Bighorns & Yellowstones: Eclipse Trip Day 3
I couldn’t really sleep, probably because of the time difference. It was an hour behind what I’m use to, so I went for a shower in what I think was the public bathrooms which had only two water temps, cold and scalding. I later found out that there were actually private bathrooms which according to Toru were much nicer. We paid for our campsite, around $30 for the night and hit the road early. The drive out of Buffalo was purely gorgeous, since apparently the Bighorn National Forest is like right there, which we drove through. I drove the mountain roads with at least 6% steep down hills. Fun stuff. Stopped for plenty of picture along the way. We were pretty high up in the mountains too.
My sinuses started bothering me so I took some allergy meds, lucky I decided to bring those, however they didn’t help much so I filled my 32oz thermos about ¾ of the way and dropped 2 emergenC tablets in and chug the thing for the day. Drove through the rest of Wyoming, past some touristy mountain towns, and into Yellowstone. That place is HUGE! I seriously underestimated it. Toru took over driving since my sinuses were out of control. Really don't know why I didn't let him drive in the first place. Oh well, I'm stubborn like that I guess.
We came in the southeast entrance of Yellowstone and had lunch at the lodge in the fishing village. I had the bison burger with a small salad and apple cider. It was ok, I think my taste buds were a bit off because of my nose. Toru had a portabello burger that I was thinking about getting. I tasted some and really wish I had gotten that instead because it was so good. For some reason the fact that I had eaten the burger made from bison and elk meat got me really paranoid that I was going to be more appetizing to bears for some reason. Then again I'm a tiny person so a bear wouldn't want to eat me. Hopefully.
For our first stop in the park we decided to drive to Old faithful. Unfortunatley it went off as we were parking the car. It took forever to find a space. We hiked around there abit and I got some nice pictures which I sent to my mom and cousin since he was visiting back home. Then we drove to the Midway Geyser Basin and walked around abit there.
The sun was starting to set so we were thinking we could camp in the park. Nope! All the camp grounds were full for the eclipse viewing party. So toru and I discussed it and decided to come back to Yellowstone in a few days on the drive bound for home.
It was already dark when we drove west from the park into the night. Stopped in Ashton, Idaho, I think it was Idaho anyway, and stayed at Jolley Camper Campground for $15 a night. It was past 12am when we got there. The guy was really sweet about it though. We set up the tent as quietly as we could, deciding not to use the air matresses, so as to not disturbed the other guests. We would of course regret this decision in the morning.
Yellowstone was one of the main destinations for this trip, and I was super excited to finally be there. The park is really the best example of why it's of the utmost importance to preserve the natural wonders of the world. The badlands were incredible to see, but Yellowstone is in a completely different category. It's massive, mostly untouched wilderness. The place is really something to witness in person, surrounded by forests, and mountains, where the very earth is alive, practically vibrating with geo-thermal activity. It's an experience not to be missed.
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