Wyoming 2019 – Middle & Lower Basin

Driving north once more, we reach the Middle Basin (with famous Grand Prismatic Spring) and Lower Basin (with Fountain Paint Pot); the cold weather made for so much steam from the hot springs that our view and photos were nowhere close to the famous images – even walking up to the recently added Grand Prismatic Spring view; but still the area is beautiful and snow on the Bison added to our day!

Wyoming 2019 – Old Faithful

We stayed in the Old Faithful Inn to be close to the geyser; I can’t recommend the inn itself (poor service, old rooms with zero internet and in one room not even drapes on the windows!) but the location is perfect for seeing the Upper Basin area of Yellowstone – and we were greeted with an Old Faithful eruption almost as soon as we arrived!

Next morning, it had snowed and was really cold – except for the heat of the geyser of course …

 

Wyoming 2019 – Grand Teton National Park

We’ve returned from our big Wyoming vacation with loads of memories – and photos! We started and ended the trip in the Grand Teton National Park, offering incredible mountain views as well as Moose, Elk, rivers and lakes. An amazing, peaceful, beautiful area …

At the end of our trip we stayed in Jackson, and drove our past Kelley to the Gros Ventre Slide area, a landslide nearly 100 years ago blocked a valley and created Slide Lake; interesting here too were red rocks – and of course the distant view of the Tetons, still …

 

Visiting Chicago

We’ve just returned from a few days in Chicago, our first trip there and a great city to visit so long as you don’t rent a car (which we didn’t); we stayed right in the skyscraper center next to the river, and had easy walking along the riverside, down to The Bean, over to the Navy Pier – and then clean reliable train service out to further parts of the city.

It was cold when we arrived, warmer another day, cold again – we bought hats and wore a coat most of the time; we walked, and took loads of photos. Our hotel room overlooked the river and Trump Tower, for when we weren’t out walking …

 

We took an “architectural river cruise” with Wendella, learning about the skyscraper history and getting great views as we traveled through the lock and out to Lake Michigan, and back …

We (twice) watched all the bridges open to let tall mast yachts through (a very slow process with so many bridges, opening one-at-a-time!)

 

We walked to The Bean (Cloud Gate), spectacular and beautiful art!

In the evening we watched Art on theMart, a somewhat strange and soundless projection (sound is supposed to be available from the website but it was unconvincing); some great night time views from the riverside too:

There was more too, shopping, pizza (of course), and endless chocolate; a great vacation!

Key West and Fort Taylor

Today’s cooler weather nevertheless was warm enough to tour Fort Zachary Taylor – we went to the beach there too, but not in the ocean! We did get to watch Pelicans …

 

We also walked the full length of Duval Street, busy with tourists, and took a photo of “the southernmost point of USA” (not bothering to stand in the long queue!), and watched many chickens crossing the road …