I had been looking forward to this day for weeks beforehand and it did not disappoint. The only thing that put a literal damper on our day was the haziness from the wildfires that are happening across the western US, but that is not something I feel I can complain about.
They picked me up right after breakfast, and Debbie insisted I take shotgun since it would mean I could see way more. We started driving north toward Lamar Valley and before long we noticed a bunch of cars pulled over – which always indicates an animal of some sort. I’ve become so accustomed to this being a bison, I didn’t even think to look at the animal until I heard Debbie say “Is that a wolf or a coyote?” Um, what? Was I really going to see a wolf first thing on this day? The answer is YES. Though pretty far away, and only a white dot in a photo, it was a lone wolf within eyesight distance from the main road. Can you believe?
We continued on to drive through Lamar Valley, where we saw enormous herds of bison, and to Cooke City. Cooke City is a very small town – population of 140 – that is right at thenortheast entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Debbie and Warren like to go to a restaurant there when they leave the park, but unfortunately that restaurant was closed so we went across the street. We went to a couple cute gift shops in the town, including a national historic landmark general store.
The last thing we did before heading back to camp was go over to the Lake Hotel, which is super nice. I was so dirty and sweaty and hadn’t showered and felt like I totally didn’t belong in the lobby, but it was super nice to use their bathrooms.