|Lovely Lewis River in Yellowstone National Park|
Yellowstone National Park is MASSIVE (spanning three states – Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho) and I knew it was going to be a challenge to even get a taste of this National Park in the short amount of time I had budgeted for it during our Western US road trip (a short half day).
I knew we would see Old Faithful (because, really . . . how can you go to Yellowstone and NOT see Old Faithful) and thought we might do a short hike or two (which we sort of did), but what I wasn’t prepared for was the crowds.
Okay, I know that we were going in the height of the summer season and that we were also heading into the park during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (more about that in a later post . . . ), but the amount of people EVERYWHERE, the full parking lots, and the lines of cars slowly inching along single lane roads (excuse me, slow person, look in your rear view mirror occasionally . . . they make pullouts for a reason . . . ) made me want to scurry out as quickly as possible.
And that’s a shame because Yellowstone, as the first National Park (established in 1872), was worth more of our time.
We still saw some amazing scenery . . .
|Lewis Falls in Yellowstone National Park|
. . . and crossed the Continental Divide . . .
|The guys at our first crossing of the Continental Divide|
. . . and even saw some bison far, far away . . . (what you don’t see are the nearly 30 cars lined up along the road trying to take a picture of this guy!)
|A male bison in Yellowstone|