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Published: July 23rd 2017
Sisters at Dead Indian Pass
Mileage – 226.5
We left Cody and headed North to get on what we thought was the Beartooth highway. The road was curvy, switchback curvy. The speed limit 65. Really, we would have been squealing tires if we had gone that fast. We stopped at Dead Indian Summit. It is named that because the Indians had to leave one of their wounded there, which the Calvary killed.
We were on the open range and open it was. We encountered a few cows on the road. I guess they thought the grass was greener on the other side. We saw a lot of mountains and rock formations along the windy road. Well, it turns out we weren’t on the Beartooth highway but on the Dead Indian Summit scenic highway. We did join the Beartooth highway though and took it into Cooke City. Pam wanted to get a picture with the sign, but there was no parking anywhere near the sign. We thought maybe there would be some parking on the other side of town near that sign, but….. there was no sign on the other side of town. Oh well…
We were in Montana for about 10 – 15
view from the pass
miles and stayed in it until we got into Yellowstone at the North Entrance. On the way in I saw the last state license plate of the 50 states. “Vermont”.
Shortly after entering the park, we saw a heard of Bison/Buffalo and pulled off the road to get pictures. Little did we know we would see many other sightings later in the day. Around the Lamar River we actually saw a Bison walking across the road. I guess he thought the grass was greener on the other side too. Of course, each time we saw Bison, we also saw idiot “humans” trying to get near them. There are warnings EVERYWHERE not to get close. They could get fined too, but NOOOO, of course they think that they know better.
There were also a lot of people fly fishing in the rivers. A little further down, we saw a bunch of people on the side of the road and they showed us the osprey nest up in the tree. There was a fledgling in the nest that the parents were trying to teach to fly.
Rounding one curve we saw a beautiful yellow hill covered in daisies, of
Curvy road on the way down
course we stopped to get pictures. There were also purple, orange, pink and white flowers growing amongst them, but mostly it was 99% yellow.
We stopped at the Canyon Village for lunch. This was nothing like the lodge we stopped at yesterday. This one was faster food and we felt like the motif was 1960s “Jetsons”.
After lunch we took off into the Yellowstone Grand Canyon along the Grand Canyon Trail. We stopped several times to see the upper and lower falls off of some trails, and caught a rainbow at one of them.
Our next stop was at the Dragon’s Breath and Mud Volcano. The Dragon’s Breath, sounded like a dragon breathing and really looked like the smoke you would imagine. The mud volcano was really bubby. I sure would not have wanted THAT mud bath.
Then we saw a Bison lying beside the road. We joked that it was his day to do the duty of being what a tourist would want to see. We passed several lakes - one was covered with lily pads, and then we saw the Kepler cascade.
On the way to see Old Faithful, we saw the Three
view along the route
Sisters Pool. Oh course we had to stop and take pictures, then we went the last bit to see Old Faithful. We didn’t have to wait but about 15 minutes before it erupted and we saw a magnificent show. We then walked around the geyser loop and saw many more interesting geysers. My favorite was one that was erupting as we walked by. It only went up a couple of feet but after it finished, all the water sucked right back into the hole. Another one had a sign that said when it erupted, it could go up to 200 feet. Seriously, we were walking right beside it. I’m glad it didn’t go off then.
After that we drove to the Grand Prismatic Springs but the sun was too low for us to see the colors. Sigh. We will come back tomorrow. We headed onto West Yellowstone, MT, where our hotel, the Best Western is located. We had to pay for this one too as all the hotels I have points for were full.
We were so surprised today, Saturday, that the park really wasn’t that busy. It was a blessing.
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