Friday, July 15, 2011

Vacation Recap: Days 4 & 5

Friday morning we decided to take a tour of the Old Faithful Inn.  I love learning the details and the history of places, so Caleb was gracious enough to agree to take the tour.  We thought the tour was really interesting, and if you have the time during a visit at Yellowstone, I would suggest you take it!  At the very least spend some time walking around the Inn - it is a national historic landmark and is quite fascinating.
the fireplace is made of 500 tons of rhyolite!

love all of the lodgepole pine beams everywhere

this was our view of the lobby from the bench we sat on in the evenings

from the porch of the Inn you can watch Old Faithful 

one of the original rooms of the Inn (built in 1904). you can stay in it for
$96 a night, but you have to use a public toilet and shower down the hall!

After our tour, we headed out to do the last few things we wanted to do before leaving Yellowstone.

this is taken from the parking lot of Old Faithful Inn.
Everywhere you look in Yellowstone is beautiful!

On our way towards the trail to Mystic Falls, we walked by a ton of geysers and hot springs.  This one is Sapphire Hole.  Possibly the most gorgeous one in Yellowstone!


at Mystic Falls

After Mystic Falls we went to see Fountain Paint Pots, another geothermal hot spot (haha get it) in Yellowstone.

Fountain Paint Pot

In the area around Fountain Paint Pot there were geysers as well.  This one I think was called Spasm Geyser, and it just kept shooting water!  It must have gone on for at least 10 minutes.

in front of Spasm Geyser 

Next we drove down Firehole Canyon Drive.  We stopped at the cascades because we just have this thing for watching water. 

Firehole Cascades

loving every minute together

Friday afternoon when we got back to the Old Faithful area, a storm was moving in.  We watched Old Faithful go off (for the 7th and 8th times of our trip!) and then it started pouring and hailing!  We spent the rest of the evening chilling out in the Old Faithful Inn lobby.  I made a list of random things to look for in the lobby (someone laying down, a set of twins, a bottle of wine, etc.) so we people-watched and checked things off the list.  It was nice to just relax.  

Saturday morning we left to drive back to Salt Lake City.  We stopped in the Tetons to look upon their beauty once more.  It was such a long trip back to SLC.  Somehow we ended up on the scenic byway (why do we always do that?!) and I felt like I was never going to get out of Idaho.  Once we made it back to the city, we shopped and ate at The Gateway for the evening.  We took a red-eye and finally got home at 2 pm on Sunday.  It was such a wonderful trip!

goodbye Yellowstone!

goodbye Tetons!


  1. What an amazing trip!! Looks like you got to do everything you wanted to while you were there. I love how happy the two of you look in the pictures! So fun!!!

  2. That building is AMAZING! WOAH! I love the beams!

  3. The inn is so gorgeous! The whole shared bathroom thing is a bummer though.

    You got some wonderful pictures. You and your hubby look so happy together. Now I wanna go there! Thanks for sharing your vacation with us :)

  4. I love the pic of you in from of the geyser...and the Sapphire one is so pretty! That Inn looks super cool!

  5. awwww your photos are so cute!! it looks like you guys had such a great time!

  6. Thanks for showing me Yellowstone! What I loved about this post: the pic of you and Caleb that you took (wearing the purple shirt), it's a great one of you two, and the fact that you made up your own checklist of things to see in the lobby. I definitely want to do this next time I go somewhere.

  7. gorgeous!! you look amazing in purple! pretty, pretty couple :)

  8. After reading all your vacay posts, it looks like you had an awesome vacation. You got to see so many beautiful things; thank you for taking pictures!!!

  9. WOW! What a fabulous trip! i love the pictures at Sapphire Hole, BEAUTIFUL!!

  10. Beautiful pictures! I definitely need to add this to my bucket list of vacations!

  11. looks like such a beautiful and fun trip. have a great weekend!

  12. Gorgeous photos! My husband and I use to live fairly close to Yellowstone and we would visit every year, sometimes multiple times a year! I miss it like crazy but glad your enjoying it!

  13. Love the photos - looks like so much fun! I'd love to go one day.

  14. Such a stunning place! I haven't been in forever, perhaps a road trip is in order?:-) xoxo

  15. The checklist idea is genius! I love how your mind works! Thanks for sharing so much about your trip.

  16. I remember going to see Old Faithful as a child and now that I have kids I would LOVE to take them to Yellowstone!!

  17. the hotel looks amazing