The Great American Road Trip — The Lamar Valley

In the realm of stupid decisions, our decision to book a six hour guided walk in Yellowstone in September has to be right up there. First, it was 28 degrees when we started the walk. Do you know the last time we have been in 28 degree weather? Well, we didn’t either. Our blood has thinned to the point that 70 degrees can seem cold. Second, our house is basically at sea level. The Lamar Valley is over 6000 feet. What on earth made me think a six hour walk at elevation would be a good time? By the end of the walk, I felt like we were on a death march, just putting one foot in front of the other. And, finally, to make matters worse, we had to get up at 4:30 am, drive on mountainous roads in the pitch black, all while keeping an eye peeled for wildlife. Thankfully, the open range cows were all still bedded down as we drove past them, the coyote was faster than a speeding bullet as it dodged between our car and a truck going the other direction, we saw the deer in the road with plenty of time to stop, and the wolf (yes, the wolf!!!!) was a good doggie and sat on the side of the road until we passed.

In spite of all the pain, the hike was totally worth it. In addition to the critters we saw on the drive to the hike, we saw two more coyotes.

One of the coyotes we saw in the Lamar Valley.

And hundreds of bison.

Yep, it was so cold this guy was covered in frost.

And 30-40 pronghorn.

A pronghorn in the Lamar Valley.

A couple of badgers.

One of the badgers we saw in the Lamar Valley. He was hunting ground squirrels.

And some great scenery.

Views of the Lamar Valley.

But, if I ever again suggest booking something that requires us to get up at 4:30 am, I’m pretty sure Robert will kill me.

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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1 Response to The Great American Road Trip — The Lamar Valley

  1. Rose Brooks says:

    Great wildlife pictures! (But 4:30 a.m. AND in the cold? Not for me either)

    Liked by 1 person

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