We have made several trips down to
Rexburg & Idaho Falls, ID to do our shopping. There is also a movie theater
in Rexburg which is $6 for seniors, which is cheaper than going up to Bozeman
where it is more. We do have a movie house right here in West Yellowstone and of
course, being the tourist town it is, costs $8.00 for seniors, but, think of all
the gas we save in not driving 1 1/2 hours south.
One of the days we drove into the park, about two weeks ago, I think it
was, we, of course, saw many bison on and off
the road, with many babies. I think that day was the most I've ever seen of them running. Most of the time, they are just standing or walking around. Lots of traffic jams, of course, because of them, as well as road work within the park. We did see a yearling bear, fairly close to the road, and there was a road block just getting up to see him, as there was nowhere to turn off the road. We got
some pretty good pics, though, even though most of the time he had his butt towards us, those always make such good pics, don't you know! :) On our way out of the park that day, we got into a traffic jam to end all. We must have inched forward for a good half hour before Ron noticed a buffalo herd running towards us, not on the road, but, off in the bushes beside the road. After that, our way was free to drive. Found out in town, when we stopped for some bread, that some photographers
had decided to stop in the middle of the road to snap some pics of the bison standing in the river and that is what caused the massive back up!!! I tell ya, some people have no respect for others who might be driving the same roads!
Last Sunday night, one of the fly fishing shops in town were giving free fly fishing lessons.
|Betsy & John|
They have a man made pond nearby so people can practice casting. Both Ron & I went, as well as our Boomer friends, Betsy & John Crawford. It was great fun, learning the different casts and trying to perfect them. I would have gone this past Sunday night, but, it was raining and I didn't want to get wet. The classes last
|That's me in the red and blue|
all summer and you can go as many times as you want to practice, practice, practice on their equipment. I will probably do that, as I have always wanted to learn how to fly fish, it is so different that regular fishing, that is for sure.
Probably about three weeks ago, on a Monday night, the Crawfords, us and Larry & Claudia King, another Boomer couple who are working in the town of West Yellowstone, all drove up to the 320 Ranch, which is about 50 miles north of here to have dinner. The ranch roasts a whole pig about 20 hours, then, puts on an all you can eat dinner for $10, which consists of the pig, baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw, along with non-alcoholic drinks and the best tasting cookies. This particular dinner only happens on Monday nights throughout the summer, the rest of the week, it is pretty pricey!
Today we were going to go to Ennis, which is about 77 miles away, just to walk around. There are also two historic gold mining towns from the old days nearby, Virginia City & Nevada City, which are also neat towns to walk around in, so we've heard. But, again, we've been plagued with rainy, cool weather for almost the whole time we've been here, with a couple nice days thrown in here and there. So, we're thinking about going up there next week, when the temps are supposed to be in the 80's.
Ron's birthday is coming up on July 8th and he thought it would be a good idea to stay at the Jenny Lake Lodge in the Tetons, until he looked up the prices. $600 to stay one night in one of their cabins!!!!! The cheapest cabin I found was right here in Yellowstone park up near Roosevelt, a pioneer cabin with minimal amenities for $69 a night, and of course, they are all booked up by now. So, he is just going to have to content himself with having dinner at one of the lodges instead...
Speaking of weather, this is the weirdest place we've been for weather. One day, it will be beautiful, sunny, warm, the
|A beautiful spring fed river in Idaho|
|A closeup of how pretty this spring is|
Our campground is finally getting busy! Our boss keeps telling us we are going to have non stop people coming in at all hours of the day and night to either register, switch spots, buy merchandise, etc. We've had some pretty busy days already, but, they haven't been consistently that way yet. I like it when it's busy because it makes the day go by so much faster, than when I'm standing around wondering what to do. There is just so much cleaning, re-stocking, etc, to do, and when you are done, you are done. We also make fudge right in the store. Our boss' wife makes it twice a week and it is real fudge, the kind you make with cream and butter. YUM!!! There are so many flavors it's unreal, but, every single flavor they make tastes like the real thing, like for instance, root beer. We have a great deal going for the customers, if they buy a pound, they get a half pound free, but, we also sell it in smaller increments. When they are making fudge, it makes the whole store smell wonderful!
When we first got here, we were told that we could go on free horseback rides and whitewater rafting trips, but, it’s been such terrible weather every day we have been off, we just haven’t bothered. We might take advantage of going on one of the tours inside the park, though. We also get a discount on some of the attractions in the town of West Yellowstone such as the IMAX theater and the Wolf & Grizzly Bear Discovery Center. We think we can get in there free, but, a discount would be good, too.