Next morning we set off for Gardiner to meet the rest of the group, and Juan and David, our leaders.
We stopped to take a few photos on the way.
One of the spots we stopped at was Mallard Point, or View (I forget) overlooking a horseshoe bend on the Yellowstone River. On our return, a week later, the river was frozen solid!
Once at Gardiner, we checked in to the hotel, (very nice) and then went out and had a quick look at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Since it was cold and gloomy, and we were tired, we headed back to Gardiner, took a nap, and met the rest of the group when they arrived. They were later than expected due to airline delays. We'd chosen to drive since we didn't really trust the weather.
During our workshop, we spent three days in a snowcoach in the area around Old Faithful.
On the way out from Artists Point, quick reactions from our driver Doug saved us from what would most likely been a nasty accident with a speeding snowcoach in the middle of the road. This put us in a ditch, but nobody was hurt, and a large tracked vehicle from Mammoth winched us out in short order.
A very enjoyable and productive week in Yellowstone NP with Muench, and thanks to David and Juan.
Weather went from snowing hard to brilliant sunshine, and from quite cold to not really that cold.
Lots of Bison, some in the road! Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, Coyotes, Red Foxes and lots of Magpies! The park is totally different in the winter, only a couple of places were immediately recognizable.