The morning started at 5:30 am when the van next to me started to idle loudly. Yellowstone was next on the list, but I had forgotten to pack blankets. I knew camping at the higher altitudes was going to be chilly so tried to find a place on the Internet along my route to pick something up. Oddly nothing showed up at all, but as I drove I came across an older big box department store. I forget sometimes that the Internet doesn’t know everything.
Used an alternative route though Bighorn National Forest to change things up and enjoyed it quite a bit. Saw moose for the first time in the wild. My last trip out west I had really wanted to see some moose but didn’t find any. This time I came across several. I stopped to photograph one a little over 100 feet away munching on grass on the other side of a fence. The moose decided the grass was better on the opposite side of the road and with great ease stepped over the fence and walked to the other side.
On my arrival to Yellowstone I saw 3 bighorn sheep walking along side the road—another first. At visitor center I was shown my cycling options. There were not a lot as the park is mostly roads and hiking trails. Parking by Yellowstone Lake I opted to try the closest bike area. Couldn’t find it so I cycled down the road and found the second. Did a 13 mile loop that was not too challenging. Opted to ware shorts and short sleeve shirt. Temperature started around 60 but dropped by the lake and during the ride. Put on a long sleeve shirt to finish ride but was never all that uncomfortable.
What I found I liked about cycling in a place like Yellowstone is that I have plenty of time to observe and setup shots I want to take, and I don’t have to wait for a pullover area to do so. There is a lot of road traffic but for the most part the traffic moves slow and I didn’t feel too concerned with it.
I ended the day sitting by Yellowstone Lake photographing the sunset. Then it was time to crawl into my trunk for the night. I had a plan in mind to test my cycling skills the following day.