Yellowstone Trip Summary and Photos

We had a great time. Going early in the season turned out to be a good choice. We encountered tour buses and school groups only at Old Faithful and the only wildlife traffic jam was for the mother bear and the cubs on our last day in the park. At times, ours was the only car on the road. A few side roads were still closed as was the route through Dunraven Pass and Mt. Washburn, the highest drivable destinations. We were fortunate weather wise. Other than a thirty-minute shower on the 18th, we had dry conditions and temperatures mostly in the 60s. So we will continue our off-season travel schedule. It was so pleasant having so much of the space to ourselves with the option to slow down and pull over whenever we wanted. Photos….

We were surprised at the mostly dated or simplistic accommodations and dining options in West Yellowstone and Gardiner. I guess you don’t travel to Yellowstone for an upscale hotel experience. Before the next trip we’re going to get some really good binoculars to enhance wildlife viewing. I also learned to always, always have the camera at hand. I missed our only chance to get a photo of a wolf and a bison strolling through a supermarket parking lot because I left the camera in the car. And I’m very tempted to get a much more powerful telephoto lens as well.

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