Day 4: Montana & Yellowstone National Park

June 10, 2013

Day 4:

We left Buffalo early in the morning to get to yellowstone! This was an easy drive day – only 6 hrs – so we were excited to have a little bit of a driving break.


As we were driving, we saw a Cabela’s store in Billings. I’ve never been to one, and I knew Matt was sad about the fact that one was being built right as we left Greenville, so we pulled over to check it out.


It was really cool! We wandered the store for a bit, and ended up leaving with: bear repellant spray (totally needed, I swear), binoculars, a new sleeping bag, and some hiking shorts for me!


We stopped for lunch about halfway through the trip in Bozeman, MT. Bozeman was a really adorable town: Main St was clearly a popular place to spend Sunday afternoons and there were a lot of outdoorsman stores AND cute boutiques.


We parked and strolled, looking for a place with outside dining so Sasha could join us. That proved to be more difficult than originally planned.
There were very few outdoor cafes ( despite the 85degree weather), and the town really wasn’t dog friendly. We saw maybe 3 other dogs, and 2 of them were tied up outside of restaurants. I would have thought such an outdoorsy city would have more dogs out enjoying the lovely Sunday weather.
We ended up eating at a place called Cornerstone Grill because of its large outdoor patio and the fact that Sasha was allowed.


Amazing choice. I had a mesquite grilled chicken burger with avocado, while Matt had a grilled to perfection burger. Served with cornbread so good it falls apart and hand cut fries, this place was delicious.


After lunch, it was time to get to Yellowstone! We checked into our KOA at 3, upgraded to a Kabin, and set out for the park.

Since it was our last KOA kabin, I decided to make it a bit more homey – Sasha even got a bed!


The park was amazing. We saw buffalo and elk and prairie dogs. (Fun Fact: Matt used to have a pet prairie dog named Tumbleweed. True story)


Since Yellowstone is on top of a volcano, there were plenty of geysers and hot springs to watch.



We even got to see Old Faithful! We waited a long hour to see it, and we were hoping it would be worth the wait.

It was.
Totally worth it.
We finished out Sunday with a real cowboy dinner at the West Yellowstone Cafe.


I had a hot turkey dinner, Matt had a steak, and it was the perfect meal to end a pretty day exploring the US’s First National Park.





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  • Reply Mom June 15, 2013 at 05:14

    Great video of Old Faithful!

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