet connection, or televisions.....

One thing I noticed was the amount of foreigners. As you walked throughout the park, you could hear all these different languages: German, Italian, Polish, Chinese, Hindi, etc. In some locations it could get a bit crowded, but it was never crowded to the point that it was simply unbearable. Anyways, the people, from the visitors to the staff, were all very nice and welcoming.

Overall, it was a great experience. While we only spent three days in the park, we made the most of each day. Just remember to make your reservations early, and by early I mean at least a year in advance. Here are some pictures of Yellowstone National Park, perhaps the greatest in the world:

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IMG_0265 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The first geyser I saw, en-route to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge

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IMG_0270 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The sign welcoming us to the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser

After unpacking at our lodge, we walked over to Old Faithful, which was literally a minute's walk. The geyser erupts every 90 minutes, plus-or-minus 10 minutes, and this is truly amazing. How does it remain on-track, erupting constantly at these times for the past who-knows-how-many years? We were able to catch its eruption at around 2:30pm.

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IMG_0277 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A look up at the trees, taken while we were waiting for Old Faithful to erupt

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IMG_0286 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Eruption! You can see one column of water shooting up on the right

After that, we drove around 10 minutes to the Midway Geyser Basin, where the country's largest hot spring lies (third-largest in the world), the Grand Prismatic Spring. As the word "prismatic" indicates, there was a prism of colors: oranges, blues, browns, etc. You can also see some of the other hot springs, and other examples of the effect of the bacteria, which create these prisms of color.

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IMG_0300 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Boiling water, flowing into the river

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One of the hot springs; notice that lovely blue color

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IMG_0341 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The sign welcoming us to Grand Prismatic Spring, above a bed of orange

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Looking out at the hot spring; notice the combination of colors

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One end of the Grand Prismatic Spring

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Sapphire Pool; the clearness and color of the water is amazing

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A small geyser, beginning to erupt

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A river, into which the water from the hot springs and geysers flows

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IMG_0366 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Some geese

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Another hot spring

[Edited 2013-08-19 16:41:18]

User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6333 times:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - PART 2


Now, it's on to day 2 of the trip. As we were driving along, we spotted a pull-out and a few cars parked, and decided to check it out. What we found was this beautiful view of the Keppler Cascades:

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IMG_0370 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The Keppler Cascades

Today, we were headed towards the West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, and Hayden Valley, a wildlife hotspot. We made a few stops en-route wherever other cars were parked and people were gazing. Continuing on with the pictures:

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IMG_0373 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A lake of lily pads

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IMG_0376 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Zoomed up on a butterfly

Now to some photos of the West Thumb Geyser Basin and Yellowstone Lake. By the way, the geyser basin is called "West Thumb" because it borders a western extension of the lake, which looks like a "thumb". Anyways, it was another great stop on our short itinerary:

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IMG_0378 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A hot spring; that blue color is really captivating

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IMG_0387 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The first un-everyday animal we saw: elk!

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IMG_0396 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Looking out at Yellowstone Lake; it was pretty hazy

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IMG_0405 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A fumarole off the coast (sorry if my terminology is incorrect)

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IMG_0415 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The unexpected depths of this one hot spring, visible thanks to the clear waters

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IMG_0416 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Warning sign

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Overview of the West Thumb Geyser Basin

Then, we left the geyser basin for the Canyon Lodge. We would be spending one night at this lodge, but decided to stop by it for lunch, before continuing down Grand Loop Road - the road that takes you throughout the park. En-route, we made some more stops, and also traveled through Hayden Valley, a wildlife hotspot. Here came the bison! Believe it or not, but these animals are actually vegetarians.

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A view of Yellowstone Lake from one of the educational centers

We drove a bit and then spotted a bison in the distance. After we stopped here and realized we could barely see the animals, we noticed some people further in the distance. We jumped back into the car, and then noticed that the place where we had seen the people was a bison haven! It was a picnic area, which may explain the reason why there were several bison crowded here.

