I had camped in bear country in Alaska, but Yellowstone was a different matter. The bears in Yellowstone are more accustomed to people and had learned to associate humans with food. So camping outdoors in soft-sided tents (as opposed to campers and such) was forbidden. That was OK with me since it was also raining, and the long drives tended to make me want a decent bed and a shower at the end of the day. So when I arrived at Yellowstone I ended up staying in some cabins. This was my view in the morning when I woke up:
A view from my cabin
It was lovely, and the air was fresh and clear. The place was called Pahaska Tepee Resort.

As I drove into the park I could see evidence of the Yellowstone fires of 1988. Many large trunks still stood with evidence of a wildfire. I made it to Old Faithful with minutes to spare:
Old Faithful
As I left the geyser, there was a traffic jam just outside the parking lot:
Traffic jam
I didn’t have time to see all the geologic features of the park, and had just been to Iceland in June, so I only stopped at one feature, Artists Paintpots and hot springs:
hot springs
I liked the milky mud pots that made fart noises, and smelled like them too!
Mud Pots
On that leg of the trip I also saw a herd of elk, but didn’t see any bears. I was also getting tired of driving behind very slow tourists, mostly retirees who drove 10 miles below the speed limit and slowed even further at every attraction. I had to get out of there, eventually leaving the north exit to Montana. There was a cool feature just outside the park, Devil’s Slide:
Devils Slide
After Yellowstone my fun stops would come to an end. I was starting to get tired of travelling and wanted to get done with it, so planned on gunning it to Missoula, Montana. There I stayed at an expensive Holiday Inn adjacent to some all-night construction. I didn’t get much sleep, but took my time in the morning and had some coffee at a nearby cafe.

5 Comments

  1. brettcajun says:

    Beautiful pictures! The scenery is so nice. The prospect of being away from people… even better! I need to go to Yellowstone one day. I have never been to that part of the country yet. Thanks for sharing pumpkin! ;)

  2. Dumpin' says:

    I love cross-country drives. Have dine it three times now, but always the southern route headed to and from Los Angeles. The change in scenery is just so amazing. After leaving a snowy central Ohio, the desert southwest felt almost alien. Sidebar: On the last trip out, I was also reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy at night before bed.

  3. Mike P says:

    I camped in a soft-sided tent in Yellowstone about a decade ago. I guess the rules have changed since then. I was wigged out by the picnic table warnings about not storing food in your tent because it would attract the bears. Talk about sleeping with one eye open.
    Last time I stayed at the Best Western in Jackson Hole. Getting older, I guess.
    Lovely photos, I remember the march of the buffalo down the road with huge heads right beside my car window.

  4. Cubby says:

    I love your pics!

  5. Jim says:

    I guess this is a case of BYOB…bring your own bear! :)

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