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Snowshoeing to Tower Falls [Yellowstone]

SSYNP TFA few weeks ago,  right when February started feeling like April, The Sexy Master Electrician and I headed down to Yellowstone to see what there was for snow and what we could do with it. We were thinking snowshoeing since it would probably be kind of icy for cross country skiing. And TSME still needs to work on his skiing skills. We drove down to the Mammoth Hot Springs and stopped at the gear shop at the hotel. We talked to the guys who run the gear rental shop. They recommended heading up to Tower Falls, they had some new snow over night, so hopefully it got more than a dusting up there. We figured why not and grabbed some snowshoes on the way out.

There wasn’t much new snow up at the trail, but it was a beautiful day for a hike. The trail is on the main road that they close for the winter. It’s about two and a half miles up to the falls, and it’s a steady climb the entire way up. We both started out with our snowshoes on, but someone may have tripped and might have thrown a bit of a fit and removed his about a quarter of the way up.

A fit capture via TSME's GoPro  (I spared you the image by image)

A fit capture via TSME’s GoPro (I spared you the image by image)

You really didn’t need them, they added a bit of traction, but that’s it. There was no worry of sinking through the snow on the trail. I eventually took mine off towards the top after stopping to admire the canyon.

snowshoeingThe whole hike was gorgeous. The views were wonderful and the falls were frozen over. You could just see the water moving below the ice.

It was so awesome to be at the falls with no one else around. We passed several people on the trail, but no one was there when we arrived. Last time we were there in the summer, the parking lot was completely full and the viewpoint was overrun with people. This time it was completely silent, everything shut down. We sat at the empty picnic tables and enjoyed lunch before heading back down.

SSYNP TF3On the way back we kept a lookout for the wolf tracks we had seen on the way up and realized they were following the trail for quite awhile. We should have been up early  to see them. Or not. Other than that we only saw some bison and elk off the trail and on the road.

And then we finished the day off the best way possible. At the Boiling River.

TSME's GopPro catching my true feeling stepping into boiling or freezing water.

TSME’s GoPro catching my true feeling stepping into boiling or freezing water- once we found our spot we stayed for over an hour.

Approaching the river via TSME

Approaching the river via TSME

 

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Sunday Afternoon [forty]

IMG_2480If we were having coffee right now I would tell you about Halloween! I broke out the cotton candyland queen dress, messed up my make-up, lipstick on teeth a must, and made a sash to become Miss Nothing. The Sexy Master Electrician went as a blacksmith last weekend and Dexter this weekend.  Last weekend we had two parties to attend. One was heavily children loaded. But there were twin chicken toddlers that were pretty funny. And a little girl who thought my drunken beauty queen costume was actually a pretty princess. The second was all grown ups, more yummy snacks and puppies.

TSME napping with Winnie. Halloween takes it out of him.

TSME napping with Winnie. Halloween takes it out of him.

Skull Cake!

Skull Cake!

This weekend we went downtown with friends. It was a blast and when it was over, leftover cold fried chicken never tasted so good.

Dexter

Dexter

The Drunken Miss Nothing and The Evil Queen

The Drunken Miss Nothing and The Evil Queen

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you about Rooster and Sage. Rooster, aka Roo, is a teacup yorkie puppy. Sage is his much older golden retriever roommate, who is sort of a fan, but not really yet. They are TSME’s cousin’s dogs. He was asked to babysit for a long weekend, so I of course tagged along. So damn cute. I did feel bad for maybe neglecting Sage a little bit, but it’s really hard when there is a tornado of small dog in your lap.

Roo and his Shunk

Roo and his Shunk

aurd Dog

Guard Dog

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If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you that I finally went into the Story Mansion. It’s the largest of them all on Willson Street where they collected. It was a frat house back in the day up until my first year of college. Somehow I never ended up at any parties there. Anyway. It is now offices and the first floor is an event venue. So I went mostly to see the inside. The mash potato bar (brilliant) and s’more bar were and extra bonus.

Mashed Potato Bar

Mashed Potato Bar

S'more bar

S’more bar

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you there are many times, I couldn’t agree with this more.

And this is also very true: “In 1964, Pablo Picasso was asked by an interviewer about the new electronic calculating machines, soon to become known as computers. He replied, “But they are useless. They can only give you answers.”  I probably need to unplug a bit more… via This is Glamorous.

If we were having coffee right now I would tell you that I am so happy that I will be able to play volleyball next week. After sitting out three games over this dumb twisted ankle. I am ready to play again. Yeah!

Team Short Shorts!

Team Short Shorts!

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would scream it out again how happy I am for my friend’s Melissa and Kurt. They finally got engaged while in Italy. And it sounds like Kurt did a fantastic job. She had no idea. Well done Kurt!

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I show you this cool idea for highways. When are we going to get it here?

DCIM100GOPROIf we were having coffee this afternoon, it would have been in the Boiling River. After a night out in Livingston, we headed down there to enjoy the river. The weather was grey and cold, and when we arrived, there was only five of us. It was perfect. We were there for about an hour when more people started showing up and we decided it was time to leave.

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Northern Yellowstone [Weekend Trip pt.2]

The second day of our weekend was suppose to be nice, or at least no rain. That didn’t really happen. It was still cold and the sun refused to shine. But we went on a couple hikes anyway. And they were pretty awesome.