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A bison drinking water in the river

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Some bison near the river

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As we were driving back, we spotted this huggable creature grunting at us

Here are some pictures of the stops we made en-route:


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Dragon's Mouth Springs

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Close-up on the gurgling mud

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Walking up to see another hot spring, with a view of this small valley

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IMG_0472 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
At a pull-out, with this beautiful view of the Hayden Valley

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Another view of the valley

Eventually, we reached the Canyon Lodge. Why is it called "Canyon" Lodge, you may wonder. That's because the lodge is located near the "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone". Here we would find the Upper and Lower Falls, the Lower Falls much more captivating:

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IMG_0481 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Looking down the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Lower Falls in the distance

And the Upper Falls, still quite beautiful:

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IMG_0493 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The Upper Falls

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IMG_0496 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A rainbow seen near the waterfall

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At the brink of the falls

As we continued down the loop, finishing an alright lunch of a veggie burger, we headed to the Norris Geyser Basin. En-route, we happened upon this bison on the side of the road, which slowed traffic so people could take pictures of it:

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IMG_0504 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A bison near the road

On to the Norris Geyser Basin, another wonderful stop on the itinerary:

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IMG_0506 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Overview of the geyser basin

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IMG_0510 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A geyser just beginning to erupt; notice the sulfur

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IMG_0535 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Some hot springs

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IMG_0536 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Another hot spring, reflecting the green trees behind

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IMG_0541 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Another overview of the geyser basin, with one geyser erupting at the bottom-right

We then walked to the Steamboat Geyser. This geyser shoots water up to 300 feet in the air(!), while Old Faithful shoots water around 150 feet into the air. Why then, is this geyser not as famous? Well, it is highly unpredictable: it has erupted at times between 4 days to 50 years. It last erupted on July 31st of this year, though.

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IMG_0548 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Walking to the Steamboat Geyser, with a view of the greenery and some bare trees

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IMG_0550 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The Steamboat Geyser

Later, we returned to the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, to conclude our second day of the trip. The next day, we would drive down to the Canyon Lodge, where we had stopped for lunch. We explored a bit once we got back, viewing the century-old Old Faithful Inn, a lovely sunset, and catching the 8:00pm eruption of Old Faithful:

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IMG_0558 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Inside the Old Faithful Inn; notice the wood and rustic-ness

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IMG_0561 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
From the outside

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IMG_0563 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Sunset to the left, Old Faithful to the right

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IMG_0564 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Sunset

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IMG_0579 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Old Faithful after eruption, my last view of the geyser

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IMG_0581 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Lovely oranges and blues behind the Old Faithful Inn

[Edited 2013-08-19 16:53:35]

User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6193 times:

YELLOWSTONE TRIP REPORT - PART 3


And now comes day 3, the final day of our Yellowstone trip. We drove up to the Canyon Lodge, visiting the Fountain Paint Pots, Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Falls. We got to see some more bison, too. First up was the Fountain Paint Pots, a collection of colorful hot springs ("paint pots"):

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IMG_0597 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A hot spring just off the road

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IMG_0608 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Overview of the Fountain Paint Pots area

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IMG_0610 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A geyser erupting

Then, we continued on to the Mammoth Hot Springs, up in the north end of the park. We also made a couple of stops en-route to see a waterfall and take in the captivating scenery:

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IMG_0624 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The great view we caught near Firehole Falls

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IMG_0625 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Firehole Falls

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IMG_0626 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Looking down the road, bordered by tall conifer trees

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IMG_0630 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The scenery as we approached Mammoth Hot Springs; note the haziness

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IMG_0631 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A lake observed en-route

We finally arrived at the Mammoth Hot Springs. It was time for lunch, and it turned out that the menu was practically identical to all the others at one café. After eating a sub-par veggie sandwich and hot soup, we drove up to the travertine terraces. Since it was summer, we didn't see too much water flow, however, but it was still beautiful to see all the colors and calcium carbonate. The pictures:

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IMG_0634 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Two dead trees amid a bed of calcium carbonate

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IMG_0644 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Boiling water flowing down the terraces

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IMG_0647 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Close-up on the interesting terrain

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IMG_0650 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The calcium carbonate terraces

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IMG_0651 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Bacteria in action created this eclectic combination of colors

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IMG_0656 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The water flow from below


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Liberty Cap, a hot spring cone

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IMG_0665 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
More travertine terraces

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IMG_0676 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Close-up on the orange color

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IMG_0677 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Light blue pools of water on the terraces

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IMG_0679 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Close-up on a mini-waterfall

As we drove to Tower Falls, we happened upon another bison, this one lounging in the sun:

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IMG_0697 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The bison; why does it seem so adorable?

