Day 5

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    Posted by Veronica ( on September 25, 2005 at 10:08:41:

    In Reply to: Day 4-III posted by Veronica on September 25, 2005 at 10:06:53:

    Bunsen Peak is on the hike menu today. In all my trips to Yellowstone, Iíve never done it before. Itís a great mini-Washburn, about two miles each way rather than three, and maybe a little shadier more of the way. At higher reaches, it affords amazing views of Mammoth, Gardiner, Swan Lake, Gardinerís Hole, and the Lava Creek drainage. At the top, the views are even more sweeping, entirely worth the gentle switchbacks. Along the way I hear, but do not see, a peregrine falcon. The top is populated by blue grouse, hairy woodpecker, pine siskins, and many prickly communication antennas. Happily, itís possible to find a comfy place to hunker out of the wind and enjoy it all without having to look at them, or even at the couple of other hikers who come and go.

    After running non-stop for several days, we take a housekeeping break in the afternoon, getting a little wash done in the excellent public laundromat at the Yellowstone Village Inn (does it surprise you that a facility managed by Chat Daddy would be clean as a whistle and in perfect working order, not to mention have a wonderful view??) filling up the tank (ouch) and gorging on Outlawís Pizza, recommended by many on this page and now heartily endorsed by Veronica and Kevin.

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