Published: September 11th 2008September 10th 2008
Super 8 came out on top again with two queen beds we both had a grand sleep and although late to bed awoke refreshed ready for their Super Start breakfast.I am getting sold on waffles and syrup and might have to buy a machine when we get home...but then I might get to be as big as ........Gretchen won't touch them as she reckons it will ruin all her fitness work !!!
Weather was overcast and about 50F or 10C and like being back home in the morning.So we both dressed for the weather and set off with West Yellowstone in our sights for the end of the days travel.
The first hour of travel all seemed to be downhill as the car functioned at 2000 revs at 70mph when at other times the revs would get up to 2500 so were we saving gas to get the same distance???
Not a lot to see with some of the scenery pasture and others the yellow colour of recently baled hay.Why they have so much hay for so few animals puzzles us.
Then it was time to swing east briefly on I-90 a road we have travelled before but in other parts
of the USA as it runs coast to coast.By this time,late morning ,it was raining lightly but not interfering with the view.
Then it was off I-90 and onto MT 287 and in still overcast conditions arrived at the turnoff to Big Sky an area that has been developed over the last 30 years into a very expensive area of huge homes in a meadow area at the entrance and then 9 miles up the road massive rea of houses and hotel amongst ski runs and chair lifts that went in all directions.The money spent on this area must be amazing.There were few people aroubd but we are sure that in a couple of months when the snow arrives the place would be chocker with people.
On our way out stopped at the Soliers Chapel a very pretty church with a glass window looking out at the Big Sky mountain,not unlike the church at Lake tekapo.
The rain became more persistant as we climbed to West Yellowstone following the picturesque Gallatin River.By the time we rrive at West Yellowstone the rain had stopped and the sun was coming out.It was still very chilly though and we both stayed dressed for it.
Just as well we had booked as many of the motels had no vacancy signs out and only the real expensive ones didnt have signs out.Ours choice is very homely and big enough with all we want,fridge and microwave at $80 plus tax for the night.The most expensive so far but that goes with the area we think.
Took in the Grizzly Bear and Grey Wolf centre which is a not for profit place which has grizzlies and wolves that were abandoned at some time and have been taken in for research and for the public to view.It wasnt a zoo type place which was refreshing.There were 3 bears out when we arrived and an hour later we were still there when they brought out another 2 only this time they were even bigger.The wolves started to run around as we were thinking about leaving so watched them for a while.As we left we realised we had been there nearly 2 hours such were the animals so fasinating.
Dinner from the supermarket freezer has been Lean Cusine pizza for Gretchen at $2.89 and chicken,spud and corn for me at $1.89(a record low price paid!!!).As it was all so cheap we splashed out on frozen TGI Fridays potato skins at $2.49 and they were yummy with pre dinner drinks.Early start for tomorrow as we want to check out Yogi's playground of Yellowstone and then head off to Jackson Hole for the night.Weather is predicted to be fine with 71F or 22C so perhaps the shorts will be back out for tomorrow.