With that, we beat a retreat to the car and brave the maniacs starting to clog the roads to head towards Cody, Wyoming. There are few geysers near West Thumb, and I get a more intimate look at an extinct steam hole, marked with the skeletal white mineral deposits around the black hole. From this spot we got our first glimpse of the huge lake that covers the southeastern corner of the park.
We take a long pause at the Lake Village Store for lunch – burgers and chips topped off with ice cream and a little shopping, all with the view of Yellowstone Lake spread out before us, and snow-capped mountains beyond. It is a fine resting stop before the long drive ahead.