We've just left Yellowstone after five days, the last three of which we spent with Julie's friend, Sue, her husband, Craig, & their kids, Rylan & Jeffrey. Our kids were thrilled to have friends to play with (as were we), and it took notable sights to make them take interest in their surroundings. Fortunately, Yellowstone has a little of everything. Our list of animal sightings included buffalo, elk, mule deer, a bear, a coyote, pelicans, & a friendly baby mouse. We had rain & cold weather the first couple days, which made for our toughest camping, but there was some good weather we took advantage of to see geysers, mud pots, pools, lakes, mountains, and a Yellowstone that's been fundamentally reshaped by the Great Fire of 1988. Parts of the park look like a giant game of pick up sticks, with fallen trees scattered everywhere, but we came to appreciate being here at this transitional moment in the natural cycle.
Hopefully, we'll be able to get to a computer over the next few days so we can upload pix (we've filled our memory card) & give a full account. We're in Montana & heading East tomorrow.