Saturday, July 18, 2009

Drive Around the Northeast Section of the Park

Since my knee was still hurting and Casey was up for a rest day after yesterday's hike, we decided to take a drive to the northeast section of the park, where it is very dramatically beautiful. On the way out, we stopped at a scenic overlook of a beautiful canyon.

The Canyon

Casey and me at the overlook

We continued driving east and found ourselves in a small "bear-jam." The bear was a black bear and it was only about 10 feet away from the road in a meadow eating grass. We stopped and watched it for a while and it was very neat that it was so close.

The black hear

A view near the Northeast entrance

From there, we headed out of the Northeast entrance and into Cooke City, where there happened to be a large motorcycle rally. We drove through the small town but didn't stop (there was literally nowhere to park with all the motorcycles everywhere. We did see one motorcyclist dressed from head to toe in black leather, with a while skeleton painted onto it. He was wearing a skull mask and a cowboy hat, and had a huge pistol on on each hip and he was just walking down the street. It was very strange!

We left Cooke City and headed back into the park. We stopped along the way and dipped our feet in a pretty little stream. On the way back to Mammoth, we saw a couple of large buffalo herds. It was great, because Casey had never seen buffalo before. All in all, it was a very nice, scenic and relaxing day and we both had a great time and saw a lot.

The stream where we stopped

Buffalo herd

A nice view in the Hayden Valley in the NE section

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