Thursday August 6, 2020
I am up early again with a plan for the day. I have a few waterfalls on the agenda.The first is Gibbon Falls. It is massive and only a short walk from the road.
The second is Virginia Cascade. It is also very large. It is located on a one way road and there is only enough space for about 2 cars to pull over and get a picture of it. I was lucky that it was early and I was the only one here.
The last planned stop was hiking the north and south rims of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon and viewing the upper and lower falls.When I get to Artist Point there are only about a dozen cars in the parking lot. I hike to the Lower Falls first on the South Rim Trail then to Upper Falls. It is a very chilly hike. I would guess that it is in the 40’s and it is a little windy and probably around 8000 feet of elevation.
Lower Falls is the larger of the two falls at 308 feet and the Upper Falls is 109 feet. The canyon where they are located is roughly 20 miles long, more than 1000 feet deep and 1500 to 4000 feet wide.The hike on the South Rim trail was pleasant. It was early enough and not to busy.I saw an animal on trail this morning. I’m not sure what it was. I was too slow to get a picture of it. It had the same size and shape of a squirrel, but it was brown and the tail had a black tip and looked more like a cats tail.By the time I got over to the North Rim trail it was packed. I proceed to hike the trail, but decided to abandon it after a short while. It was just to busy and people were not trying to maintain a 6 foot distance. They would literally walk side by side and take up most of the trail. On my return after I had decided to quit and get out of there. Here come this big fat man barrelling downhill towards me as I was crossing a narrow bridge. I literally JUMP OFF the bridge before I am all the way across it to get out of his way. The bridge was just over a ditch that was dry so I didn’t get wet or hurt. But really people!The scenery in Yellowstone is amazing, but the people…I really have to be done my exploring by 11:30am. After that it was just to many rude people. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the winey kids. That would be another long rant! Can you tell I don’t like kids?The drive out of Yellowstone on the east side is spectacular. It follows the Yellowstone River for almost 15 miles then Yellowstone Lake for almost 10 miles.I did get to see some buffalo. I came upon a bunch of cars parked along side of the road and next thing I see is a bunch of people running followed by 5 or 6 buffalo in pursuit. Stupid people!My A/C in the van quit working. It is just making a hissing sound when I try to use it. I was able to make an appointment with a Ram dealership in Cody, Wyoming. But it is not until Monday. I hope it is something they can fix that day. It would also be nice if it is covered under warranty. I’ve got my fingers crossed.Another downer is Berkley had diarrhea all day. I think he has pooped 8 or more times. He has never had anything like this before. I hope it clears up quickly or I may have another emergency vet visit.