Soon, we reached Tower Falls, another beautiful waterfall:

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IMG_0703 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Tower Falls

Once we returned to the lodge for our final night in Yellowstone, I found this warning sign:

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IMG_0721 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The sign warning you about wildlife

Just next to our lodge, we also found this bison, calmly enjoying some leaves:

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IMG_0722 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The bison

Inside our room for the night:

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IMG_0717 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The room

While we got ready to go to bed, the bison we had seen earlier snuck up on us! I had my camera battery charging, so I scrambled to unplug it, put it in the camera, and snap a picture of it. Here it is, still having its dinner. You could hear its gradual footsteps and its munching on the leaves:

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IMG_0723 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The bison eating right outside our room window

And that concludes our stay in the lovely Yellowstone National Park. Such a unique place it is, from the colors to the thermal activity, from the scenery to the roaming bison. I'll emphasize the fact that this is a must-see destination for everyone, from wilderness-loving campers to amateur photographers, like me.  


User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6161 times:

INBOUND: WYS - SLC - LAS


LEG #1
Airline and Flt. No. -------------------------- Delta (DL) 7422
Date ---------------------------------------------- 8/18/2013
Departs - Arrives ----------------------------- West Yellowstone (WYS) - Salt Lake City (SLC)
Scheduled Times ---------------------------- 1:05pm - 2:29pm
Actual Times ---------------------------------- 12:44pm - 1:56pm
Aircraft - Reg. --------------------------------- Embraer EMB120 - N5??SW
Flight Time ------------------------------------- 58 minutes

On the (technically) final day of our trip, we decided to wake up at 8:00am; after all, our flight didn't leave until early in the afternoon, and the airport was so small we could arrive an hour prior to departure. In our sluggishness, we missed breakfast in the fancy dining hall, but the cafeteria was still open. By that time we were rushing: it was almost 10:30, so I gobbled up my biscuit-and-gravy and we headed back to the airport.

After a one-hour drive, we approached the West Entrance checkpoint for the park. I said goodbye to Yellowstone, what a great place it was. We re-entered the small city of West Yellowstone, Montana, where we stopped for gas for our rental car. I snapped a photo of this sign, and OK, maybe this isn't the right spot to put it, but...

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IMG_0728 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The sign directing you to Yellowstone Nat'l Park

We arrived at the airport at lunchtime, but weren't that hungry yet. We checked-in one of our bags and decided to pack some cheese quesadillas for later from the Smoke Jumper Café (which were delicious, by the way), and waited for a while, when I saw a Christmas tree. When we arrived here on the 15th, I noticed the staff putting it up. Since the airport closes for the winter, the staff celebrates Christmas on August 25th, four months early. Weird, right?  
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The Christmas tree

Since the airport is so small, you go through security right before boarding the plane. After a short wait, we lined up for the security checkpoint. Immediately after, a kind lady at the door checked our boarding passes, and we were off. Goodbye, West Yellowstone!

