Hiking about 3 miles total throughout the day; maintained trails, asphalt paths, some uneven and rocky terrain, boardwalks and down several hundred stairs at Mammoth Terraces. Elevations ranging from 5,800 to 8,000 feet. Walking distance does not include walking around overnight sites (e.g. to and from dining locations, restroom stops, etc.). Getting on/off motorcoach; Driving about 75 miles; about 3.5 hours.
In the hotel dining room, we’ll have tasty breakfast buffet coffee, tea, juice, and water.
Enjoy an introductory lecture given by our instructor. During our morning class time our instructor will put Yellowstone into perspective as we discuss some of the geologic processes that have shaped Yellowstone's landscape through the ages. We’ll consider tectonic plate movement, the Yellowstone hot spot, and how the Park's unique ecosystem and diverse habitats are a direct result of glaciations, as well as tectonic and volcanic activity. We will check out of our hotel, meet our motorcoach, and transfer to the top of the Mammoth Terraces. Our instructor will lead for an acclimatization walk as we observe the ever changing, graceful travertine beauty. About two tons of travertine, a type of limestone, is deposited daily as hot, mineral-laden water wells up from beneath the earth's crust to add to terraces that began building thousands of years ago.
Sack lunches in the park includes sandwich, chips, fruit & cookies.
After lunch, we will board our motor coach and continue the day's discovery. Our instructor will offer commentary as we travel through a magnificent landscape, past Mount Washburn, and over Dunraven Pass at 8,859 feet. As we go toward Yellowstone Lake, breathtaking vistas of seemingly endless countryside roll out. We will enjoy the rest of our afternoon in the Lake Yellowstone area.
In the Lake Hotel dining room, we’ll use vouchers for plated meals from a select menu, which includes salad, entrée, and dessert, plus soft drink, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After dinner we will board our bus and transfer to Canyon Village in the Canyon of the Yellowstone area and check into our lodge rooms.