Yellowstone - Livingston, MT - Buffalo, WY...

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

I have to start this blog with thanking everyone who has let me know they appreciated my ramblings…I really started this for my family to keep up with us and document the trip, but it seems we have created a little travel itch amongst our friends and acquaintances!  Anyway, thanks for the positive feedback!
 
We left Bozeman, MT August 9th and headed to Livingston, MT. for a week of touring around Yellowstone National Park and the area in general.  Livingston turned out to be a nice little town and our campground was pleasant; however, our favorite part was the time spent in Yellowstone National Park and our float trip along the Yellowstone River.  
 
The park was beautiful and we were very lucky that the smoke did not impede our visibility during our visit.  I believe that currently it is very dark and smokey from the nearby forest fires.  Like most National Parks, Todd and I both get restless at the more populated attractions and eventually have to remove ourselves from other tourists and take the road less traveled.  Which we did and then promptly drove ourselves to the Old Saloon and had a few drinks prior to heading back to the RV. 
  
We rented a blow up (very sturdy) kayak from Rubber Ducky in Livingston our last full day in the area and folded it into our Jeep along with paddles & jackets.  We drove to a boat ramp approximately 10 river miles from our KOA campground, blew up the kayak and set sail along the Yellowstone River.  

The day was gorgeous and the river flowed steady and a little faster than anticipated, so we did have to actually put our paddles in the water on occasion.  The ranches along the river were amazing and I mean in the millions of dollars amazing.  With mostly open range, we got to see all sorts of horses, ponies, cows and donkey's along the way.  

We timed the entire float perfectly as Todd took the last sip of the last beer upon arrival at our KOA shoreline.  We then proceeded to heft all our goods back to the RV, deflate the raft and Todd took off on his bike to pick up the Jeep a little more than 10 miles away.  What a perfect way to enjoy a float!
 
The following morning we prepared to leave for Buffalo, WY and return our rented kayak and equipment during the allotted hour of 10-11AM.  After dropping off the goods, I drove the Jeep across the street to where Todd had parked the RV in a grocery store parking lot, hooked up and off we went!  I read an entire book and wa la we were pulling into Deer Creek campground…
 
This campground has tons of wildlife living full-time in the park.  We have enjoyed the several dozen enormous wild turkey and many does & their fawn's who inhabit the campground along with us.  After setting up, we headed into Buffalo or really 1 block up to Winchesters Steak House for a fantastic meal of Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Creamed Spinach etc…We also proceeded to have ridiculously horrible service.  Oh well, compliments to the chef! 

The following day, it was back to work for Todd and I set off in search of groceries.  The local IGA sucked, so my spoils were less than desirable.  Seeing what I thought was a butcher shop, I pull in and upon opening the front door, realize this is a slaughter house! UGH!!  Damn!!  Why me??  

Those of you who know me well, know what a horrific experience that was for me, but I did go ahead and purchase a pound of Bison to try before making my escape from the building…  I returned to the RV shaken up.  I popped open a beer, threw on a bathing suit and headed to the pool, where I was the only person lounging and reading the afternoon away…A light dinner saddled up to the bar at Occidental Saloon and the night ended perfectly. 
 
I spent the next few days setting up our future travel plans and did a bang up job through the end of Sept.  We are really looking forward to hanging out with friends in White Bear Lake, MN, then onto K.C., Lake of the Ozarks & finally, Bike, Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville, AR!  The next month and a half should be awesome!!  Oh, and we got opening day tickets for the Chiefs game on Sept. 9th!!

I got caught up with a bunch of friends, which is making us so excited to reconnect that we are literally going to drive over 1500 miles in just over a week to get ourselves back in the mid-west! We hung out at the pool after work and put a fairly serious dent in our cooler.  I don't think the parents of all the children swimming were too impressed with us, but do I care?  NO!

Grilled Bison burgers, which were AMAZING along with a spinach salad and decided that yes indeed, we will in-fact have to return to the slaughter house for more…Crossed my fingers that Todd would make that trip, but no such luck.

Drove through Crazy Woman Canyon our last evening in Buffalo.  BEAUTIFUL!! Then had Bison burgers again - so loving how lean it is!  Got 12 pounds yesterday.  Todd said he would get 10 more before we leave today...
 
So, now we are off to South Dakota, making random stops for the next couple of days and checking into Sioux Falls KOA on Sunday the 19th.
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