August 9, 2010

Driving the Great Northwest - Yellowstone in the Snow

Yellowstone National Park is our last stop before we head back home to Las Vegas.  I have been to Yellowstone several times in years past, always during the summer months, and each time I was in awe of this beautiful National Park.  And this time was no exception.

We left Billings the morning of April 27 headed West on I-90 to Bozeman.  However, we made a detour  to Helena to have some lunch at the "Brewhouse Pub and Grill" with my long time friend of 36 years, Tina and her daughter Ria.

We then made our way back down to Bozeman and headed to West Yellowstone via highway 191.  It seemed that our next day here would be very promising because we had already seen a buffalo!


We woke up to snow the next morning!  Certain that the park would be closed today, we took a chance and drove to the entrance,  and much to our surprise, it was open!  Some road closures of course, but not where we wanted to go today.  We decided we would drive the 49 miles to the Mammoth area and along the way we did see some beautiful sites.

As well as a few herds of Bison foraging for grass under the newly fallen snow.

The snow continued to fall and when we came upon a highway crew giving us the option to continue on to Mammoth or turn back because of heavy snow fall in that area, we decided that returning in the direction we came from to see "Old Faithful" was a better idea.

While standing around like fools in the snow waiting for Old Faithful to do her thing, we were informed that we needed to leave as soon as possible or we would all have to spend the night right there!  And it wasn't going to be in the lodge!

We were able to get a couple of pictures, not good ones, but pictures nonetheless.

The next morning we woke up to this............

It was a long day and 743 miles later, we were back home in sunny Las Vegas.

If you would like to see more pictures of our day in Yellowstone just click here, and then the album titled "Yellowstone"


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  2. Hi Debbie, I am now following you... I do love your blog... I have never been to Yellowstone --but my parents went there on their honeymoon --way back in 1919.... One of these days, we'll get out west.....

    Cannot believe you saw SNOW... It's so darn hot here --so I enjoyed seeing your snow pictures... Made me cooler... ha ha

    We did have a wonderful trip to VA... Part of the reason was that the weather was so mild.... Loved it.


  3. Most of the pictures I've seen from Yellowstone have been from Spring or Summer, so it is nice to know that it is just as beautiful in winter. Thanks for the great photos.

  4. Hah! I posted Yellowstone as my Old Postcard Wednesday postcard just moments before stopping over here. These snowy bison images are marvelous!

  5. I have never been to Yellowstone so I enjoyed your snowy visit, Debbie.
    It was extremely cooling, our temps are in the 90's.

  6. Wow. That sounds like a great trip. The snow is so great as always. I'd been to Yellowstone ones and the place is so scenic.


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