|Bison Bull just watching the Tourists go by|
|This is the pools as the water spills down the hills|
|This is the layers of minerals close up.|
|French Hat |
One thing that I thought would be a waste of time was the Stage Coach Ride we went on. The early travelers got off the train and boarded stagecoaches for the Grand Loop. They toured from hotel to hotel on the stage coaches. When the Park Service wanted to set up stage coach rides, they took the old stages out of storage. An auditor came in and said the original stages were not in good shape for daily use. He also told the Park that the stages were worth about $100,000 each and now they are in museums around the USA. The new coaches are a look alike but have a lot of modern things like hydraulic brakes. It was really neat to see the park from atop a stage like the early travelers did. Another prejudice proved wrong.
|Boarding the early bus, er Stage|
Just as a side note, Barb and I tried to vary who we ate with. Day two was Prime Rib steak dinner with our coordinator Mary. Barb gave me a lot of her steak and I went to bed with a stomach so full that I could have skipped breakfast, lunch and most of dinner the next day (I Didn't) See you tomorrow for day three. Did I mention Old Faithful yet?