Day 24 Yellowstone to Greybull

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 23, 2008

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Well it was a cold night, but who would be surprised at 8000ft.  We went to bed all cosy and woke to several degrees of frost.  In fact we woke in the middle of the night, freezing, so much so that the RV heater turned on of its own accord.   It has been odd weather, so hot during the day that we have needed aircon in the RV to travel with and so chilly in the morning that we need the heater in the cab to stave off the cold.
We set off into Yellowstone nice and early, but the crowds had already begun and we were surprised, when only a mile or so into the park, we hit a traffic jam!   Eventually we crawled to the scene of the hold up - three Elk grazing by the roadside!  What a to-do for three animals that appear all over the place, some how, perhaps because we were in Yellowstone, they had an inordinate effect.   Soon we were treated to a new experience, our first encounter with Bison, only a few at first then great herds later - they are huge beasts.   Monty got a whiff off them and was immediately on the alert - given half a chance he would have leapt out of the window and given chase.  Next stop was Old Faithful - and what a spectacle that geyser was.   It was set in a great amphitheatre and true to its name it went off pretty well exactly on time. The warden explained how they could predict the eruption, give or take 5 minutes and it was uncanny to be able to pop of for a coffee and get back in time for the event.  We spent most of the day taking in the sights of the Park and eventually set off eastward at 1500.  Immediately on leaving Yellowstone we entered Shoshone National Park and were astounded by its rugged beauty, so much so that we thought it odd that it was not a part of Yellowstone.   We followed the canyon marvelling at some outstanding erosion, huge rock pillars and great views.  As we got deeper into Wyoming we were surprised by the number of wilderness horse trails were available - they must be extremely popular.   Soon we entered cowboy country and [assed through Cody, named after Buffalo Bill himself.   By pure chance we stopped at The Old Trail Town (look it up on the web), a collection of old buildings from the late 1800s set such that they look like a town from way back then.  They were complete with all sorts of memorabilia, including photos of the Hole in the Wall Gang (Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid and Kid Curry)  and we could have spent hours there, but the day was running out and we still had an hour to the campsite.
We arrived at a great campsite and after a good super we took Monty for a stroll and ended up on the sidelines of a High School American Football match that the entire town seemed to have attended - sadly the home team lost!
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