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IMG_0731 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The EMB120 taking us to Salt Lake City

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IMG_0732 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The terminal building

Following a short taxi to the runway, we smoothly lifted off from the city. The lush forests of conifers and rivers zig-zagging around the mountains came into view. Here are some pictures taken during the short, one-hour flight:

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IMG_0734 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Climbing to our cruising altitude of 24,000 feet, with a lake and the greenery visible below

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IMG_0735 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Seat sign (I sat at seat 3C)

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IMG_0740 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The overhead controls, bathroom, and exit signs at the front of the aircraft

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IMG_0741 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
A river cuts through some farmland below

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IMG_0743 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Still cruising

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IMG_0744 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The front of the aircraft, with the main cabin and flight deck door in view

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IMG_0747 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Nearing Salt Lake City

We smoothly touched-down on the runway at Salt Lake City International Airport. It was a short taxi to the E Gates concourse. Initially, we had a 38 minute connection to make since the flights were messed with by Delta, but that turned into a 1 hour and 10 minute connection thanks to our ½-hour early arrival. It was then that I noticed every one of our flights so far had departed/arrived ahead of schedule!

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IMG_0749 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Taxiing

We were able to walk to the gate casually, with minutes to spare. I took a shot of the departures screens as we headed over to gate D6, right next to the gate we had gone through on the outbound:

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IMG_0751 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Looks like our flight is on-time (it's showing as AF 8522)

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LEG #2
Airline and Flt. No. -------------------------- Delta 1883
Date ---------------------------------------------- 8/18/2013
Departs - Arrives ----------------------------- Salt Lake City (SLC) - Las Vegas (LAS)
Scheduled Times ---------------------------- 3:07pm - 3:30pm
Actual Times ---------------------------------- 3:04pm - 3:15pm
Aircraft - Reg. --------------------------------- Boeing 737-800 (B73Y) - N3739P
Flight Time ------------------------------------- 56 minutes

One thing I really love about Delta, other than their livery, is the fact that they have personal televisions and free satellite TV on many domestic flights. When I had checked on the Delta website, however, it displayed that this flight would not offer personal televisions. Knowing that some of Delta's 737's had these PTV's, I had a faint hope that maybe, just maybe I would get one of these.

It turned out that this flight would be 100% full, something very much expected with flights to Las Vegas. The gate attendants had the flight oversold, and were looking for people to take later flights. We never opt for those offers, especially when you're traveling in a family.

Anyways, as I sat at the gate with several minutes to spare, I snapped this photo of the 737 waiting at the gate. You can see the E Gates concourse with all the regional jets in the background:

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IMG_0752 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The aircraft

Soon enough, it was time to board. We were in Zone 3, meaning we would be the last passengers to board the aircraft. As I stood in line, I took this picture of the arm of the D Gates concourse:

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IMG_0756 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The D Gates concourse

I walked down the jetway and found my seat in row 21. A nice view of the wing, with a Delta Airbus parked across from us:


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Waiting at the gate

What will continue is some photos of the one-hour flight to Las Vegas. Did you realize that each flight on this journey was one hour long?

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IMG_0758 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Legroom shot


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The audio controls on the armrest; loud music was blasted into my family member's ear when they plugged in their headphones

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IMG_0762 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The ATC tower

We smoothly took-off from Salt Lake City, with some views of the Great Salt Lake and downtown Salt Lake City as we turned around to the south towards Las Vegas. To continue on with the photos:


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Downtown Salt Lake City to the left, in the distance

This time I went for a Sprite when the beverage carts came around. Along with this came a bag of pretzels - no Biscoff biscuits on this flight, unfortunately   :

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Pretzels and a Sprite

Meanwhile, we continued on to Las Vegas. It became cloudier and cloudier as we approached Las Vegas, though...:


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Partly-cloudy skies


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Even cloudier

Soon enough, the announcement came that we were beginning our descent into Las Vegas. Lake Mead sprung into view amid the desert landscape:


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Lake Mead below us

Then, I spotted the fringes of the Las Vegas Valley in the distance. As we got closer and closer to the airport, I noticed these frightening thunderclouds on the other end of the valley. You can even see the rain:


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Dark skies and rain in the distance, with flaps extended

Soon, we made a very smooth landing onto the runway at McCarran Airport. Again, we arrived early, this time 15 minutes early. Here are some photos taken as we taxied to the gate, gate D34:


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Taxiing, with the Strip in the distance

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Southwest 737's at the C Gates concourse, the ATC tower and parking garage behind them

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IMG_0775 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
Alaska Airlines and Aeromexico aircraft, with Terminal 3 in the background


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Parked at the gate, with another Delta Airbus parked across from us

After we disembarked, I noticed how dark it was outside. This was due to the thick cloud cover hanging over Las Vegas, something you definitely don't see too often in the city. For someone who lives in the desert, this was very exciting.

