I didn’t know Yellowstone ever had nice weather, but we’ve had two days of it here. Since we couldn’t check into our cabin until a bit later in the day, we packed up camp in the morning at Bridge Bay, and then headed out to explore the slightly shorter north loop of the park.
First stop, the town of Mammoth Hot Springs
These elk were grazing in the middle of town. They weren’t fenced. Apparently that’s where the best grass is (or maybe someone puts feed down).
On the northern side of the loop, there is a 6 mile cut-off from the main road that takes you over a plateau. Its unpaved, so there weren’t many people on it. Time for more adventuring. Both Kevin and I really liked this part.
Lunch time came as we neared the Roosevelt Lodge, so we stopped to share the most delicious bison burger I’ve ever had. This detail is entirely worth including in the blog, because it was that tasty. I didn’t take any pictures, because I was too busy stuffing my face. I really hope I can order a bison burger somewhere else on this trip.
After we checked into the cabin (apparently getting a reservation for a cabin was a small miracle), we headed out to hike along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. I know the park is famous for the geysers and steam vents, but I think this area is my favorite. The canyon and 300 foot lower falls are just stunning.
We closed the day with dinner at the grill, and more ice cream.
8/3/2012 – 93 miles touring the north loop of Yellowstone National Park, and probably about 6 miles of hiking the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.