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We had a wonderful month-long trip to Yellowstone. We arrived on May 20 and departed for home on June 18. It was a long and wonderful trip. My two sisters joined my wife and me for the last couple of weeks of the trip. My friend Greg and my adorable 7 year old goddaughter were there for the last 3 days. We also had a visit from Jean and Honani, great friends who now live Montana.

The trip was truly wonderful. We had wonderful encounters with wildlife and truly amazing experiences watching geysers. We took a few trips into the back country, which I enjoyed tremendously.

In this thread, I will try to share (a bit at a time) a few of the experiences we had.

I will start with a wonderful day where we saw the Artemisia geyser erupt and then hiked the trail by it.

We had decided to hike (with wheelchair, of course) the trail from the Daisy geyser area to the Biscuit basin area. That is about a mile-long dirt path. It has wonderful scenery and views of many hidden thermal features.

While we were hiking it, we noticed that Artemisia was going off. That is a geyser I had never seen erupt before, so we stopped and watched it from a fantastic view point across the river from the geyser. It was absolutely wonderful.

We made our way to biscuit basis. I was riding in my Permobil C500S VS wheelchair for that part of the trip. My sister and wife had taken the wheelchair van to biscuit basis and then driven back to the old Faithful area where we started our journey.

When we got to biscuit basin, we did a thorough tour and my sisters and wife did the hike to Mystic falls. After that, they helped me unload the Magic Mobility X4 wheelchair from the van so we could try the trail that runs right next to the Artemisia geyser.

That trail is very difficult, and is a challenge, even in the X4 four wheel drive wheelchair. I enjoyed the trail immensely! I did almost flip the wheelchair once and I scared my sisters and my wife on a couple of occasions. But, we made it through just fine.

Here is a brief video of me coming down the trail from the Artemisia geyser. It was a lot scarier than it looks! I enjoyed it tremendously.

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awww the video stopped just when you were getting to the really scary bit and I was all holding my breath getting ready and all

this will be a great thread, thanks for taking us along!
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How awesome Steve. I so enjoy your stories and pictures/videos of your great adventures. Looking forward to more about this trip. Kate
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Steve, you and my Brian would have gotten along great, he liked off roading, but only has a c300.
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Thanks for all the feedback! I often reflect on the adventurous spirit other PALS have. I would so like to share my adventures with them, but know that it is not practical.

Here are a few more pictures, all taken with my little sister's cell phone.

1. From left to right: my little sister Ginger, big sister Fran, me, and my wife Lori at a lunch stop on the trail that runs from Daisy Geyser to Biscuit Basin. This is a very pleasant trail that follows the firehole river for about a mile in Yellowstone's Upper Geyser Basin. It was a beautiful day!

2. From left to right: Haruki (our cat), my wife Lori, and my precious Goddaughter Victoria at our campsite at the Madison Campground. There are only two accessible campsites at this campground and we have been fortunate enough to be able to reserve one of them for our trips over the last several years.

3. From left to right: Me, my good friend Greg (and father to my wonderful Goddaughter), and my big sister Fran at our campsite.

4. From left to right: Me, my little sister Ginger, and my big sister Fran at the overlook for the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. This waterfall has the highest volume of water flowing over it of any falls in the Rocky mountains. At over 300 feet tall, it is twice as tall as Niagara falls. It is a truly impressive site.

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Awesome trip. Wish I could still be ventilator free and still had control of my Frontier V6.
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