Saturday, June 27, 2009
June 26 and 27: Zero mile days
We have been thoroughly enjoying the Yellow Stone National Park, its beauty and wildlife. It was raining and cold pretty much all day on the 26th. So, we did a safari in a car, while site seeing. Anytime, there is wildlife, people pretty much pull over and watch it. This works great for us as we got to see Grizzly bear, black bears (all from a safe distance, my new binoculars really came in handy), lots of Bison, Elks, and Deer. We now know how to differentiate between the Grizzly bears and the black bears. They look surprisingly alike, except for the hump on Grizzly's backs. We were disappointed that we did not get to see any moose in this park. Also, George tells me that there were three moose on the side of the rode, the day we went over the pass, which he saw but I did not. He was meeting me at the top of the pass and was coming from not too far behind me. But of course, it was on one of the major uphills, which I was trying to get up by looking down and working hard. While he was probably relaxing it up the hill (while going faster than me) and looking around. Oh well... We stayed in the Mammoth Spring Hotel (in a cabin with hot tub, really living it up for this part of the trip). It was a really nice area, and the little historical tour of the Yellow Stone Fort was like icing on the cake. We learned the history of how National Parks started. Very cool... Yellow Stone Park is going to be very difficult (if not impossible) to beat. George is ready to get back on the bike after a few hikes over last couple of days.
Overall Wyoming (minus the park): people are really friendly (We saw the most cow boy hats and boots here so far), roads had pretty nice shoulder, landscape is pretty bare (with some cool canyons). George is really missing trees and hopes that Montana has some change of scenery.