Holy Buffalo!

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It's a beautiful sunny day in Yellowstone! We start our day by visiting the Grand Canyon of the park, taking in more waterfalls and bison along the way. No bear sightings today, but we do spot an osprey nest through our binoculars (see video).

We then head over to Norris Hot Springs, walking along windy wooden paths, feeling the steam of geysers hit our faces, and the smell of sulfur enter our noses (see more videos!).

We decide to postpone Old Faithful for tomorrow, and head back to the campsite early for some hammock and lounging time.

After about thirty minutes of kicking it around the campground, we notice a crowd of people walk right through our campsite and when we look behind us, there is a herd of at least 25 buffalo right on the campgrounds! Two are fighting by some trees to our right, five are chomping on grass to our left and one is scratching his head on the side of a picnic table at a currently empty campsite.

The herd roams around the campgrounds, crossing the main road multiple times and eating whatever they please. They’re obviously not scared of humans and seem pretty tame, but we remember a story we heard about a woman last summer who put her five-year-old on a buffalo to take a picture, and of course, that didn’t end well. So we know to keep our distance and keep an eye on them.

Bret took some really funny videos of the buffalo roaming around our campground.

After about two hours, they walk away, many taking the main road out of the campground.

After the excitement fades, we decide to eat one of the Backpacker Meals we bought at an REI in Bozeman. Tonight, it’s chicken vindaloo. We heat up some water, pour it into the package and heat up some tortillas over the fire. In about 12-13 minutes, we have a hot dinner around the campfire! It’s so dark, we can’t even tell what exactly is in this chicken vindaloo, but we both clean our bowls.

Tomorrow, we plan to see Old Faithful and the Grand Tetons.
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