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Yellowstone! …sort of

August 4...

Before we left Riverton for Yellowstone we received confirmation that we'd be spending Thursday night in a tipi! At the Cody Wyoming Trout Ranch on the banks of the Shoshone River to be exact.

While it would've been shorter to skip Yellowstone and head directly to Cody, we figured we could at least spend a few hours driving through Yellowstone and get a "lay of the land," so to speak. So we made our way north along US-26 through Dubois and the Grand Tetons National Park before finally reaching the south entrance to Yellowstone.

We made our way around West Thumb and Yellowstone Lake as we casually made our way to the east entrance of the park. I had been at Yellowstone once before with my parents when I was 12, but I had forgotten how immense Yellowstone is. It took us a little longer than I had thought (you lied to me, Apple Maps) but we're not on a schedule. At some point Liz read in one of our travel books that Yellowstone NP is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. That's big, but it felt even bigger.

We finally made it to our tipi around 6:30 or so. After we unloaded some of our gear and checked out the tipi I started us a campfire so we could heat us up some dinner. It got pretty chilly after the sun went down but fortunately there were plenty of blankets to keep us warm.

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The next morning we were up by 5am and on the road by 5:15 in the hopes of getting a coveted campsite in Yellowstone. Stay tuned...