As we were walking to the baggage claim to collect our one checked bag, I took a photo of the arrivals/departures screens, in front of a Quizno's Subs restaurant:

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IMG_0779 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
The arrivals/departures screens; lots of bright colors captured in this one shot

At the baggage claim, with a sign proclaiming all the international airlines that serve Las Vegas:

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IMG_0781 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
There is one thing incorrect on this sign...anyone know what it is?

As we went outside to the taxi stands, I noticed that it was raining(!). We had to stand in a long line, however, but luckily there was an overhang that protected us from the wetness. As I stood in line, I couldn't help but wonder what all the tourists were thinking: I didn't expect rain in Las Vegas!  http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/9548650999_ba93a45bca_c.jpg
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A taxi drives down the wet road, the T1 parking garage in the background

After hopping into the taxi, we traveled through the Strip towards the I-15. Meanwhile, the weather got worse and worse, rain pouring in buckets and the Stratosphere barely visible. What a great welcome home:

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IMG_0786 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
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CONCLUSION


I truly did enjoy my vacation in Yellowstone National Park. It is a one-in-a-kind destination, probably the most concentrated one with the best of which nature has to offer: from colorfully-encrusted, crystal-clear hot springs to gurgling mudpots, from geysers to lush green valleys. You don't have to be an outside person to enjoy this park - it is a haven for everyone. I highly recommend you visit the park at least once in your lifetime, hopefully before Old Faithful becomes Old Unfaithful!

As far as the flights, eh, nothing too memorable, other than flying in a roaring turbo-prop and visiting West Yellowstone's tiny airport. Delta is one of my favorite US airlines, though. I think their livery is great, with the deep reds and blues to go along with the flag, not that that is necessarily related to the enjoyment of the trip. One plus I can think of is the Biscoff cookies offered. If you'd like a rating, I'd give the journey a 7.5/10.

And that brings to an end my second trip report on Airliners.net. My next trip reports should be on a trip to Aruba in winter, somewhere in the Caribbean in the spring, and definitely India in the summer. Thanks for reading (sorry about the length), and please leave any comments below.  


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1939 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6019 times:
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Great report on your trip! I really enjoyed reading about your travel through SLC, as I just returned from a trip to Grand Junction and back for work! I flew out of E78 and I enjoyed looking at those EMB-120's while I waited for my flight to board. Great to see the inside of those props, and good photos overall from your trip. How was the weather? It looked really nice, and great photos from your whole stay.

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6005 times:

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for the comment. The weather was excellent during the stay in Yellowstone - it was only once we returned to Las Vegas of all the places that there were thunderstorms and pouring rain.

-Ytraveller


User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5707 times:

I'd also like to add that I messed up at the beginning of Part 3 covering our stay at Yellowstone National Park. The Fountain Paint Pot is actually a giant mud pot. Photos:

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IMG_0601 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr
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IMG_0603 by jetairwaysmumbai333, on Flickr

Sorry about that embarrassing mistake.
-Ytraveller


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5505 times:

Hello


Interesting report to WYS, and nice to see you've got the Skywest E120 as well.
Great Yellowstone pics!


greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineredzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4964 times:

Great report! Thanks for sharing.

Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
I'll also acknowledge the fact that there is another trip report related to Yellowstone, posted just around a month ago by redzeppelin (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/240641/). His great trip report gave me a glimpse of what my vacation would be like.
Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
8/15/2013

Not only did we write reports about the same airport, but we visited Yellowstone at the same time. I took my family to the park for an overnight visit on the 15th and 16th. But living in Bozeman, we just drove there rather than flying.

Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
I had bought a new camera just a few days ago (the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS), so was really excited to use it for the first time.

