Saturday, October 11, 2014

Yellowstone I

This blog post is called Yellowstone I because there is more to tell than will fit into one entry. Kathi and I visited Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming the first two weeks in June 2004. We knew we were going to be in the area for awhile, so we opted not to stay in the RV parks in West Yellowstone, Montana which are relatively expensive, $45-50 per day. Instead we stayed at The Howlin’ Mad Moon Resort in Cameron, Montana for $13 per day. There are two entrances to Yellowstone from Montana on the north side, but they were closed because the snow had not melted. Additionally, there are Wyoming entrances to the south and east.

It was a sixty mile drive from Howlin’ Mad Moon Resort to the west entrance of Yellowstone, so we did not drive in every day. The drive was always fun because we were surrounded by beautiful mountain views and the road into West Yellowstone, U.S. 287 trails the Madison River for a good portion of the trip. Then you pass along side of Earthquake Lake, then past Hebgen Lake. We saw trout jumping in the river every time we drove to the park. We saw deer and elk at the edge of the woods along side of the road. We were always alert for bears, but never saw one outside of the park. I was awestruck every time I stepped out of the RV and stayed that way until I went back inside. The weather was great and the views were spectacular, no matter which direction you looked.

There are about 450 miles of park roads inside Yellowstone, so it takes a while to see everything and even being there two weeks was not enough time. Kathi and I do most of our observing from the car and only get out at turn outs to take pictures. We saw people pull off the road near animals to get pictures, but we do not run fast enough for animal close up shots.

One morning we were driving in and a buffalo herd was crossing the park road. This was really fun to see. Cars were stopped in front and behind us for about two miles as the herd crossed the road. The buffalo were in no hurry and no one rushed them. One buffalo came right up to Kathi’s window, looked in at her and snorted. I tried to get her to roll the window down to rub his nose, but she rejected the opportunity. We have seen a lot of interesting things, but Yellowstone will remain one of our favorite ventures.

Buffalo with area in the background destroyed by fire 

Buffalo shedding his winter coat

A small buffalo herd

Fly fisherman -- we saw a few every day.

Water in these pools is ice blue and clear. You can see twenty feet down like looking through a window.

One of many waterfalls we saw.


  1. What a wonderful retirement you and Kathi are having, I sure enjoy reading about it and seeing the pictures.

  2. All comments are appreciated. Thanks you.