The Stories We Could Tell

Yellowstone Round II

When most folks think of Yellowstone, they think of Old Faithful and the many other geysers and springs in the park… but there is so much more to Yellowstone. The park is comprised of over 2,220,000 acres and it houses North America’s largest mountain lake. Did you know there is even a Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone?

We decided these other parts of the park deserved our attention! After visiting the park from Jackson, we headed Northeast to Cody, WY to explore from the East entrance of the park. We spent a great day driving along the top of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and stopping at the many beautiful overlooks. The Canyon is well worth the trip. It is magnificent complete with two breath-taking water falls. It is the first place in the park where you could distinctly see just how yellow the rock really is.

Getting to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was an adventure in itself! The land is full of bison. Hundreds of bison feed on the grasses along the main road. They have become accustomed to crossing the street at will, which often means waiting in traffic while bison families take their time making their way to the other side. They stopped in front of our truck multiple times and even walked right by the passenger window for a closeup! They seem like docile animals, but the horns are no joke. Two big guys actually got into a bit of a scuffle that ended up causing a 15-bison stampede…. right in the direction of a large group of tourists out for a hike. We didn’t know whether to look away or to turn on the video camera for what we thought was surely going to be a nasty goring. But the tourists were smart… they huddled into a tight group around a tree and the bison whizzed right past them. Lucky bunch! Whew!

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August 3, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

7 Comments »

  1. First of all, I am SO SO impressed that you went whitewater rafting, B. You looked like a pro! Second, holy Bison! How did those tourists know to huddle around a tree? You two are making me feel more and more like a city slicker every day.

    Love you both (actually, all three)!

    Krista

    Comment by Krista | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. Loving it all – brings back wonderful memories. Hope you also plan to go to Teddy Roosevelt Park in SD – you’ll see lots of bison there too.

    Comment by Jamey | August 3, 2010 | Reply

    • I don’t think we are going to make it to SD… : (

      Comment by clarkski | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. Bria and James…

    The roads do go further east…you won’t fall off of this great blue sphere! Look like the wonderful adventures of Lewis and Clark…how fitting! Pics are stunning…way to go! Looks as though this “on the road” gig is wearing well! Also looks like sister Liz is still afloat!

    Best to all…and safe travels as you take the “truckster” eastbound in the monfert lane…is that a big 10-4!

    Lance

    Comment by Lance | August 4, 2010 | Reply

  4. Bria and James: Did your trailer just post a message to you? That’s just weird.

    Comment by Krista | August 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Krista, you are hilarious. We are laughing really hard. We have a very close relationship with our trailer, and yes, we do correspond.

      Comment by clarkski | August 4, 2010 | Reply

  5. Did your trailer also tell you to watch out for the escaped convicts suspected to be hiding in Yellowstone? Yikes!

    Comment by Heather | August 9, 2010 | Reply


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