Pardon me for posting yesterday’s post so late – we’ve been driving and haven’t had much service. And now, without further ado – how we spent our last day in Yellowstone.
We decided to spend our last day in Yellowstone driving through Lamar valley, because we were told there would be considerable wildlife there. Because wildlife tend to be more active around dawn or dusk, we got up at 6:30. Unfortunately, the drive to Lamar took several hours, and the only wildlife we saw were Bison, some deer and a coyote. Ricky saw a black and white magpie. Lamar valley is beautiful.
We ate our lunch at picnic table set far back in the trees and sitting next to a beautiful river. We skipped rocks and explored before and after we ate lunch. Elie and Ricky wanted to get to a little rocky island not quite in the middle of the river, and thus were trying to engineer a bridge from a fallen log. Brynn took off her shoes and simply walked across, getting to the island first, and without even realizing that was Elie and Ricky’s goal. It was an amusing moment. With the help of Mom and Dad, Ricky and Elie were than able to position a log so we could walk across.
On our way back to our lodgings, we stopped to visit the petrified tree. It had been gated off so we couldn’t touch it because people use to help themselves to pieces of it as a souvenir. We also went back to Sheepeater Cliff and climbed it. It’s an extremely easy climb; the rocks are set up like stair-steps. Elie, Brynn and Ricky climbed up the front of the cliff, Mom and I climbed up the side. Brynn had already climbed back down and I was in the process of climbing back down when it started drizzling. Mom and Dad called for everyone to come down, for fear the rocks would be slippery, but Elie and Ricky had gotten slightly mixed up and couldn’t hear her. Fortunately, they came back and were able to climb down the side of Sheepeater without any harm, and a few minutes later, it stopped drizzling.
Thank you to all who have been following along! I will most likely try to combine what we did today and tomorrow into a single post and publish them together. I’ve been posting a day after the things happen (so I published June 29th’s post midday of June 30th), because Yellowstone is devoid of reception and we didn’t have much at where we were staying.