Buffalo, Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Today is really the start of our trip. For the first four days all we have done is drive miles and miles to get out of civilization as we know it - suburbia. To tell you the truth, it felt good to drive today. Nothing but two lane roads. After driving almost 2,000 miles on Interstate, the two lane just feels like a breath of fresh air. We started off with a bang first thing in the morning as our drive took us up and over the Bighorn mountains. We topped out at almost 10,000 feet. The truck did a great job pulling the Montana over 8% grades. The top of the pass was full of ice and snow - not the road as it was in excellent shape. We parked the RV at the pull-out and "played" around. The dogs loved it. However it was a little steep and the ice was slippery. Back in the truck we just coasted down the mountain for the next 20 miles. We took some more side roads to cut down on mileage and everything worked out - no crazy roads the RV could not get through. The drive through 2 lane Wyoming was perfect - a vast sea of nothing but ranches and sky. Towns that show up on a Wyoming map sometimes have a population of under 100. Cody was the last major town before Yellowstone. We went there 5 years ago and it is worth the stop for a few days. But our mission was Yellowstone so we pushed on. The higher in elevation we got the more snow. At the gate we paid our $25 entrance fee and went on to the campground. $25 might sound steep to get in a park but if you stay here several days you get your money's worth. The 25 mile drive from the entrance to the RV park was spectacular as there was snow everywhere. The last time we were here was summer. So seeing Yellowstone in the snow was quite a treat. The main attraction was seeing Yellowstone Lake FROZEN. The Fishing Bridge RV park was much better than anticipated. Many review had said it was crowded with no room on either side. Compared to the KOA I stayed at the last time in Yellowstone, this place it not so bad. And since there is no pool there were not as many kids and it was peaceful and quiet. Once we got set up we read some of the info about the ranger led hikes - this is a must anytime your in a National Park. One hike that we could do was one nearby at Mud Volcano. Before going we checked out the visitor center at Fishing Bridge to get some more info. On the drive to the Mud Volcano I noticed the truck was overheating a bit - not good. But we did make it for the hike. Before it started, a Bison made it's way in the parking lot. The ranger had to yell at the idiots that tried to get close to take pictures. From a stand-still, the Bison leaped over a fence to get to some yummy grass. So we started our 2 hour tour around a "hot-spot" of geothermal activity from geysers to caldron's to fumarole's. Our park ranger was excellent with all the inside info on the area. About 3/4th around the trail we had to wait on another Bison to get out of the way - again the ranger had to scream at the stupid people getting to close. After the trail we went back home for the night. The truck is leaking a rusty fluid which is not good - we'll have to take it to the shop next door tomorrow. The low for the night is a cool 28 - time to crank out the heater for my summer break!!!!
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