15 September 2000

South Dakota and Wyoming

Family trip, August 2000

Sources: trip booked via Travelocity. Guide books:
· Wyoming Handbook (Moon Travel Handbooks)
· Roadside Geology of Wyoming, David Lageson and Darwin Spearing
· Windows into the Earth, Robert Smith and Lee Siegel
· Field Guide to Yellowstone’s Geysers, Hot Springs and fumaroles, Carl Schreier

22 August

Gatwick to Denver, then one hour flight to Rapid City. 747 had difficulty landing at Denver due to wind shear! Overnight at Hotel Alex Johnson. Met UK film crew I had worked with previously on location shooting beer commercials. They were filming a Wrangler commercial in the Badlands.

23 August

Toured Badlands National Park via Cactus Flat, followed by the Badlands Loop and Sage Creek Road before returning to Rapid City. Fabulous scenery and quite deserted. Overnight at Hotel Alex Johnson.

Badlands, South Dakota

24 August

Black Hills National Forest. Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Mount Rushmore National Monument. Spearfish Canyon Byway. Overnight Spearfish Canyon Resort. Area was used for filming Dances with Wolves.

Black Hills of Dakota
Mt. Rushmore

 25 August

Devils Tower National Monument. Buffalo. Cloud Peak Scenic Byway. Buffalo. Big Horn National Forest. Overnight Meadowlark Lake Resort (a bit basic).

Devil's Tower, Wyoming

Bighorn Canyon

26 August

Big Horn National Forest. Route via Lovell and Powell to Cody. Overnight Comfort Inn at Buffalo Bill Village Resort. Visited Buffalo Bill Museum; highly recommended. It’s appalling what the white man did to the Indians. Read ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’ by Dee Brown and you’ll see what I mean.

27 August

To Yellowstone National Park via East Entrance and then north to Mammoth Hot Springs. Overnight at Maiden Basin Inn, Gardiner, just outside national park boundary.

Minerva Spring and Terrace, Yellowstone
Mammoth Hot Springs
View into Montana across Angel Terrace
28 - 29 August

Toured sections of Yellowstone National Park: Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces, Norris Geyser Basin, Gibbon Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin, Midway Geyser Basin (you must go and see the Grand Prismatic Spring!), Black Sand Basin, the Upper Geyser Basin (Old Faithful was OK, but Castle Geyser was much more spectacular) and the Mud Volcano Area (where we saw a bison fall into one of the pools: the Ranger said that the animal would die within 24 hours).

Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin
Beauty Pool, Upper Geyser Basin
Buffalo struggling in Sour Lake, Mud Volcano Area
Castle Geyser, Upper Geyser Basin
Crackling Lake, Norris Geyser Basin
Excelsior Geyser, Midway Geyser Basin
Heart Spring, Upper Geyser Basin
Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
Morning Glory Pool, Upper Geyser Basin
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone
Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River from Artist Point
Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River from Inspiration Point

Tower Fall, Yellowstone River
Upper Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone River
30 August

Travel to Grand Teton National Park and into Jackson Hole. Overnight at Spring Creek Resort.

Grand Teton from Spring Creek Ranch
31 August - 1 September

Toured area. Good Japanese food in Teton Village. Noisy coyote at night!

Grand Tetons from Signal Mountain
2 - 3 September

Fly from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City, then on to Vancouver. Overnight Empire Landmark Hotel, Robson Street. Great city for Chinese and Japanese food! Make sure to visit the aquarium in Stanley Park, especially for the Beluga Whales.

Vancouver Harbour

4 September

Fly Vancouver to Heathrow and back to reality!