We arrived in the park on Tuesday, got situated in our cabin at Mammoth Hot Springs (north entrance) and went to the local restaurant for a wonderful smoked trout spinach salad. When leaving the restaurant, there were wild bison grazing and resting right next to the hotel. It is amazing to see how tame these "wild" animals truly are!!
|Our cabin in Mammoth Hot Springs|
|Bison sleeping next to the hotel|
|The hubby and me at Old Faithful|
After visiting Old Faithful, we took a hike to Morning Glory Pool and passed some beautiful views along the way. Morning Glory Pool used to be a brilliant sapphire blue color. Over the years, people have thrown pennies and trash into it blocking its vent causing the pool to change colors.
|Flowing stream through Yellowstone|
|Morning Glory Pool|
Once we finished our hike, we got back in the car and continued circling the park. We stopped off at Lake Yellowstone next. We put our hand in the lake to compare temperatures to that of Lake Coeur d'Alene...there is no comparison...Lake Yellowstone had to be around 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit and Lake Coeur d'Alene was about 59 degrees on race morning. Good thing that the swim was not in Lake Yellowstone!!
We ended up stopping at Tower Falls on our way back to the cabin, but it was so crowded I didn't take any pictures. It was great to get back to the cabin as we had been gone for nearly 10 hours and were exhausted from the sight seeing and tourists at all the stops we made.
On Thursday, we got up and ran about 4 miles around Mammoth Hot Springs. It was just over 2 miles straight up the mountain and then came straight back down. This was a challenge at nearly 7000 feet elevation!! After our run, we decided to give the bikes a go...
|The start of our climb back up the mountain|
We rode down a gravel road 4 miles into Gardiner, MT with a descent of 1500 feet over that 4 mile trip. The descent wasn't the problem...I knew we were going to have to climb back up to our cabin after eating lunch in town. And climb we did...Oh boy was this tough!! I have done Ironman, but this 4 mile climb seemed to be much more challenging...maybe it was because it was a steep climb (1500 feet over 4 miles)...maybe it was because it was on gravel...or maybe it was because it was at almost 7000 feet elevation!! Somewhere in the first 2 miles I wiped out on my bike when my back tire got caught on some loose gravel and went out from under me. Nothing major, but I do have a scraped up leg and a bruise the size and shape of my saddle on my inner thigh :)
|Right after my wipe out...looks much worse now.|
|At about mile 2 of the climb looking back down to the road and stream where we started from.|