My Day with Debbie and Warren feat. Cooke City, MT

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?

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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.


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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.

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