four years ago today [2012.09.12]
i woke up at dawn and headed into yellowstone national park. i think i was told it'd take eight hours to drive the whole loop though decided to do it anyway. i think i stopped at most of the main locations around the loop for at least a little bit. at one of the areas i decided to go on a hike down a trail where i only saw one other person. part of me was a little concerned as there could be bears in the area, though i had no encounters or issues. it ended up being nice exploring an area that felt pretty remote as most spots in the park had other tourists.
i made it around the loop and to old faithful around dusk. someone had said it wasn't going to be that long for it to go off, so i walked around and waited a bit. it was getting really cold and was pretty dark, though after having waited so long already, i figured i might as well stay as it couldn't be that much longer. i ended up waiting over an hour for it to go off. it was pretty neat and went really high in the air.
freezing after having waited so long for the old faithful geyser at yellowstone to off, i spent the night in the parking lot there. i think there were signs saying no overnight parking or camping or something, and i had seen buffalo wandering in a nearby parking lot, so i kept the top down and slept on the roll over couch rather than the bed over the cab. i was still on my first propane tank and had wondered how long it would last. this night, the coldest night of life on the road so far, i found out what happened when it ran out. in the middle of the night i woke up hearing the heater just clicking every so often like it was trying to start but not igniting. most of my bedding was up under the closed pop up top.. i only had one small blanket and it was below freezing outside. i didn't go outside to figure out how to switch out the tank and just tried to stay warm and make it through the night. the next morning, the temperature was well below freezing, something like 21 or 23 degrees.