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Published: September 9th 2011
Last night we planned our escape from the KOA as we had actually booked and paid for 2 nights but there was no way I was putting myself through that again! Even Howard actually admitted it was NOT fun – I knew the distance to the loo at night would be the clincher!! The stupid thing was it cost the same as staying in a motel so whatever possessed him to decide we would camp I do not know! We had another KOA lined up for a further 2 nights but let’s just say we will not be following through with that!
We woke at about 6.30am piled all the stuff back in the car, I went to the loo while Howard did the deed and took the key back, made the excuse, we both jumped in and sped off – what a relief! Howard later discovered while freezing at Yellowstone that he had left his fleece in the hut, well that will teach him for trying to inflict camping on me!!
The early start actually proved to be a real bonus as the drive to Yellowstone revealed that a lot of the area we drove through was also
very volcanic which we had not noticed the previous afternoon/evening. As we made our way along by the river we kept noticing mist rising in certain areas which was the thermals heating the water and was clearly visible in the cold morning air, it created a very surreal sight. It also meant when we entered Yellowstone Park in the geyser areas you could see the plumes of steam from a very long way off, again a very eerie but wonderful sight.
We spent some time in the Geyser Basin areas, following the boardwalk trails round the various geysers, pools and through little wooded areas it was lovely but now and then the smell of sulphur was pretty strong!
We followed the loop road through Yellowstone stopping off at numerous view points, the scenery ranged from geysers to towering mountains to a waterfall thundering through a small chasm and plunging down into the canyon below. At times the mountainsides were heavily forested and in other places the trees were stripped bare, dead trunks. There were bear aware signs everywhere in the park but try as I might I did not spot a single one, we did however come across
bison (even one in the middle of the road!), and deer. You could always tell when someone had spotted an animal as cars just stopped wherever they were so people could take pictures which sometimes made for very slow travelling! Eventually we came down to Yellowstone Lake and had to leave the park to carry on with our journey over the mountain ranges to Sheridan.
We were very aware of the time as there is no lighting on the roads but we reckoned we would definitely be through the very windy mountain passes before dusk.
Driving through the mountain passes from Yellowstone in Buffalo Bill country Howard gets pulled up by the Highway Patrol for speeding. It was like a scene from No Country for Old Men – big wide open road stretching for miles, no other cars in sight and then suddenly the patrol car appears behind you with flashing lights, the officer (armed) leans in the window……………..
And he was about 12 years old, very friendly and polite and asks ‘do you know what speed you were doing sir?’ Howard ‘err I must be honest about 75’, Officer ‘well I clocked you at 85 in a
65 zone’! Oh dear, he asks if we have got about 80 dollars for the citation and goes to write it up. Comes back and says ‘I’m going to cut you a break here, it should be $120 for going over 80 but I’m going to say it was under as you said you were doing 75’ money goes in the envelope and I put the citation in the glove box wondering how many more we will collect! ‘Drive safely sir’ says the Officer and we set off, me praying we don’t get shot in the back of the head!!
Buffalo Bill country was fab just like the westerns and we ended up in Cody but only managed to stop for a wee in McDonalds – so hardly the real experience!!! We drove on and luckily got to Sheridan before it got completely dark.
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