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Yellowstone, still day 1, Bozeman

Monday, August 25, 2014

We landed in Bozeman, and gathered our luggage, only to find out the 18 year old girls luggage had gone on a further vacation. She was not a happy camper. Steve and Melanie, the alpha male and female of our pack, got the vans, we loaded luggage in where-ever there was room, we all piled in one van or the other, and away we went!! After being on planes since O'dark 100, we had a 91 mile drive to our hotel in West Yellowstone. Dr.Steve, who is the head of the biology dept. at Gannon University, was our driver that day, and we got interesting history lessons as well as biology lessons on the trip. We also got our first good ground view of the mountains. They are AWESOME! One fact he shared with us was that we were traveling on one of the 10 most dangerous roads in America... comforting thought... We saw the Gallitin (that doesn't look right. Will change it when I find where I wrote it down) River, which along with the Jefferson and Madison Rivers, join to form the Missouri River. While traveling along the Gallitin River, we spotted several rafts of people white water rafting. So hoping we can do that! We also saw several kayaks. We stopped at Rafters to make an appointment for white water rafting for tomorrow. The rapids are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being pretty rough. 6 in our group planned to go, and wanted to go 4 and 5. 2 of us wanted 1 and 2, so we lost out... emoticon Then we thought maybe we'd go zip lining, but it was super expensive, and my pocketbook said 'NO'. It was $85 for 3 hours, 2 hr. and 45 min. of climbing and rope ladders, etc, for about a 15 second ride. We got to West Yellowstone, and checked into the Stage Coach in. There were "critters" all over the lobby- grizzly bear, bison, elk, deer, mountain goat, etc etc. We got to pet the mount of the grizzly bear and it was surprisingly soft. Bison are kind of rough coated except around the head, and that was softer. After we had checked in, we were on our own for the rest of the evening. The other mother-daughter team, my daughter and I, joined up and spent 99% of the trip together. We went to dinner, and then joined in the favorite American past-time for lots of women....we went shopping! We bought sweatshirts, and jackets, post cards and souviners to bring home to people. Thought we were done, and ready to head back when we found another store, and just had to hit it. Prices weren't that bad. I paid just $15 for the sweatshirt I bought myself, pretty pink with flowers and Yellowstone written in script very small above the flowers. I only paid $27 for my waterproof flannel lined jacket, and it is so soft!! Got back to the hotel, finally, wrote my postcards for the grandkids and my hubby, and we turned in. It was 9:00 their time, but it'd been a really long, hot and tiring day. emoticon (Will post pictures soon - my cord is broken and I need to get another.)
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  • PICKIE98
    How the heck did I miss this?? Where are the pictures?? Flowers? Your gift prices were cheaper than mine from Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My dream is Yellowstone and grand Tetons.etc.. maybe we can go there on our "Vacation" this winter..My turn to choose,eh?
    1892 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Have a wonderful time!
    1911 days ago
  • CANNINGNANNY
    What Fun...Can't wait to see your pictures !!! emoticon
    1912 days ago
  • LECATES
    Of course you went shopping! sounds like some nice stuff---hope that luggage eventually turned up for that girl. Interesting about the feeling of the animals. How come that road is so dangerous? animals?
    1912 days ago
  • MCFITZ2
    Sounds like a long day. Have fun and don't feed the bears. emoticon
    1912 days ago
  • FLEMIDG
    Sounds like you're having a great time.
    1912 days ago
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