Yellowstone National Park
Before you dive into our Day 2 adventures, make sure you have caught up on Day 1. 😉
I love reading my husband, Tim’s, writing. It makes me laugh every time I read it. I don’t think it’s just because I was there and am remembering the adventures personally. While that definitely could be part of it, I just love his writing style.
On Day 2 we visit Devil’s Tower and Yellowstone.
We did not go up into the Devil’s Tower park area because we were really penny pinching. Traveling with a family of 6 on a limited budget means we might be able to just look from the outside instead of shelling out money at each attraction. Devil’s Tower was one of those type places that it was OK to just take a quick look and head back on the road. In fact, because of the additional drive out of our way to get there, that is one stop we don’t have to make again. But we saw it once and now we’re good.
Yellowstone, on the other hand, is a must visit for me. Tim is not a big fan of the melting pots and geysers but the kids and I love them. Just something we don’t get to see everyday. We were also very lucky this trip to get to see so much wildlife.
Here’s a snippet from Day 2:
We crossed the Wyoming border and decided to visit Devil’s Tower. The gift shop was a treasure trove of old west memorabilia. Being a fan of the old west, I tried to convince my traveling companions that we should abandon visiting my family in Washington in favor of heading to Tombstone, Arizona. Caleb was on board with the plan, but everyone else was appropriately disgusted with my lack of family loyalty. I tried to sway them by suggesting that we might get to see a recreation of the gunfight at O.K. Corral, but to no avail. To my credit, I only pouted for a dozen miles, or so.
We passed through Cody, Wyoming, on our way to Yellowstone National Park. Every time we are in Cody, I’m tempted to just stop driving and put down roots. If I ever get the opportunity to choose a retirement location, Cody is a strong contender.
Yellowstone was the highlight of the day and, so far, of the trip. We saw six bears, a beaver, a fox, various elk and deer, one condescending park ranger, numerous projectile-pooping buffalo, and a swarm of monster mosquitoes that attempted to abduct our children.
It was dark by the time we made the 81 mile trip through Yellowstone, so we decided to buck the odds and try to get a room right outside the park. Apparently, our previous night’s accommodations had earned us some karma credit because we were able to secure the last available room at Yellowstone Village Inn. The rooms are beautiful, spacious, and comfortable. I swear I heard a chorus of angels singing when I opened the door.
You can read the full post of Day 2 here.