Natasha’s mom, Lucia, was in town for our epic trip to Yellowstone National Park! We left very early in the morning, with the destination of Wind River KOA in Dubois, WY (428 miles), as our overnight stop. Along the way, through WY, we had a very strong headwind that made us gobble up 44 gallons of gas. The KOA in Dubois is very nice, with sites along the Wind River. We were told that we were lucky, usually the campground is full of snow in late May. During our visit it was beautiful, and sitting next to the river was relaxing after a full days drive.
We stop at Kathy’s Koffee before setting out— they make a latte with a very distinct, earthy, flavor that is a must try. Our drive into, and through, Teton National Park was rainy and snowy. We arrived at our YNP site by noon and set up camp, relaxed, then took off in search of wildlife. Within the first 30 minutes we saw our first grizzly bear!
During our stay we drove, at least, eight hours a day visiting every thermal feature, visitors station, and valley that we could. The rain did not let up until our last day, when we loaded up and headed back to the Wind River KOA in Dubois. Because the clouds were so low we did not get to see all of the mountain ranges around us until we drove out of the two parks (Yellowstone and Teton). We stopped at every pull out possible and took in the views on the way out 🙂
The animals that we saw in the first three hours of siteseeing: harlequin ducks, pelicans, osprey, swans, bison (with calves!), and grizzly bears. During the rest of the trip we came upon a pin tail, a black bear, dear, elk and moose. We traveled North to Lamar Valley but did not see, or hear, the wolves.
Madison Campground was nice, with a river nearby that you could fly fish. Bison were lounging yards away from the tents (that is crazy!). The Fishing Bridge RV Park had some Grizzly visitors, but we did not see them. We did, however, have a bear scratch the plexiglas cover on the front of the Airstream! To bad we were not there to see it peeking into the camper! Our campsite had a shower and laundry facility, and a nearby convenience store with a gas station.