Sunday, August 28, 2011

Yellowstone Lake (August 12 Part 2)

We spent a few hours on Yellowstone Lake starting at the Bridge Bay Marina. We rented an outboard (little boat with a motor) for $45 an hour. I think we were out on the water for just a little over an hour. The lake got pretty choppy that afternoon, which made a bumpy ride and we got soaked with the freezing water. The kids loved it and Maralee was cackling and laughing most of the time.
That's the yellow Lake Hotel in the distance, the oldest hotel in the park.
Steamboat Point unfortunately wasn't steaming when we went by.
I think we did our boating backwards as we were soaked when we took our scenic cruise on this boat. Our tour guide was a woman that has lived in Yellowstone for 15 years, working for Xanterra from the marina in the summer and teaching cross country skiing around Old Faithful in the winter. What a life!
There is even a shipwreck at Stevenson Island, The E.C. Waters, the largest steamship ever on Yellowstone Lake. You can look up more information about E.C. Waters, but basically he was a crooked and looney businessman that eventually was barred from entering the park again by Superintendent Samuel Young.
It was a nice, clear day and we could even see Grand Teton from the lake, peaking around at us.

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