We’ve been in Bozeman for about a week and have been taking it easy. We had a couple reasons for that:
- We tend to do a lot in the first few days and kind of overdo it.
- I caught a cold! It sucks…but I was congested, picked up a cough, and was running a fever.
We planned on heading into Yellowstone on the Sunday, one week after we arrived in the area. The North Entrance to Yellowstone is just South of Gardiner, MT. That entrance is about 90 minutes from Bozeman via Livingstone through Paradise Valley. It is a nice drive with wide, smooth roads and amazing views.
What’s that? (on the Interstate)
A minute after we merged onto Interstate 90 East, we saw something on the road moving, like a bag blowing or random debris. We couldn’t make it out exactly since it was about a mile away and closing in at 75 mph. It was moving across with some purpose. I was slowing moving over to avoid hitting whatever it was…which we still couldn’t quite tell.
It was a duck with its four or five duckings in tow. They made it across before the few other cars behind me passed them.
The plan was to head into the park and head over to Lamar Valley as quickly as possible to see wildlife in the morning. It takes about 90 minutes to get to the north entrance of the park from where we are in Bozeman…
We bought a picnic lunch to have somewhere along the way, and dogs are allowed in picnic areas. So, we’d have a good chance to walk Brodie around.
We would check out Mammoth Hot Springs on the way out.
The traffic stopped but we didn’t see any bison or pronghorn or anything. Next thing we know there are three coyotes playing and running around like crazy.
They are FAST. They bolted across the street and disappeared.
Mammoth Hot Springs
We were starting to lose steam by the time we got to Mammoth. It was hot in the direct sun and there is NO shade around the boardwalks in the Mammoth area.
By the time we walked around, we were both feeling sick…I was coughing a LOT and Elizabeth had a fever setting in. We were ready to get back to Bozeman to rest.