JoDo Chasing Rainbows

Fairy Falls Trail

One of the most popular hikes in Yellowstone is the Fairy Falls trail. It is a little over 5 miles if you just got to the falls. If you add Imperial Geyser it is about 7 miles round trip. I have been out there twice. The first time by myself and the second with Donna once I let her know that it is a almost completely flat trail.

I want out there alone to get more miles for the 100 miles club. This trail has so many folks on it you can hike alone. You really won’t be alone. There was a person within 10 feet of me the entire hike. I think this is so popular because the beginning of this trail has the overlook to Grand Prismatic which is the Mid Geyser Basin region. You can also bike part of this trail. It is also very family friendly since it is flat. I highly recommend going the extra 3/4 miles to Imperial Geyser. There is a pool, geyser and mud pots back there. It is extra cool to be in that area.

My first time to the falls:

My second time to the falls:

Update on 100 mile hiking club

I try to hike at least once per week. I am making progress on my 100 miles. It is hard though because it is not wise to hike alone at Yellowstone. There are only a few places where I can go alone. I have not met that many folks who want to hike as many miles as me. That being said, I am almost half way to 100 miles. By time this posts I should be closer to 90 miles.

Here is a sampling of where I have been since my last post. Slough Creek – 10.2 miles to a back country camp site.

This was a great hike. I signed up for this hike through our recreation department. It was me, Katie and three gentlemen from Lithuania. They were so funny. There humor was so dry that I got a cough by the end of that hike. Great view. Wonderful animal sightings. As with any hike in Yellowstone, it started with a long uphill climb. I am glad that I did not know how long it was uphill because I would have probably skipped the hike.

Natural Bridge – 3.19 miles on mostly flat surfaces

Natural Bridge trail is right next to our campground. We were waiting for a really nice day to due this hike. It was so nice that I think I might do this one every day. There were so many folks on the trail that I could easily do this one alone. We were never out of sight of people.

I know that I will make my 100 miles before September. More to come…

Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful

We have finally made it to the Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin. We have already adjusted out mindset that there is no way to do everything we want to do in one season at Yellowstone. This place is just that big. We hear from visitors all the time that they want to see the entire park in two days. It is not possible. It is possible to drive the upper and lower grand loops in that time but you will be in your car most of that time.

That being said, we made it to the most iconic area of the park. We got to see Old Faithful go off twice. We did not get to see any of the other big geysers go off while we were there. I think this area has some of the most beautiful springs and pools. The colors are so soothing. Don’t be fooled though. They are hot! They can kill you quickly.

We are using the boardwalks to help Donna get to her 100 miles for the 100 mile hiking club. This day we walk 5 miles around these geyser basin.

We also visited the Black Sand Basin which is across the road from the Old Faithful area. We had not been there before. It is gorgeous. We skipped this on our first visit to the park because it was small. I am glad we rectified this mistake.

Last stop on this day was the Firehole Basin. There is a hot lake in this area.

Heart Mountain Internment Camp

We visited the Heart Mountain Memorial area that is between Cody and Powell, WY. This ‘camp’ held Japanese people, most who were Americans, during World War II. There were ten such camps spread through out the United States. This camp being the most northern and the furthest east was in Arkansas.

This camp held over 10,000 people in one square mile. We were told that the density was comparable to living in Los Angeles. What I liked most about this museum is the oral history stories. People who lived in this camp telling their own stories of life before, during and after their confinement.

This place is a chilling reminder of what we can do to our own citizens. The location is about 20 minutes outside of Cody. Here is a link to the website if you want further information.