National Park out of all of our wonderful parks across the USA. There is something about this park that I love. It could be the wildlife or the breath taking views at every corner. This year, I entered the park from the West Entrance and that completes all four corners for me. I have been at all entrances to the park and have been on every road the past three years.
I think the feeling I have when I am at the park is the same as playing the lottery. When you get a ticket, you think about winning and everything you will do with the money if you win. The excitement of being a winner and your number being chosen that it's almost worth the dollar you spend on the piece of paper to get those feelings. The same holds true at the park, except the winning lottery ticket is seeing wildlife. If you are lucky enough to see a bear, elk, buffalo, coyote or the other numerous wildlife at the park, you are a winner! As I drive down the road, I always imaging something darting out or where the next pull out is so I can stop for a photograph.
This visit didn't disappoint. I was lucky enough to see all of those animals (except a bear) inside of the park and even close enough to get some photographs. Sure the scenery is beautiful but I was more focused on the buffalo.
When I arrived at the park, I was greeted with rain that turned into hail at one point. It wasn't the best in camping situations but Max and I made due and snugged up in the sleeping bag together in 28 degree temperatures. The following day was clear and we drove around the park to play the "are you going to see a wild animal today" lottery. We won.
If you haven't been to Yellowstone, it's a must. I have visited this park each year for the past three years and each time is breathtaking. The only downfall is the crowds. That is one thing to expect when you go visit in the summer. The one tip I have about not being in the middle of massive amounts of people is to get up early and see the sights when everyone is still asleep. You will be alone with the animals and the beauty. At least for a little while.