I had a great lunch with fried trout, a fruit salad and good beer. It was so wonderful to be able to sit and hang out with people from home, with whom I never dreamt I would see on this trip.
After lunch, Ken took Neil and I on a quick little tour of the kitchen and we walked back out the lake to take some pictures and say goodbye for now. Ken is a great guy I meet at Civano, where I work in Tucson. He decided to take a chance and pursue his passions for cooking and I'm so proud of him! Good luck getting to Orlando Ken!
Neil and I made our way to Old Faithful, stopping first at West Thumb and walked around some of the mud pools and hot springs with all the beautiful colors. We got to Old Faithful just as it was erupting, so we went inside and had another beer; Cold Smoke (Scotch Ale) from Missoula, if you haven't had it, it's a delicious slightly sweet, very smooth, dark beer with a little bit of roasted coffee and caramel flavor... yum. Anyway, we waited for the 5:12 show... but had to wait until 5:40 until it actually went off. Very cool!I c an't believe the amount of people that arrive for every eruption, the guy next to me tried to start "a wave" but it didn't work out too well, I told him, most of the people around us probably had no idea what "a wave" was. He laughed and agreed.Neil and I left pretty quickly to try and beat the storm that was rolling in. Glad we didn't have to stay longer, the hail and lighting were pretty bad.
We got back to Big Sky around 5, and ate dinner at a local brewery, and then went home and watched a short DVD on the 1988 fire in Yellowstone, which was very interesting, and very good by the way and both went to bed around 9.