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Article: Summer 2008 Road Trip, Part 2

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Day 4: Yellowstone National Park, WY - North Loop. Trip Total 1,683 miles.

A more relaxing day is planned, no need to pack up the tent, just a casual drive round the North Loop of Yellowstone. As soon as we set out, we see more Elk:

Elk

Next stop is the spectacular Grand Canyon of Yellowstone:

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Then back on the road, to see mile after mile of rolling countryside filled with Buffalo, Hot Springs, and the occasional other animal:

Hot Spring with Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo

Deer

Coyote

This is my third trip to Yellowstone, and I've warned my daughter not to get too excited, in my two previous trips I never saw a bear. Just after lunch we hit the jackpot:

Bear

Bear

Bear

Eventually the bear wanders off, and we head on round to the impressive Mammoth Hot Springs. I'll let the pictures do the talking:

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

From there we take a slow drive from there back to the campsite, enjoying the scenery, ready for another night camping with the bears.


Day 5: Yellowstone National Park, WY South Loop. Trip Total 1,803 miles.

Today is the day for the South Loop of Yellowstone. Buffalo and Hot Springs and the occasional deer dominate the first part of the drive, same as the day before.

Deer

For lunch, we head out the west entrance of the park into Montana, and stop by the animal refuge just out side the gate. The wolves are all asleep, but we get there just as they let out 3 of their Grizzly's to feed:

Grizzley Bear

Grizzley Bear

Grizzley Bear

Grizzley Bear

Then back into the park, and we continue on the South Loop. This area of the park is dominated by Hot Springs, until we end up at Old Faithful.

Yellowstone Hot Springs

Yellowstone Hot Springs

Yellowstone Hot Springs

Yellowstone Hot Springs

Old Faithful

See the YellowStone National Park Gallery for more pictures.



Day 6: Yellowstone National Park, WY to Jackson Hole, WY, via Cody, WY and Grand Teton National Park. Trip Total 2,067 miles.

The plan for today is to go to Cody, Wyoming for lunch, and then head back through the park and down into the Grand Tetons. Depending on timing, we'll either camp in the park, or head all the way down to Jackson Hole. On the way to Cody we come across a couple of Moose by the side of the road:

Moose

Moose

We stop and take a few pictures, until they run off across the river, then we continue on towards Cody. The mountains get more rugged, and in one valley we drive through there is what looks like a Bofors gun up on a hillside. The drive to Cody is scenic, crossing a dam, going through a couple of tunnels and through valleys.

The historic town in Cody is worth a visit, it's basically a bunch of old wagons, and a number of period buildings. Some are famous (like a Hole In The Wall Gang hideout), some with bullet holes, which have been relocated there from the surrounding areas to be preserved. Plus the obligatory pile of antlers.

Antlers

Cody

Cody

After lunch, we head back through Yellowstone and into the Grand Tetons. Much of the park is closed due to bear activity, and it's a hazy day, neither of which are ideal for photography. Wildlife is still in abundance.

Deer

Deer

Grand Tetons

We end the day in Jackson Hole, and find a motel.

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