Love not being the one who got up first to start the fire. Or breakfast

Love not being the one who got up first to start the fire. Or breakfast

Let me back track for a minute. We had a pretty busy day planned for ourselves. We had two hikes planned, one up to the see the Petrified Trees on Specimen Ridge and the Bridge on the way to the Hellroaring Creek. We also planned to stop at Tower Falls and go to the Boiling River and not get home too late. Because of the weather, we were a bit lazy getting out of our sleeping bags and into the cold air. If we had drug ourselves up a bit earlier, we would have maybe completed all our hikes. Since there was snow, yes in August, the night before (even if it wasn’t on us), we were lazy and cut all things a bit short.

Black Canyon

Black Canyon

We did stop at Tower Falls. I don’t know why, but I think it is one of my favorite in the park. We went down to the river and hung out for a bit before heading out. We also spent extra time looking around at the canyon area, which I hadn’t done before. It is such a beautiful part of the park.

Petrified Tree

Petrified Tree

Our next stop was the petrified trees. And not the one linked above. This was a hike to the top of Specimen Ridge, but not the long way that you can go, it’s like 10 miles. This was from an unmarked parking lot on the south side of the road just west of the Lamar River bridge. If you cross the bridge you went too far. The trail itself is pretty obvious. It follows an old jeep trail for the first bit, then it splits and heads south east up the hill. And it is steep. STEEP. It’s only three miles round trip, but it will kick your ass. The weather was threatening rain the entire time, and parts of it were muddy and slick from the rain the day before.

Muddy Slope

Muddy Slope

Petrified Stump

Petrified Stump

On Specimen Ridge

On Specimen Ridge

Lamar Valley from Specimen Ridge

Lamar Valley from Specimen Ridge

The trees made it worth it. We would have completely missed the first one you pass on the trail had it not been for the couple stopped next to it. We were focused on getting up the hill. We turned around where the trail hit the hill top. We could have continued on the ridge line for a bit, but it didn’t look like the view was going to get much better.  We managed to make it back down the hill will out sliding on our butt through the mud and moved on to the next trail.

Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

Beartooth pass 2014 (145)The trail to Hellroaring Creek is actually a four mile hike round trip. The bridge is about half way in over the Yellowstone River and the trail to it is the most difficult part of the hike. You switch back down a big hill with great views of the river. They make up for it. We were really hoping to see a bear in the meadows beyond, but had not luck. The bridge is really cool and worth the trip, even if my legs were hurting from the earlier hike. Beartooth pass 2014 (147)

We forced ourselves back up the hill and into the truck to head to the Boiling River. We stopped briefly at the Mammoth Hot Springs since The Sexy Master Electrician had never been on the way. The sun decided it was finally time to come out as we arrived at the river. Naturally. Why wouldn’t you want it to be sunny and hot as you enter a boiling river? I don’t know why not either. It still felt great. We found a perfect spot that didn’t have terrible scalding and freezing alternating currents. My muscles needed it. It was a perfect end to the weekend.

Boiling River

Boiling River

So that’s the end of our last summer weekend in the park. It closed early October and some roads closed after Labor Day for construction. We will be going back to the Boiling River this winter and hopefully do some snowmobiling too, but I can’t wait to head back next summer for more exploring!

 

The Boiling River & XC Skiing in Yellowstone

The day after the Run to the Pub, a couple friends and I drove down to the northern entrance of Yellowstone to do some cross country skiing and soak in the Boiling River. It’s about a two hour drive through the gorgeous Paradise Valley down to Gardiner. The whole way down we were a bit worried that there would be no snow, the days before had been warm and there wasn’t much snow to be seen in the valley.

Professional XC skiers - Picture from MK

Professional XC skiers – Picture from MK

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xc yellowstone (2) xc yellowstone (15)Once we arrived at the Mammoth Hot Springs,  there was some snow, but it wasn’t great. Still we were determined to do ski at least the loop and there were others out doing the same. It was icy and we did have plenty of bare spots to walk through. Still it was a beautiful day with some amazing scenery and we had a good time before heading down to soak.

Picture from MK

Picture from MK

A ski may have run away when we were putting them back on after crossing a snowless zone

A ski may have run away when we were putting them back on after crossing a snowless zone

xc yellowstone (24)The Boiling River was a place I had passed by many times, but never stopped to check it out. The Boiling River is a spot on the Gardner River where a hot springs flows in an mixes with the cold river water to create a great spot for soaking. To get to the springs,  you have a little less than a mile hike along the river to the springs from the parking area that is just inside the park gate.

xc yellowstone (30)Everyone just leaves their towels and coats on the fence while in the river. One thing we forgot/didn’t think to bring was shoes we could wear in the water. The rocks are slippery and sharp and it would have been nice to have them as we made our way across them to the part of the pool that is well mixed. You have about 20 feet of alternating freezing cold water and boiling hot to get through, be able to move quickly would have been nice.

Once we made our way to the “pools,” it was so nice and relaxing. The water temperature was perfect almost perfect. Some times you just had to move around a bit to catch the right current. I could see how easy it would be to stay in there for a very long time, but we only stayed for about a half hour or so.

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see the steam of the springs way down there?

xc yellowstone (31)From here on out, unless it is absolutely impossible, I intend to stop at the Boiling River every time we go by. And next year we all decided we would get it together earlier in the season to go skiing down in park when there is snow. Winter is finally ending, but we already have several things planned for the next one, I think I’m gonna like it out here.

Snow boots and swimsuits

Snow boots and swimsuits