|Cute little critter will stop traffic in a moment.|
|Cabins at Mammoth Lodge|
The first whole day of the trip we toured the Fort Yellowstone main post. It is so much like Fort Leavenworth and Main post at Fort Riley that it wasn't funny. The old Army buildings have been converted to use by the Park Service with the exception of the Chapel and the post stockade. Drive drunk, steal antlers or vandalize any of the park property and you will find your self in the Stockade. DUI is a 24 hour stay mandatory.
|Google Earth car visiting Mammoth|
The park service has as their motto to protect the park today for the future. I have little doubt that they are doing their best to allow millions of visitors each year to see what they saw in years past. In fact there is no cell phone or e-mail connection in most places. If you must connect there are a few places where you can sign up for Global Gossip at 5 bucks and hour but not everywhere. I will talk more about that later.
Our tour was mainly load up on the bus and go to one neat site after another. We saw hot springs, geysers and mud pots of all kinds of descriptions. we walked 12,000 steps a day most days going around the park on wooden steps. The ground was fragile and the earth very hot or caustic all over the park.
There are tours you can take from Mammoth in a 1937 Tour bus that looked like fun. We were in an almost new bus with A/C. We did get out to take pictures at some of the animal jams but up high, it was easy to get good pictures. In fact you could take pictures of the herd of elk that come into mammoth area each day from the hotel lobby.
Stand by for day 2.