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On June 21st, we decided we needed a bit of a rest. The previous day, we’d done the Sevenmile Hole hike. The day before that we’d climbed to the Petrified Forest atop Specimen Ridge. That was a lot of climbing.

So we figured we’d do the touristy thing and hit Old Faithful.

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Down and Up

I’m still writing up the trip Out West that my son and I made back in June. I’m now up to June 20.

When there is a canyon like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, what do you do with it? Why, you have to hike down to the bottom and back up again.

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Getting Petrified

After all of the wildlife encounters on June 19, it turns out that we really hadn’t exhausted the day . . . or ourselves. By mid-afternoon, we were bored and wanted to do something else.

We’d been talking about ascending Specimen Ridge but hadn’t gotten to it yet, so off we went.

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A Grizzly Kind of Day

I’m continuing writing about my son’s and my trip out west. It’s our third full day in Yellowstone: June 19. Our plan for the day was to hike up to Grizzly Lake, which lies in the shadow of Mt. Holmes.

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Getting High

It’s now June 18. We’ve decided it’s a good day to climb Mt. Washburn, which was really pretty close to our campsite.

This is something we hadn’t managed to do when we were there 9 years ago.

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Hot Pot

We were now at our first full day at Yellowstone (June 17). Neither my son nor I are big fans of crowds of tourists, so I’d mainly planned to visit locations that were away from the standard Yellowstone locations. (You may have noticed I do something similar in my hikes around Central Ohio.) Very few people are willing to go the extra mile (literally) to see something different. So, today’s plan was to visit the Monument Geyser Basin.

But that didn’t mean that was all we had to do.

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Entering Yellowstone

Resuming writing about our trip out west, the following morning (this is now June 15) we got a fairly early start to head out to Yellowstone. However, getting a campsite in Yellowstone is a real challenge.

So we had a strategy.

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