By 9am we had caught a ride with Delane who was visiting from a Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota. I knew right from the beginning that this was gonna be a great ride. Delane drove us all around the open part of the park and took our photo numerous times. Thank you Delane, we couldn’t have seen the park like that without you.
We got to Yellowstone on Tuesday which gave us 3 and half days to explore the park. Anna offered us the use of her car which was perfect. Yellowstone is huge. It takes about 3 days to drive around and roughly hit all of the major things. You can only see 2% of the park from the road and only 2% of the people who visit leave the road. So if you hike in any direction, on any of the 1000 plus mile trail system, you’re bound to have the place to yourself. Well, that is if you consider hiking around bison, elk, wolves, badgers, grizzly bear, black bear, moose, and many other large animals alone. You can see all these things from the road, you just see less of them and you have a few more people around you. We spent the next three full days exploring Yellowstone and even dipped 45 miles south into Teton National Park, which put us into our 10th National Park in 23 days! My friend Alex, who is living in Bozeman, came to Gardiner early Saturday morning and we drove around the park for a bit. I got my best wildlife shots that day. She then drove us to the Bozeman airport and we arrived 45 minutes before our flight. It was perfect. Stress free Mindy. We were through security and at the gate in 20 minutes. Destination was Denver for one day and then we flew to New Orleans the following Monday morning, October 26th. Just in time to rest a bit and party Halloween away in this great party town. Simply the best place to be this time of the year.