Don’t drive too fast!!
It was late, I had to return to Jackson to meet colleagues in the evening and I totally forgot I was in a “National Park”; I was on the way to Old Faithful Geyser, and, of course, what had to happen, happened: rangers caught me speeding on the road and I was logically fined. Well, Uncle Sam may wait for some time before I pay. . . .
The rangers were very polite and firm, not allowing me out of the car, so, I took this picture in the rear-view mirror. The guy (they were one man and one woman) explained me they had to protect the wildlife. . . . and had to be very firm with the park rules and he told me he was sure that in France it was the same. I could just reply, a bit in sarcastic manner that in France vehicles were not allowed in the National parks I know, so this could not happen. . . . . . He was not angry with me and we had a chat about parks, wildlife preservation and protection, and about differences between Europe and America about these subjects.
It was too late to visit Old Faithful Geyser (faithful, because it gushes more than 30 m high at very regular one and a half hours intervals, never missing its rendez-vous), and when I arrived there, I discovered a very wide parking, almost full of cars. . . . so, no regrets not having looked at that wonder surrounded by ooooh and aaah!
I then drove back to Jackson at reasonable speed.
Fun Alternatives: Follow the rules, don't do like me! After all, I deserved it in some way. . . .Related to:
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The entire Park
We spent 11 hours riding through the park. We saw one bison, a dozen elk, some geese, and one raven. We talked to hundreds (too many people, really) and they had not experienced any number of animals either. The people at the tourist stops would tell us to go over>>>>>>>. and we would. Old Faithful's parking lot is about 10 acres, crowded and unless you are there long before the next eruption, you won't be able to see anything but the heads of the thousands of people in front of you.
The fee is $25.00 USD. Save your money and go somewhere else. I can see elk in my backyard, ravens in the trees, and geese land in our field to eat the grain the next door farmer misses. The hotels within 65 miles charge double rates. There is nothing there worth the drive, the crowds, and the heavy traffic in the park.
Yes, the elk were pretty, the raven was huge and the geese were fat. Old faithful was nice, but ....
Unique Suggestions: There is no way to make the experience pleasant other than to not go there. For most of my life I dremed of seeing Yellowstone, the bears, the magnificent scenery, and so on. Yellowstone is not scenic. Visit Coer D'lane, or anywhere else.Related to:
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