|Tue, 08 Jun: A short distance, 143 miles, but a journey into breathtaking scenery (and a challenging drive). We left West Yellowstone in Carpe Diem with Dinkum in tow and entered Yellowstone National Park. After a fifteen minute delay in entering due to long lines, we proceeded to the East Entrance of the park, some seventy miles. We crossed the Continental Divide at 8,300' and the Sylvan Pass (8,530').
Along the way we stopped frequently to take pictures as it was the first sunny day we'd had and we didn't want to miss the "photo ops". Again we encountered Bison on the roadway, and the dumbest of all the world's creatures—tourists! Just as on Maui, they see an animal (they even stopped to take pictures of coyotes—aka dogs) and they stop their car in the middle of the road and get out!!!
After leaving the park the drive continued along US 20 (also WY 14 & WY 16) through the Shoshone National Forest with equally gorgeous views. Finally, after a drive through the river canyon to its west, we arrived at Cody about 2:30 P.M.
We are now parked in the WalMart Supercenter with multiple other RVs. The folks at this WalMart couldn't be nicer. It is a nice level lot...
Tomorrow we'll head east through Bighorn National Forest toward Gillette. We'll crest the Powder Hill Pass at 9,666', a record elevation for Carpe.