Trip Start Feb 07, 2010
10Trip End Feb 25, 2010
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It all starts about 3:45am three mornings ago, when we were forced out of our bed at the Super 8 LAX hotel and into a shuttle bus. We got through the airport quite quickly (no wonder it was bloody early!) and waited until Maccas opened for breakfast. Eventually we got on a plane to Salt Lake City, where my window seat got stolen by a strange Mexican man. His English was poor, and we were all a bit sleepy (6am by now) so I just sat in the aisle and napped. We switched planes in Salt lake to go to Bozeman, it was a really short connection but we made it in easy time! All that stress for nothing... Of course, the plane was late to take off because one poor woman somehow got on the wrong plane and only realised it during the air hostess safety talk when she said we'd probably land in Bozeman, but there was a an off-chance weather would force us down in Billings..
We hired us a sweet red Toyota Corolla and hit the road to West Yellowstone (90 miles). It was fun trying to figure out which way to turn and what side of the road to drive on (not) and how to operate the vehicle! The stress was a bit much for us to explore Bozeman at all, although I would have liked to find where Vulcans met human people haha.
We luncheoned at Big Sky, at a brewhouse called lone peak or something. Got me a bison bratwurst which was tasty as (but resulted in unfortunate bowel movements that afternoon) and a few local beers, a very enjoyable lunch.
We then drove straight to West Yellowstone through some beautiful mountains along the Gallatin River and into town to our 'Moose cabin’. We met Cynthia and said hi, got comfortable, washed some clothes, and had good ol’ American dinner at Bullwinkles.
We got up bright and early yesterday morning to head on down to Yellowstone Vacations and onto a ‘Snow Yacht’, or really a bus with tracks so it can go over snow
This morning, we got up early yet again (when will I be able to sleep in?? Boohoo) and went back to the Yellowstone Vacation place to rent a couple of snowmobiles. These devices are somewhat like jetskis... on crack. Icy snowy crack. Fortunately they also rented out clothes for these vehicles, because as if 1°C isn’t cold enough, imaging it being whipped around you over 30 km/h. Brrr!
After a brief orientation, I pulled out on the wrong side of the road (too many things to concentrate on at once) straight up
We were almost back in town by 1:30pm, and thought well this is silly we have them rented until 5pm, why not just ride around the flats some more? I got more and more confident, until I was speeding through the trees off the groomed tracks close to the speed limited of 45 mph (72 kph)! This is around about when I discovered that sometimes it is slippery and the bugger won’t turn. I got up close and personal with a pine tree, then became quite stuck in about a metre deep of snow
Getting after 2pm, and so tired it wasn’t fun anymore, we returned the rentals heaps early and visited the Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Centre. Here we got to check out some grizzly bears who weren’t hibernating, and some gooooorgeous grey wolves! We only got about an hour and a half here, but that was more than enough to read about grizzlies and black bears a lot, learn some interesting facts, and get some awesome photos. I spent a lot of money at the gift shop (hey, it’s for a good cause) and then we simply had to collapse at the cabin for a while. Sometime later, after some recovery, we found some headache tablets in the supermarket and then went to Three Bears for another all American dinner, where Matt had New York cut steak and I had Bison Swiss Steak. Delicious.
Now we are kicking back with some beers, trying not to use any of our core muscles or those which were gripping/controlling the snowmobiles, listening to 70’s music from satellite TV
Anyway, I’m a bit sad we’ll be leaving this cabin tomorrow, but I’m also eager to see more beautiful countryside from the comfort of a nice red car. So, until next time, have a great day!