Day eight is in the past and what a wonderful day it was. Follow my Facebook page if you want to see all the photos. We are spending a couple of days with my nephew Justin and his wife, Jenny. They live in Bozeman now and love it. They are expecting the first Gerber baby boy in our family and we are excited for them. Justin grew up playing ball against/with Kyle Korver and so we thought it was fitting to give them a small gift for the little one, coming sometime in early September. God's blessings toward this little one.
So we packed our lunches and got into the van with Justin at the wheel. Our destination was Yellowstone National Park and we arrived after a scenic
1 1/2 hour drive to the Western entrance.
There were rivers to cross back and forth over, like the Madison and the Yellowstone Rivers. The scenery out the window went from stony faced cliffs to pasturelands to river beds to waterfalls. We saw it all. Some places had snow on the ground and certainly snow in the peaks. We got up into elevation as well and some winding roads that made my hands sweat.
We watched diligently for animals along the way. I spotted the first eagle and buzzard up in a tree. As it works, if you pull up and point and start shooting pics, pretty soon there are carloads of people getting out, asking what you see. We started looking for cars stopped along the way as well.
As we went along, our hope was to catch a glimpse of a far off bear and some elk. Well we hit the mother lode and saw an eagle, a buzzard, three bears, pronghorn, a lot of bison and yes...some elk. Mother and babies. Wow! Justin said he would call the ranger and ask for an abundance of wildlife and he did not disappoint!
We were amazed at how different the waterfalls were. We saw three different ones and I could sit there and listen all day! We got pictures and videos and loved seeing the power of these falls. The one in the canyon was especially beautiful.
We did get time in for a hike. As usual the altitude, the incline and the general out of shapeness (is that a word?) made the trek challenging yet fun. We saw bison up close and also the Clear lake at the end of the hike made it beautiful.
The canyon was so pretty as were the hot springs in Mammoth.
On the way out I saw this interesting shape appear and wondered what it was like when the first settlers came across and saw these things for the first time. The arch on the way out capped the day.
There was however one disappointment...when we went over the Madison River we thought we spotted an owl up on a pole...My Canon powershot revealed the truth: it was a decoy! As disappointing as finding out the Bozeman bridge in Shooter is fabricated...not real!
As we drove back into Bozeman, we ate at the Roost and all ordered various chicken dinners. We sat around and told stories until closing and then headed home for a late sunset out the front door! What a day...slept like a rock!
Today's agenda: Back to Yellowstone and Old Faithful! Then heading to Idaho....Later!