What a day, what a day!  Today was such a long day with very differing situations, so I’m splitting this up into two parts!…


(there are plenty of pictures so I put them at the end!)

Part 1 – Bears, buffalo and beautiful sites!

We woke up alive after the big storm, so we were off to a great start.  All our towels were soaking wet from using them to cushion the corners of the tent during the storm, which meant no showers (again).  We got the day started around 6am because we heard there were storms brewing for the afternoon.  We are still fairly slow at the packing up the camp (considering our 20 minute setup time) and were on the road by 8am.

We drove for an hour until we reached West Yellowstone and finally had our first sit down meal of the trip (we felt we deserved it after braving the storm), a delicious breakfast at a local eatery called Running Bear.  It was fantastic and our stomachs thanked us for it… and little did we know we wouldn’t eat again for another 12 hours.

The early morning fog lifted as we waited for about 20 minutes to enter the park and the views and sights were beautiful and everything we expected.  This is a land where the animals roam free and feel like movie stars.  Every animal could stop traffic and expect 50 cameras in its face before they finished lunch in their favorite grazing place.  The rivers were endless, the lake was enormous, and the natural canals made for some beautiful scenic views.  OH, and not to mention good ol’ Old Faithful who decided to go off not more than 2 minutes after our arrival!  (Thank you Old Faithful for not keeping us waiting)

We witnessed buffalo jaywalking, bears snacking, deer squatting, geysers blowin’, tourists gawking, and Winnebagos driving at 5 mph.  The views were breathtaking, the land green and fertile, and made for great motorcycle riding.  Our short stay was everything we imagined.

We could have easily spent several days in this beautiful park but as we looked to the heavens, we were frightened by the dark evil clouds conspiring to ruin our drive to Billings, Montana, where we planned to visit some family!  We started to depart Yellowstone around 2pm and expected a quick journey to Billings in about 3 hours…  TO BE CONTINUED.

Passing through the Continental Divide!

Passing through the Continental Divide!

Right before she blew.

Right before she blew.

A Jaywalking Buffalo

A Jaywalking Buffalo

Posing with the buffalo

Posing with the buffalo