The pictures look great!

Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
I love flying on these small turbo-prop aircraft to small airports no one's ever heard of before.

Every A.netters dream.

Quoting Ytraveller (Thread starter):
A thick haze, presumably caused by the raging forest fires in Idaho

That's how things go around here some years.

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 1):
Just remember to make your reservations early, and by early I mean at least a year in advance.

We camped on our trip, and campsites can usually be reserved on shorter notice, at least for mid-week dates. Hotels in West Yellowstone and other gateway communities can usually be reserved on shorter notice too, but if you want a real bed inside the park you better plan early!

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 1):
That said, literally all of the restaurants and cafés in the park had the same menus

I just find it ironic that bison, which are protected in the park, is on the menu at several of the food outlets. My wife really enjoyed the bison tacos at Mammoth Hot Springs. The food is the same everywhere because a single vendor (Xanterra) owns the contract for all of the concessions in the park. I wish they could break up that monopoly.

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 1):
The sign welcoming us to Grand Prismatic Spring, above a bed of orange

Not to gloat, but the view is so much better from the air!
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Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 2):
As we were driving back, we spotted this huggable creature grunting at us

I dare you to hug it...

Quoting Ytraveller (Reply 2):
Inside the Old Faithful Inn; notice the wood and rustic-ness

I love this place.

Thanks again for the great report. As somebody who lives near YNP, I'm always curious about how tourists get here. How did you choose to fly to WYS? Did you consider any other airports, like JAC, IDA, BZN, COD, BIL, etc? I've read that the most popular airport for YNP visitors is actually SLC, which is a good 5+ hour drive from the nearest entrance to the park, but usually has much better fares than the closer airports, and that difference really adds up for families.



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User currently offlineYtraveller From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4939 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Hello


Interesting report to WYS, and nice to see you've got the Skywest E120 as well.
Great Yellowstone pics!


greetings
Marc

Thanks for the comment, Marc.

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 9):
Great report! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks!

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 9):

Not only did we write reports about the same airport, but we visited Yellowstone at the same time. I took my family to the park for an overnight visit on the 15th and 16th. But living in Bozeman, we just drove there rather than flying.

Wow. What a coincidence!

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 9):
We camped on our trip, and campsites can usually be reserved on shorter notice, at least for mid-week dates. Hotels in West Yellowstone and other gateway communities can usually be reserved on shorter notice too, but if you want a real bed inside the park you better plan early!

We aren't the camping type, though. When I was younger, I had really wanted to go camping for some reason, but I've grown out of it. I need my shower in the morning, I won't sleep on the ground with all the bugs...I guess you could call me a spoiled brat  
Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 9):
I just find it ironic that bison, which are protected in the park, is on the menu at several of the food outlets. My wife really enjoyed the bison tacos at Mammoth Hot Springs. The food is the same everywhere because a single vendor (Xanterra) owns the contract for all of the concessions in the park. I wish they could break up that monopoly.

Yeah, I remember seeing people order those bison burgers and tacos. That is quite ironic. And I do wish that they could bring in some other food vendors, too, Subway would be fine for me...

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 9):
Not to gloat, but the view is so much better from the air!

It actually does look better from the air. When I saw some pictures of aerial views before my trip, it looked so surreal, as if it was thermal imaging.

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 9):
Thanks again for the great report. As somebody who lives near YNP, I'm always curious about how tourists get here. How did you choose to fly to WYS? Did you consider any other airports, like JAC, IDA, BZN, COD, BIL, etc? I've read that the most popular airport for YNP visitors is actually SLC, which is a good 5+ hour drive from the nearest entrance to the park, but usually has much better fares than the closer airports, and that difference really adds up for families.

At first, we considered flying into Bozeman or Idaho Falls on Allegiant, after all they have dirt-cheap, nonstop flights from Las Vegas. But with us staying only a short 2-3 days, these cities, plus Salt Lake City, were too far of a drive. Then we found West Yellowstone, which was only an hour from our lodge at Old Faithful.

Again, thanks for commenting on my trip report!  


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