Don’t miss Day Six below…. I am publishing both day Six and Seven today. At the end of Day Six (previously stated to be our “day of the buffalo”) we finally got back to the RV park about 7:30pm. I was too tired to eat (mark that down as a first!) and so John was on his own for dinner – sort of. He decided to barbecue for dinner and guess what he cooked? Uh huh. Buffalo sirloin that we’d picked up the day before from the local market. I will fully admit that even if I’d been hungry, I would have been hesitant to try the barbecued buffalo. I am simply not very adventurous when it comes to meat!! After consuming the buffalo steak, potatoes and peas he said it was “okay”. I guess that means we won’t be rushing out to the local market to stock up our freezer with buffalo to take home. Yay.
This morning we did not rush to get out and get going. After skipping dinner the night before, I was hungry for a “decent brekkie” this morning so made us sausage, hashbrowns, and toast. A perfect start for the day. Our plan was to do the upper half of the figure eight (the park’s main roads are shaped like a figure “8”) and we knew the upper half was shorter than the lower half. Hence the slightly later start. We had a leisurely drive this morning, still on the lookout for WILDLIFE, not really expecting to see any because they (all the park people) tell you that your best chances of seeing anything (EXCEPT buffalo!!) is to go either very early in the am or late in the evening, towards dusk. Not far into the park this morning we came across – A couple of female big horn sheep! A pleasant surprise! We drove a few miles further and I noticed something sort of orange in the distance. As we got closer we discovered we’d come across…
Some Pronghorn deer! We were so excited! We thought it couldn’t get any better…. until!! The coup de gras!
You guessed it! A black bear, wandering around in the woods 🙂 Our day was officially made! Remember to double click on any of the photos to enlarge them.
We continued our drive to Tower Falls, Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, and stopped for lunch off the beaten path alongside a quiet little creek. Getting close to the end of the day, we drove past Sheepeater Cliffs and near there was the Yellowstone River again. We walked down to river’s edge and on a whim did a quick self portrait. I love how it turned out. Just a couple of happy modern-day Yellowstone explorers.