Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Solitude

We're literally in one of the tourist hotspots of the world and yet like Devon, you don't have to go too far off the beaten track to avoid the crowds.  The typical behaviour of a visitor here at Yellowstone National Park is to trudge from their snowcoach or snowmobile through the Old Faithful Visitor's Centre, take their picture in front of the world's most famous geyser, buy a souvenir, use the loo and then head on out of the park.  Thankfully, this leaves an awful lot of wide open space for the seemingly few of  us who sometimes relish our peace and quiet.

The Lovelygrey boys and I skied out to the evocatively named Biscuit Basin today.  Not a land of bourbons, jaffa cakes and lemon puffs that I'd hoped for but another thermal feature named after the scone like breakfast fare that is served here.  We were on our own for most of the trip out and  after a party of Korean tourists had left the area we had the place to ourselves whilst we lunched on  traditional hiker food of raw carrots, cashew nuts and power bars with only the frequent eruptions of Jewel Geyser and its companion Shell Spring to break the silence!

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