Vacation, Day 8

Today was our first FULL day in Yellowstone and we didn’t even know where to start. Which resulted in a LOT of driving. Perhaps we should’ve planned things out a touch more but I was trying to be spontaneous. I should know, we don’t do spontaneous well!

The thing we knew we wanted to do most of all was to get up as early as we could to go try to catch some animals in their morning routines. I’ve heard it’s one of the better times to catch wildlife. We went in through the Northeast Gate of Yellowstone into the Lamar Valley. We also took one of the back roads called the Blacktail Plateau Drive. Unfortunately, that whole “get up early” thing, it doesn’t seem to be the case for us. Maybe we just weren’t early enough. who knows. We were early though.


As in, the sun was rising.



We saw heards of buffalo and deer


Baby Boofs


A petrified tree, which was more like a petrified stump, but I guess it’s important for something.


And this squirrel who hung out with us while we were stopped on the Blacktail Plateau trying to find some bears.



Nothing we hadn’t seen before, really (yes, we apparently became jaded that easily! How does that happen?). We decided that since the animal viewing wasn’t going so well we’d take in some more of the sights. We went to some of the geological features Yellowstone is known for (the Mud Volcano and Sulfur Cauldron).

We didn’t realize we’d do some animal viewing while checking out the volcanic sites, too. Apparently not only are tourists fans, but so are the boofs. Zack and I just decided that buffalo are very full of themselves and like to pose for photo ops at all the picturesque locations.

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We then tried to scope out a few of the smaller lakes, and the Lewis Falls area to look for areas to kayak. Lewis Falls was beautiful but definitely not a great area to put in if you don’t feel like having an all day paddle.


Our attempt to do some kayaking was foiled by some cooler issues, some “where should we kayak” issues and some “I’m hungry and I want to get out of the car” issues. So, we packed up and headed back to our campsite. We didn’t realize the night before that there’s a little beach there so we checked that out and Zack, as he is want to do, decided to look for some rocks along the banks. As I was stolling up the beach I could hear the excitement in Zacks voice that he’d found something. I turned around and he was holding up a geod that had broken open. It completely changed our “nothing is going right with this day” mood, so it was a welcome part of the evening!


We also did something we’ve never done while camping. We made spaghetti! Usually we just bring dried foods or buy some hot dogs. We have done steaks on the grill camping too so I don’t know why I thought spaghetti would be even remotely difficult. We had all the equipment we needed (car camping is a beautiful thing), so I figured why not give it a shot. It turned out perfectly! It was a super easy one pot meal and it had probably 10’s of percent less sodium than the dried food, so we both liked that.

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Tomorrow we’re going to attempt to kayak and maybe fish. We’ll see what the day has in store but I know it’s going to be another beautiful day!

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  1. carmen

    Cool! What’s a geod. and…is seeing a Buffalo truly old hat for you and Zack? : )

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