We left Mt. Rushmore en route to Yellowstone National Park. We are all very excited to get there. We needed to make a couple of stops along the way. The first is Devil’s Tower. Wish you were here to see this!! In the middle of nowhere the rock, fore volcanic, formation juts out of the earth. We saw people climbing the enormous structure. After a small lunch we took the opportunity to walk short way around the tower.
|The boys at Devil's Tower|
Our next stop was supposed to be a campground in Big Horn National Forest. This trip was especially difficult for Pokey (the Tahoe). So many steep inclines I though that he was going to poop the bed! Well, we somehow drove past the campground and good thing we did. For one, there was a huge storm that evening in Big Horn, and two, although we drove for approx. 10 hours that day, we found a lovely town called Cody. After boondocking in the Wal-Mart parking lot for the night, the next morning we lucked into one of the most awesome campsites that we have ever stayed at in Buffalo Bill State Forest. It had everything we could ask for in a dry camping experience, mountains all around us and a huge lake/reservoir for our front yard. Unfortunately we were only able to spend one day /night there as Yellowstone was our target.
|The view from our campsite for the night|
Yellowstone took just over an hour to get to, but our campsite took another two hours of driving. Yellowstone National Park is the size of Connecticut. Just the Park!!! While driving through the park to Madison Campground, We experienced all four seasons. We went from summer to winter in just a few short miles. At one point we were driving though sleet and caught in a bison jam. In another few miles we were back in summer and finally arrived at our destination. At that point we were in much need of rest, but what do we see once we got to our campsite? Elk. Basically in our back yard were several elk grazing just on the other side of the river.