Into the Big Back Country September 2, 2021
A Beautiful Blur
The last 3 days have been a beautiful blur. With no wifi or cell reception, I had to wait to share our extraordinary experience in Yellowstone. We camped in the national forest just outside Yellowstone’s northeast gate with no electric, water, sewer, or connection to the outside world. Each rustic campsite had a bear box that we had to lock all our food and even sweet smelling cosmetics in for the night. We got up at 5:30 AM and drove to the Lamar Valley to watch the sunrise, and were blessed to connect with incredibly generous animal lovers with telescopes who let us see up close the grizzly bears, a wolf pack, mountain goats, and more in the early morning light. I cried at the beauty of it all. We then drove to Cody, Wyoming where we saw the Cody rodeo, visited the Old Trail Town (that I posted yesterday on Facebook), and ate at Cassie’s Dinner Club circa 1922 that started as a brothel in the old west until prostitution became illegal in Wyoming and Cassie cleverly changed it to a saloon and dinner club. Today we drove to just outside Devil’s Tower national monument, and tomorrow we’ll see the monument and head on to Ernie’s old stomping grounds in the Black Hills. Even this day of driving straight through was beautiful as we went through the Big Horn mountains and Elijah opened my eyes to something he has been trying to get us to understand for the longest time. Taking the time to see, breathe, discover, talk, share, love, and laugh together is changing us all for the better.