Yellowstone By Day & Greybull By Night: Eclipse Trip Day 8
Woke up the next morning and realized that we were in Montana as evident by the huge map and travel guides that I saw at the rest stop. We didn’t sleep too well and decided to get an early start continuing on our way back to Yellowstone. The weather was rainy and hazy on our way from Montana to Wyoming. We were apparently driving through an area near some wildfires too. Twas smokey.
Things were pretty normal scenery wise, more trees, mountains, and streams, until we got to Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is an quaint town not too far from Yellowstone. We decided to stop here, get some food, and explore. For lunch we ate at 5 on Black. It’s like a chipotle but for brazilian food, and man is it delicious. Fejodah! (spl?) :D. Then we walked around a bit. We found this cool record and souvenir store called Cactus Records I believe. I got some sage bundle incense (which I plan to use to purify my apartment eventually).
After this we continued on our journey to Yellowstone and this time entered at the north entrance near The Roosevelt Arch. We drove first to Mammoth Hot Springs to see the Minerva Terraces, and then to the canyon area. Saw some lovely rivers and waterfalls, bison, and the Dragon’s Mouth. It was rainy so we skipped the Tower Falls hike. We stopped by the Lake on our way out and stood on the shores to savor the moment.
We left the park near sun down I think. It was kinda hard to tell since it was still cloudy out from the rain storms. The drive out of the park was really beautiful. As the sun was going down it cast these brilliant soft colors across the sky. And you could even see a crescent moon above.
We drove through Cody, and decided to stop for the night in Greybull, Wyoming. The first hotel we went to wasn’t the one I thought it was, even though it looked nice and quaint (toru was excited about it for some reason) we kept on to the original destination. We decided to stay at the Historic Greybull Hotel, and it really was historic. Inside the lobby it was more like a cafe but it had that homey feel, like someone’s living room. It was very welcoming. The pricing was $65 a night for 2 beds. The manager was a really cool dude and we chatted a bit about the eclipse as he checked us in and showed us to our room(s), which was up a flight of stairs accessed from outside. There were random bits of decorative trinkets and such in the hallways.
The part of the hotel we were in was kept kinda rustic as it was back in the early days of the hotel. The rooms were seriously adorable. I say rooms because technically it was 2 rooms in one. One larger room with a bathroom and a larger tv, and another that had a sink and vanity, as well as a smaller tv. I loved it. After bringing in our stuff we had a few hours to relax before going to bed for a change. We decided to try the brownies that Toru got in Seattle and we ended up watching one of those Alaskan people reality shows that run on Animal Planet. The brownie atleast made the show enjoyable. XD. Toru fell asleep after a while, so I turned off the tv and made my way to my room for the night.
Next Week . . .
The Devil’s Tower National Monument & Rapid City, SD.