We entered at the east gate again, but this time we turned north at Fishing Bridge. On the way a mule deer was beside the road as we passed by then ran right in front of Joe and Ida who were behind us! It was a close call, but ended ok. Soon after that we saw a buffalo grazing beside the road.
|Joe and Ida hiking.|
|Hiking to the mud volcano.|
We stopped for lunch at the cafeteria at Canyon Village and Steve and I had the worst meal ever! It was supposed to be mahi, but Steve thought it was tuna and I thought it was cardboard! Yuk. After lunch we went to see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone which features two beautiful waterfalls and an awesome canyon. Steve, Joe, and I decided to make the 3/8 mile hike down a 600 foot drop into the canyon. It was a very strenuous hike for us suburban folks, especially coming back up, but it was well worth it. We could see the Upper Falls from the top of the trail, but at the bottom we were at the brink of the Lower Falls where the mist was creating a beautiful rainbow. It was a great experience.
|Going down the trail.|
|The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.|
|Steve walks faster than I do.|
|The top of the Lower Falls.|
|Mist rainbow at Lower Falls.|
After leaving the Canyon, we spotted a black bear and stopped for a picture. Soon afterwards, we ran into a traffic jam caused by a buffalo just ambling down the highway. Cars in both directions had trouble getting around him, but he was totally unconcerned. We got some good pictures when it was finally our turn to pass by him. Soon afterward we saw a very vibrant rainbow over the Hayden Valley.
|Yellowstone traffic jam.|
|Rainbow over the Hayden Valley.|
At Mammoth Hot Springs, we toured Pallette Spring, then grabbed a snack at the General Store to tide us over on the long ride home. As we crossed the LaMar Valley, we stopped several times for animal sightings. A herd of buffalo with calves was resting next to the road, and twice we stopped to view pronghorns.
|Mammoth Hot Springs.|
|Mommas and babies.|
We left Yellowstone by the northeast entrance this time and took the very scenic Beartooth and Chief Joseph highways back to Cody. The Chief Joseph was spectacular, and there were free range cows on the road in several places. We wonder how they ever find all of them. We arrived at the campsite after dark, very tired, but happy that we had such a good day.
|Free range cows on the Chief Joseph Highway.|
|View from Chief Joseph Highway at sunset. |