Yellowstone, Day 4: Just a Picnic

Today was the Sabbath, a lovely day of rest and worshiping God with a local church.  In the afternoon, we finished up a little bit of schoolwork and just had some downtime.

For dinner, The Brain had the fabulous idea to grill steaks at a spot in the park he had noticed, and then go for just a simple little hike.

On our way into the park, we saw a bunch of cars pulled over, people with fancy telescopes and cameras, and a ranger car.  That usually means a bear or something extra special.  We pulled over to check it out, but didn’t see anything but bison, which are EVERYWHERE in Yellowstone.

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(foreshadowing #1)

We moved on to our picnic spot near the Madison Information Center.  The Brain grilled up some delicious steaks while the kids were immersed in their imaginative world.

After a savory dinner, we headed to our hiking spot.  On the way, we were blocked by that same herd of bison from earlier.  This time they were slowly, ever so slowly, making their way from one side of the road to the other.

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(Fun fact:  Newborn bison can start walking with the herd 2-3 hours after birth.)

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(foreshadowing #2)

We made it to our hiking spot, but at the same place where there had been lots of cars and people as we came in, there were now way more.

Instead of beginning our hike right away, we crossed the street to see what was going on.  We saw this:

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We spent the next hour or more feeling like we were living in an episode from the National Geographic channel.  The kids are both eager to tell you all about it, so I’m going to leave you in suspense for now.  I’ll just tell you that we never made it to that hiking trail!

We finally left.  We saw an elk just down the street.

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Then we took a scenic route.  Away from the main Yellowstone road, which of course isn’t scenic at all…

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We saw elk horns, skull, and spine on the other side of the river.

Be on the lookout for posts from the kids about our experience today!

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This is part of a Yellowstone series.  You can view the other days here:

Geyser Basins  Lost Lake Trail and Lamar Valley   Upper Geyser Basin   Just a Picnic   Mammoth Hot Springs   Canyon   National Geographic Experience

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