9:15 a.m. 66 Degrees, cloudy
Depart Buffalo, WY (thank God!) We head out of town on a 2 lane highway towards snowy mountains. We will be on this highway for 190 miles...I hope we like it! Out the window are ranches and horses.
We spotted a bison grazing on the hill!
We stop at an overlook to take in the incredible 10 Sleep Canyon in Big Horn National Forest. The mountains we just drove through were lush with pine and wildflowers, then we descend
into an incredibly steep and rocky river gorge. Spectacular!
We leave the gorge and enter an almost desert-like environment on the other side with arid plains and striped rocks. It's all scrubby and sagey and if I didn't know better, I'd say we were in New Mexico.
It's getting mountainous again. All the houses out the window are log cabins.
1:47 p.m., 79 degrees, Sun and Clouds
Approaching the gate to Yellowstone
Quick picnic lunch at a small lake. Many of the trees on the way in look like they are dying of disease and/or have been burnt. It's pretty devastating to see.
Quick stop into Fishing Bridge Center for a stamp in our passport and Junior Ranger books (which cost $3!). It's now pouring rain as we head towards the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
We spot some more bison!
3:56 p.m. 55 Degrees, Pouring Rain
We pull into the Mud Volcano Area under heavy fire from rain and lightening. We jump out of the car quickly to take in the sulphurous gasses billowing out of the ground. It is really something to see (and smell). We race back to the car, to avoid being struck by lightening.
We pull into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and see the gorgeous lower falls. The river is running strong and the falls are thundering over the cliff.
5:27 p.m. Barrel Springs
The water is crystal clear blue and literally boiling hot. The kids in this picture are standing in the sulphurous steam. Stinky...but warm. It's now 49 degrees outside. Brrr.....But at least it's stopped raining!
6:08 p.m. 66 Degrees, Partly Sunny
Welcome to Montana!
We decided to skip Mammoth Hot Springs due to rain and lightening. It was a wise choice as it took us quite awhile to navigate our way out of the park. The kids are itching to swim in the motel's indoor pool, which evidently has a water slide. I'm hoping our room is nicer than last night's.
It is! The kids have fun for an hour or so in the pool, then we head out to dinner and back to our spacious "honeymoon sweet" with KING bed and enough extra beds (and pillows) for everyone.
***the internet connection at this hotel is terrible and so I will have to add more pictures later***