To say the weather is fickle would be a gross understatment. Just because they say, it was 80 degrees last week, does not mean it won’t snow this week. But we got sunshine and it was time to ride. We left early enough to beat the crowds, although it’s still 100 miles to the heart of Yellowstone. From our planning we knew the, “can’t miss” attractions, and we first went straight to Artist Point to view the South falls of the Yellowstone.
We (Karla) really wanted to hike to, “Uncle Tom’s Trail” but it was closed for renovation. We knew that ahead of time, and that meant we would not be able to walk the 600 step stairway down (and back up.) Darn the luck! That also meant the large parking area that would absorb many autos was also closed and they would pass by to Artist Point. This is a one-way in, one-way out road, so even early the traffic was heavy. Cars were backed up about a mile and you could tell people had been waiting awhile, as many were attempting U-turns as they gave up.
I had spied the lot from Google Earth and knew where a pirate motorcyle might find safe harbor………The lot is fairly small, holding maybe 100 cars. The back up on the road was caused by people who were waiting for a spot to open up. As one car left, the next guy in line would accelerate around the loop to grab the spot. We pulled around everyone and slid up next to the curb where only a motorcycle would find appealing. The first car in line was from Tennessee. Nothing particularly interesting in that, but he was stubborn as a mule….not going to move until a place opened up….
We parked, stripped off our riding gear and walked the path to the view point for some photos. We stayed for an hour and upon returning to the bike, guess who was 1st in line…….Hey Tennessee! We u-turned around in front of him and waived as we sped away.