Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wyoming: June 21, 2003

A continuation of the cross-country adventure I shared with Ben in the summer of 2003....

Day 14--Saturday, June 21, 2003

We went through the rest of Utah, then all of Idaho, then cut the corner of Montana, and then into Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park.  Our long day contained a lot of reading, a little bit of wedding discussion, and quite a few phone calls on my free-minutes-on-Saturday cell phone.  Ben discovered the games on the computer and got somewhat addicted, and I did Magic Lens grammar sentences for all of Night by Elie Weisel for my English 12 classes.  I think it should be clear which of us had more fun.  :)

It was after 10:00 and pitch dark by the time we came rolling into Yellowstone.  We were pretty anxious to make camp and go to bed after more than 11 hours of driving, but no such luck.  The woman working at the check-in shelter informed us that our campsite was about an hour and 20 minutes away, and cautioned several times that we should closely adhere to the speed limits, as there had been several accidents.  We heaved huge sighs and continued on the trek.

However, the trek soon became work it.  As we drove up the winding road, cars coming from the opposite direction started flashing their lights at us.  Ben asked me to help him keep a lookout for deer.  We both peered through the front window.  And then, as we rounded a curve, there they were, mere feet from our car.... Buffalo!  Two huge buffalo lumbering down the road, completely oblivious to the cars which stopped on both sides of them.  We got the best pictures that we could while both exclaiming over their huge, lumbering beauty.  That definitely made the drive worth it.

We got to our campsite around midnight and made camp as quickly and quietly as we could.  It was very cold, so we bundled up in extra layers and snuggled down as far into our sleeping bags as we could!

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