Yellowstone is a huge Park. We had reservations on Hebgen Lake, about 10 miles north of the west entrance to the Park. We have stayed there before, at Madison Arm Resort. It has great trout fishing and the camp is well run. It is 85 miles from where we were in Teton park, just outside the south entrance of Yellowstone. Even with the RV, on curving roads, we figured it would take us no more than two hours to drive through the Park and get to our new camp. Ha. We forgot that in Yellowstone animals rule and the bison were migrating. We got stuck in a herd of about one hundred of them meandering down the middle of the road on their way from Madison Valley to their summer home in the Park. Lots of photo ops and I didn’t have to (or want to) leave the RV. The babies were the cutest. Too bad they grow up to be such big, ugly, stinky, snorting brutes.
We spent five days on the lake, enjoying the scenery and the fishing. Cold nights and warm days made for perfect weather. We made some forays into the Yellowstone. We had to see Old Faithful, one more time. The joke at Yellowstone is that due to budget cuts the National Park Service will be cutting back on Old Faithful’s eruptions. This geyser goes off every 90 minutes (give or take 10 minutes) 24/7, 365 days, rain or shine. Even the fools in Washington can’t screw it up and deny the tourists their photo op. We never got up to the Valley to see the water falls and the canyon, but we did see more buffalo, this time being herded to the meadows by some locals. The bison had been in our campground the week before. The owner said sheriff deputies do the herding to keep them off private properties and the local roads.
We didn’t see as much of the park as we did the last time we were here. Hubby kept saying “if you’ve seen one geyser basin (hot spring, waterfall, mud pot… fill in the blank) you’ve seen them all. Truthfully, it was so nice on the lake, and the fishing was so good, it was tough to get motivated to bump the five mile’s down the logging road we were on to get back to Yellowstone. All those natural wonders will still be here the next time we come through. Next we head north, across the Canadian border, for a week or two of fishing in some mountain lakes before we head up to the Canadian rockies.