Last summer, with a couple of weeks between non-stop weddings, we decided to head to Yellowstone since we had missed seeing it last time we drove home on our cross country boler trip – it was too close to winter and the gates to the park were closed due to snow.
The destination was Yellowstone National Park, but what we saw on the way there and back as we crossed through Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming ,and Oregon was also worth the long days of driving in with the relatively short time we had to make the trip this time. I’m sure we’ll be back.
Taking a short rest at a truck stop and feeling small …
“Yellowstone, of all the national parks, is the wildest and most universal in its appeal…
Daily new, always strange, ever full of change, it is Nature’s wonder park.
-Yellowstone Park for Your Vacation (circa 1920s)” ― Susan Rugh
The entrance to Yellowstone.
As we turned into the only campground where we were able to find last minute camping we came up on our first two bisons of the many we saw during our stay there.
Grizzly bear with cub tracks above right.
Old Faithful … touristy and crowded but a must see.
Seeing bison everywhere was a highlight of the trip.
It was summer weather during the day but at nights it got cold. We woke up our first morning with frost on the inside of the boler windows (no electrical in the campsites) so I warmed up in the car (heated seats!) while Mark got the campfire and coffee going. One of the reasons we love traveling this way is the people we meet along the way. These are our campsite “next door neighbours” who had flown in from France just a few days earlier. We shared hot coffee and warm conversation in a fun mix of French and English.
After leaving Yellowstone we drove towards the Grand Tetons. There were forest fires not far from our only way through.
Our view of the Grand Tetons in front of us.
Then heading west we drove towards home. Always there is something new to see.
On the way home we took a short cut and the weather changed from bright and crisp to moody and wet. Although we had not planned to go this way we are glad we stopped to see this strange and beautiful other-worldly place way in the middle of nowhere. Some photos we took while exploring Craters of the Moon.