We got in to our first campground in the park, Madison Campground, on Sunday night. Early Monday morning, I walked Cody around the campground, and then my dad and I started our drive along the southern edge of Yellowstone. Our first stop was at Fountain Paint Pots, where we walked around and took our time checking out all the geysers. Next, we went to the Old Faithful area and stood in the rain waiting to see the geyser erupt. The sky was totally gray, so it was pretty hard to actually make out the geyser, but I didn’t mind. We walked in to some of the buildings – the Snow Lodge, the visitor center, the Old Faithful Inn – and then drove to Biscuit Basin to do the Mystic Falls Loop. The geysers there were really incredible, and the waterfall at the turnaround point (unless we did things very wrong, none of the loops we did were actually loops) was really pretty. I walked Cody around the parking area (no dogs allowed in National Parks) and then we drove to the West Thumb Geyser Basin on the edge of Yellowstone Lake. We ended the day at Bridge Bay, our campsite for the night.
The animal tally for the day was 1 great blue heron, 1 bison, 1 (incredibly cute) American red squirrel, lots of chipmunks, lots of caterpillars, 3 elk, and 1 yellow-bellied marmot. There was a lot more to be seen the next two days!