Here we go with post numero dos!
What does this look like to you? We weren’t sure it was a bison until we blew up the photo on the computer.
I saw it from the road and it wasn’t moving. I’m pretty sure he was dead. Especially since there are no other bison from his herd. Hopefully he’s just taking a nap.
Roaring Mountain. That white stuff you see is steam rising up.
Artist Paint Pots
Then we stopped to eat our lunch next to this cool little river
Next was Grand Prismatic Spring. It looked like an infinity pool! That would probably burn you and cover you with orange bacteria.
A different pool
Then we went to Lower Geyser Basin, which is a small area with several pools and geysers. Also an attraction for Hippe Haters.
Yellowstone was a blast. I highly recommend it to anyone who has never been. In the first hour we saw elk and a grizzly bear! The pictures really speak to how neat this place is and we didn’t spend a ton of time here. We drove straight from the North entrance to the South entrance, which if you take a look at the map, you can see that we didn’t go through much of the park. There are a ton more things you can see and do (like hiking, swimming, sights to see) and I’d love to come back to do them sometime.
I have so many pictures, so I’ll post them over a few days (when I get them organized).
We left early Saturday morning from our campsite in Bozeman and drove about an hour to Gardiner, MT which is the North entrance.
Roosevelt Arch at the entrance
Our first stop at Boiling River (it wasn’t that hot)
Elk chilling at Fort Yellowstone
Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces
We left CDA around 2 pm and arrived in Bozeman around 8:30 pm. Unfortunately Geoff said no to the drive through liquor store idea since we left a bit later than we wanted. The drive was long but really pretty and went by quickly. I-90 was really curvy and uphill from Coeur D’Alene to Missoula and was very green, full of scenery.
After Butte, we drove over the Continental Divide and it was really rocky with a lot of scraggly looking trees. Once we dropped down over that pass, the landscape quickly changed and resembled Royal City, dry with a lot of sagebrush. Perhaps they have a rainfall effect there too?
Shortly later, it turned in to Big Sky country with a lot of grass and dry land farming with a bit of irrigation scattered throughout. Really gorgeous especially with the mountains in the background. Even through we didn’t originally consider Bozeman, MT as a potential landing place, its at the top of my list! (for right now)
Below is a picture dump of my phone. We’ve got scenery, an awesome speed limit that certainly let us cover some ground, Montana border, Geoff playing Chubby Bunny with grapes and lastly Bozeman!
I’ll get a post up soon about Yellowstone, but first I need to learn how to use Geoff’s Mac so I can take photos off the nice camera. Or finally use my gift card at Best Buy to get my own Windows computer. Or make Geoff do it. I’ll let you guess at what really happens.