June 18, 2010
Our day began with a knock on the door at 5 am. There were blue skies and sunshine. After breakfast we packed up and said goodbye to the gracious hospitality of Stillwater Lodge and were on the road by 6 am. We stopped at Barronette Peak to look for Mountain Goats. We learned that the peak was named for Collins Baronett, a.k.a. Yellowstone Jack. This peak is the only place in the park with an officially misspelled name. Yellowstone Jack gained fame by rescuing Truman Everts, a member of an early expedition who was thrown from his horse, broke his glasses, got burned and was lost in Yellowstone for 37 days before being found.
As the morning continued we shed layers of clothes as the temperature rose to the 60's, a dramatic change from the cold wind and snow of yesterday. We had to make alternate plans when we discovered the road over Dunraven Pass was closed due to snow and ice. We were not disappointed by the change of plans as it only added to the excitement of our day. Within a mile of retracing our path we were greeted by a Black Bear who approached to within 10 feet of our van. We had an unplanned stop near Virginia Cascades for the traditional group head dunk. We all plunged our heads into the 49 degree water. It was very refreshing!
The day continued with stops at the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, stinky and muddy Mud Volcano thermal area and finally our lodging at the historical Lake Hotel. Over a lovely dinner we reminisced about another exciting day in Yellowstone.