We saw a bear!!!

Trip Start May 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Country Inn, Livingston

Flag of United States  , Montana
Saturday, June 6, 2009

After a rousing thunder and lightening storm (just like you see on the TV) the night before, whilst we were safe and warm in our log cabin, we set off for Yellowstone National Park at 8.00 am.  Cost $25 per car load to go through the park but they give you heaps of info and maps, etc.

We saw buffalo, deer, Elk, and a bear, just to round off the day nicely.  We went from about 3000 feet right up to 8,800 feet in our wanders through the park - going from cooler temperatures, to very cold temps and sleety rain.  The day itself was not the best.  Very low cloud and overcast and cool would be the best description.  However, the scenery was great - varied from pine tree covered hills to meadows, lakes, mountain streams/rivers, to very thickly snow covered ground (2-3 feet deep in places although it wasn't fresh).  Was a great place to visit, and we got to see all the animals we wanted to - the bear was on our way out, and we just fell over it when we found a whole pile of people on the side of the road and wondered what they were looking at.  We also had two bison cross the road within a few feet of the car as well.

Caught Old Faithful at lunch time.  Heaps and heaps of people turn up for it.  Had lunch there and then went out and sat around with everyone until it went off.  They can judge to within 10 minutes of when it will blow.  Looks just like it does on the post cards, and Malc got some good pics too. 

Another key highlight was the Yellowstone Grand Canyon with its amazing water fall (actually being the Yellowstone River).  Was a fabulous site, and made your stomach churn when you looked over the ledge.  A nice fellow tourist, who had recently visited NZ, offered to take our pic - so that was a bonus too.

Coming out of Yellowstone at about 5 pm today the weather deteriorated further, and we eventually arrived in Livingston in thick snow, which did not look like abating.  If it had, we wouldn't have booked into the first (and may we both say, crappiest) motel we have come across to date.  Cheap and with the internet, but that is about all you can say for it.  Not sure if we will be warm enuff tonight, but will just have to cuddle up. 

The owner said "snowing in June - who ever heard of it", so the weather is a surprise to them too.  We won't be here long - they haven't any breakfast organised, so we will be out of here as soon as we can in the morning, and heading towards Calgary, and try and spend a couple of days there.  Just got to check up on the roads/route/etc.

So, another wonderful day here in the good ol US of A.
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