Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Day four: The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone! We started the day with a drive out to Roosevelt for a stagecoach ride out into the sagebrush.

We then traveled past Tower to Canyon where we took a walk along the South rim. Considering how much our legs hurt after descending 396 steps down the side of the canyon and then back up again on Uncle Tom's trail, we were a little ambitious to think we could drag the kids along for the 4 mile round trip hike along the rim, but it was worth it! The views, the colors, the rock formations up the sides of the canyon; it was spectacular!

The many steps of Uncle Tom's Trail!

Views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

We cooked up another picnic dinner before the drive home and then started the return trip over Dunraven Pass. It was dusk when we started the drive and I had just told the kids that it was the perfect place and time for seeing wildlife, when I looked out the window and there was a large wolf right at the edge of the woods. He turned into the forest and quickly disappeared, but it was a magical moment for all of us.

Our first wolf!

Then we started up again, went around a bend and what do we see, but a Grizzly Bear trotting towards us right next to our van on our side of the road. Ok, he was the most ragged, moth-eaten old thing, missing half an ear and covered in scars, but still a Grizzly Bear!

Our rag-tag Grizzly!

On our drive home we had views of the Yellowstone further downstream from the falls. This was taken by Tower.

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