After the tour of the geysers it was almost dark before we left on our final lap for the day - a 2 hour drive to Mammoth Springs Hotel. We reached around 8.30 at night and temperatures continued to below 32 degree F. We checked into a warm & comfortable double bedded log cabin room where five of us stayed. The room was smaller than expectation but sufficient. After freshening up we decided to go to the Dining Hall for dinner. We could hear the moose mating calls resounding from the nearby hills. The hall was full and we had to wait for around 20 mts to get a table. The diners were mostly Americans but there were quite a few Asians too. I could count at least three Indian families including us. We feasted on vegetable soup,bread sticks and pasta and the atmosphere was lively with soft lilting piped music.The young lady who attended to us was very courteous and ever smiling. I understood that she worked the hotel at nights to pay her graduate school expenses.
After a good nights sleep I got up early and walked around with my camera to shoot a few pics. The temperature was close to 15 degree F. Very very cold indeed considering that water freezes at 32 degree F . I could see frost deposits on the sprawling lawns of the resort as also on the windshields of quite a few vehicles. It was quite amazing as I had never such thick deposits of frost before.The surrounding scenery was spectacular & captivating. The sky was bright and clear and the sunrise was sparkling. Some of these shots are shown below: My personal favorites are that of the moose which made an unexpected appearance near the grocery store and created a flutter.
|Welcome Sign to Hot Springs area|
|Front View of Hotel Entrance & Lobby|
|All Ladies Check-in crew|
|Dining Hall & Lounge|
|Gas fired Fire Place in the Lobby (The logs are artificial)|
|Cottages where we spend the night|
|Shopping Mall across from the Dining Area|
|Snacks & Beverages Bar|
|Caught the elusive Magpie|
|A bold semi domesticated elk that has strayed into the hotel area|
|Grazing peacefully without Fear unmindful of the people around|
Nice view of mountain & cottages snapped from the Terrace Grill Windows
|View of Mammoth Hot Springs from Hotel Area|