I took a road trip to Yellowstone with my retiree friend
Carol from the post office. We had a lot of fun, and saw many unforgettable
sites along the way. Yellowstone was awesome. Here is a day by day
run-down of the happenings on our fun and educational car ride to
Yellowstone National Park.
We left my house in Michigan at 8:05am and drove 700 miles. On the car ride, we saw numerous windmills
throughout Illinois. We stopped for lunch at Culvers, and had
dinner at the Thirsty Belgian in Rochester, MN. Grilled Cheese. YUM!
Left Rochester and headed to Mitchell, South Dakota and the Badlands on a 12 hour car ride. Enjoyed seeing all the cornfields and windmills while driving Minnesota.
Had lunch at Sioux Falls. Visited the Corn Palace and Wall Drugs, and had dinner in Red Rock.
Spent the day visiting the Badlands. It was awesome! Had lunner (lunch/dinner) at Perkins. Drove to Mt.
Rushmore where we walked the night trail. We attended the evening program which was amazing!
Drove from Custer, South Dakota to Lead, South Dakota. We took the Sanford Lab tour which was very interesting. Had lunch in Deadwood, South
Dakota at Mustang Sally's. Not really that impressed. Carol and I then went to Devil's Tower and walked on the trail. We saw about 7 deer. Good Times!
We drove until we reached Gilette, Wyoming, where we had dinner at Applebee's and spent the night.
Continuing on our trip, we drove through the Bighorn National Forest. Kinda scary as we were in a dead zone with no phone and no OnStar.
stopped in Cody, Wyoming and had dinner at Bubba's Barbeque.
Visited Old Trail Town, which I call the Greenfield Village of the West. Kewl!!!
HOORAY!!! WE MADE IT TO YELLOWSTONE! We were staying at the Canyon
Lodge which was very nice. We had lunch and dinner at the lodge. They had an
ice cream and soda fountain, but no sundaes :-(
We woke up to the sounds of wildlife. We took our first tour and saw 12 whitetail deer. We also found out not only to look around for black bears, but
to also look up as they climb the trees in Yellowstone. We also learned that ravens are smarter than crows, the bison is the largest mammal originating
in North America. Saw a lot of them, along with coyotes and a red
tailed hawk. Learned the oldest rock is gneiss.
Bison Roaming Around
All Over The Place In Yellowstone
We Saw Geysers,
Took The "Circle of Fire" tour which included Yellowstone
Lake, Yellowstone Falls, and many geysers.
Headed back to
Michigan from our adventure, south to The Grand Tetons. The road
to the Tetons had been previously closed due to fire, but had be
recently reopened. We went to The Jackson Lake Lodge and saw some moose out by
the lake. We had a fabulous time!