Day Fourtysix

Wind Cave National Park, SD to Yellowstone National Park, WY
July 10th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Driving through Big Horn National Forest
One last really long day in the bus
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
Alicia Keys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Louis Prima, The Beatles, Blues Traveler, Dixie Chicks
Sunny in the 80s
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Buffalo, deer, rabbits, sheep, cows, horses, and a marmot
Bridge Bay Campground, Yellowstone National Park
West Glacier, MT

Daily Didactic
Our day started in the really exceptional little Elk Mountain Campground. We got on the road early for what should be our last long day of driving for a while, a little over 500 miles to Yellowstone National Park. We were on the move by 8:00 and headed first to a VW mechanic in Sturgis to look at the bus' increasingly squeaky front end. We are used to a certain amount of "squeaky" with the bus, but this noise has been leaking out into parking lots and campgrounds over the last two days and was getting a little embarrassing. Our new mechanic was incredibly helpful and shot every zirk fitting and boot in the front full of grease. The culprit was a ball joint. A half hour and 20 dollars later we were on the road again.

We drove the interstate to Sheridan before cutting west on Highway 14 toward Yellowstone's east entrance. The drive up and over the 8,950 foot Granite Pass (through Big Horn National Forest) was as good as a windy mountain pass road gets. The views were spectacular and it was great to be back in the hills. We dropped back down through Shell Canyon, the town of Greybull, and then Cody before starting the climb up into Yellowstone. We passed through the eastern park entrance about 8:30 and were parked in the bustling Bridge Bay Campground by 9:00. Bridge Bay is one of three in the park that take reservations and we have finally figured out that late Friday night arrivals require reservations. Tomorrow we will move to the quieter Norris campground, but for now Bridge Bay is a great landing spot in Yellowstone.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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Morning in the peaceful Elk Mountain campground Site 22 on the prairie
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A bison herd, posing on our way out Using the tools at his disposal
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Downtown Custer Wyoming welcomes us, we like it's style
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Green Trees might be a selling point, but we'd rethink the second half This could be tough country in the winter
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Mountains, we haven't seen any tall enough to hold snow for a few weeks Beginning the climb through Big Horn National Forest
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Steep and indirect She's not bouncing, she's stuck in a tilt
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Road construction and mountain meadows near the top Our captain, focusing
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Rocks at the top of the first pass The sign amused us
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And then we were surrounded by a mob of sheep Shell Falls
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Dropping back down through Shell Canyon Lines and plateaus
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High desert in the evening Looking east
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A tunnel on the climb after Cody Grazing land just outside the park
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About thirteen hours from Wind Cave Smells like sulphur...
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Yellowstone Lake at sunset Yellowstone Lake at dusk

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