Thursday, June 12, 2008

Blizzard and Heat Stroke

We left West Yellowstone yesterday in the worst snowstorm. It was so bad that we could barely see across the street. But our camp host told us just get on the road and it will be better,true. Erwin shoveled snow off our slide outs and broke up ice hunks just so we could slide them in.
I cannot believe how much snow we have had and seen since May...first in Flagstaff then in Zion and Bryce Canyon and now YNP. Most of the roads through the park were closed yesterday due to the snow fall so we wound up going twice the distance just to get to our destination, Cody WY.
Today it is warm and sunny.We are only about 50 miles from the East entrance to the park, so I plan to go again. We could not get to this side from West Yellowstone due to the snow. Actually the snow was fabulous but it sure limited my fun.It just isn't fun to be wet and cold and fight the wind. How do you Chicagoans do it, or why?
Cody is a cute town but we have seen very little of it so far. Our camper needed to be put to right again after all the snow and rain and the trip. We were seldom home in West Yellowstone but we had wet clothing all over the place drying.
What a mess. But we are back together,clothes dried, groceries have been bought and stowed and we will site-see tomorrow, maybe later today.
Diesel fuel is about $.30 cheaper here than in MT. (Did you know that there is not a "cents" symbol on the keyboard?,hrmph)So we may do a little more. We will be here a week then make our way to Gillette WY for a rally.

Monday, June 9, 2008

So, How has your June been so far?

Can you believe snow in June. We have had snow since June 6th and looks as if more is on the way.

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There is a lot of Yellowstone Park that we cannot even get into due to icy roads( In June?) and an avalanche( In June?)
The first day we were here I kept telling Erwin I would love to come back when there was snow on the ground and I wanted to see bears.
The snow I got right away, the bears took a bit longer.


I am still amazed at the stupid people that you see in public. Yesterday we were stopped for a herd of bison to cross the street in front of us and this jerk coming from the other direction whipped around the stopped car in front of him, nudged his way into the herd, did not even stop, and proceeded to cuss us out for yelling at him....Where was that charging male bison when we needed him?????
But back to the snow. Our camp host said that in April snow would have been higher than our camper if we had been at the park. Now that is over 14 feet of snow! The TV station reported that over 50% of the bighorn sheep had died during the winter due to the unusual amounts of snow. My mind cannot take it in. Apparently this town only plows two streets. The rest you must use a snowmobile to pass.
I have never been as cold as I was the other day. Wind with ice pellets in it. This ole Southern gal isn't used to that.
But we soldiered on and saw a lot of the park that day. How often do you get to see Ol' Faithful in the snow?

This park is so huge that it is taking us almost a week to see the parts we can get in. Of course, if I didn't make Erwin stop every time I see a pullout we could see more. But I came to see not to speed.


I think this photo says it all....


Most of the tourists here are very helpful and will tell you where they have spotted beautiful scenery or wild life. Yesterday a young man heard me say I had never seen a bear and he told us where to find them. He was right on track. We saw several bears and a mother with her cub. We had to stay quite a distance away but we had binoculars and got very good views.

We also saw this "wolf-ote". We think it is a coyote, but we are not sure. He was trotting down the road and we never could see his face.

I think the most interesting part of the day was the mud volcano.

There is this rock with a hole at the bottom that oozes this yucky slate gray mud into a pool. there is bubbles and hisses and steams. I felt dinosaur eyes on me the whole time we were there.