Two nights ago, I checked online to see if there were any lodge/hotel/campsites available for Wednesday night in Yellowstone. There was ONE campsite available - Bridge Bay.
Backstory: I've never been camping. Well, pseudo camping once in Yosemite. It was a "tent" with a bunkbed, cement foundation and three concrete walls...one wall was a tent wall. Kate did all the cooking and I did nothing. So, for me to book a campsite in YELLOWSTONE, the mecca of camping (maybe, I really can't back that statement up)...well, it was a big deal.
Before leaving California, I did borrow a sleeping bag (thank you Kate) and a tent (thank you Lacy). I had a car, why not bring all the things? Who knows, maybe I'd camp (not really expecting to).
The cabin in Jackson Hole was 4 times as expensive as the first hotel I stayed in, which pretty much wrecked my budget. I needed to camp to get back on track. So, I booked the site and pretended I knew what I was doing.
|South Entrance to Grand Teton National Park|
|Oh, this is going to be a good couple of days!|
FINALLY, at 12:30pm I arrived at the campsite. Standing in line to register was worse than the DMV (1000 x worse than the RTA, for my Aussie friends). I must've waited 30 minutes, but when I got up there, I was HAPPY they took their time explaining everything. Bears and bison and blah blah blah. I ate it all up.
I set up the tent right away, thinking I'd stay put for the rest of the day, but after reading all the material you get upon entry to the park and a half hour nap in the sun, I got in the car and drove toward Mud Volcano. This was in the opposite direction of Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring (where I knew I'd be going the next day.)
As I drove down the main street, I saw bison chillin' on a hill that looked like it was on fire. I was soon to learn that these were hot springs and the bison LOVE the heat. They're basically sedated by it.
|I thought they were doing a controlled burn on the hil....duh, thermal hotspring!|
|Soaking up the ground heat! They were all melty and relaxed.|
|This guy could barely lift his head.|
|Just one quick selfie with a sedated bison (he's farther away than you'd think...I mean, he's HUGE)|
|Wyoming is so beautiful!|
And finally, time to curl up for my first night ever camping!
|It had been a hot day, but it would get down to 30 degrees overnight....|