Day 5 - Old Faithful to Mammoth

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    Posted by Greg ( on January 22, 2008 at 23:28:55:

    In Reply to: Day 4 - to Canyon posted by Greg on January 22, 2008 at 23:26:52:

    We awoke and finished packing, loaded the sleds and headed out. We were not even 20 feet from the door and Ceri fell. She was ok, just embarrassed.

    We arrived back at the Snow Lodge and stored our gear for the luggage coach to Mammoth then headed for breakfast.

    To our surprise our new friends were waiting as well and we were all able to sit together for breakfast. Only 4 of us were heading north today, Jerry, Bob and family were going back on Monday.

    We went and finished some gift shopping. I went out and took some pics and then we headed over to see Old Faithful in the winter. Very very kool.

    Then back in, we sat around the fire, check in for the ride home.

    The we ran in Yellowstone girl, Kristine. We were able to exchange hugs and talk for a bit. She was heading to the Firehole River to try our her new Cannon 10-20 mm lens. Her coach was leaving so we said good byes. Ceri was going somewhere with Penny, so I went to site down and watch the camera gear.

    In the mean time, two people stopped and asked if they could interview me concerning my stay at Old Faithful and in Yellowstone. They said it would take about 15 minutes and they would also video tape it.

    Before we were done, Ceri came back and saw me talking to this young blond lady. The look out her face was great. But once she saw the camera and microphone, she was ok. The interview lasted a total of 20 minutes, very kool questions that they asked.

    It was time so say good bye to our new friends. We exchanged phone numbers and email addresses. Yes, we have all emailed already.

    We found out that Jim was going to be our coach driver back to Mammoth and Robyn and her family were not assigned to this one. A total of 4 coaches were headed north.

    Once on board, Jim has us all introduce us to each other. Donna and Matty were also on the coach. Kool seeing them again.

    We had a group of 8 from Brazil and they were not very talkative. So it was Donna, Matty, Ceri and I. Jim was in for problems from the get go.

    We stopped at the Biscuit basin. I decided to walk to towards the road looking for tracks. Jim said he saw a cat here last week. Robyn's coach stopped too and she ended up in our coach talking to Ceri.

    I was out by the road and watched a line of snowmobilers pass me. I could not believe how quite they were compared to the ones in Cooke City.

    Our luggage coach passed and the driver waved. It looked like Krazy Karen, but I was not sure.

    Back inside, it was time to head out. The people from Brazil did not enjoy the cold walk at all.

    We stopped at Madison warming hut and then headed towards Mammoth. Donna, Ceri and I were talking to Jim (Marty fell asleep) turns out Jim knows John (silverwolf). We had a blast on the way up. We were the last coach to arrive at the transfer station.

    We then boarded the bus and headed towards the Mammoth Hotel and retrieve our luggage and get the car out of the snow.

    We stopped at the Gardiner store and picked up a few things as we had a kitchenette at the Absaroka Lodge.

    Checked into the hotel, unpacked and relaxed. It was 8pm already.

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