We set out today to explore the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Along the way we nearly ran into a bison on the side of the road. More like Scott almost ran into the bison and then I almost ran into Scott. We almost had a bison-bender.
We’ve moved out of the area with hydrothermal features and into waterfall territory, a different type of nature’s eye candy. We visited three notable waterfalls: Upper, Lower and Tower Falls. The Upper and Lower Falls are located relatively close to each other near the campground so it made for a nice out and back without the bags on the bikes this morning. The bikes felt light and squirrely without their usual loads. Tower Fall was at the end of our day, near the campground where we’re sleeping tonight.
We’ve had a couple of chance encounters with people while at Yellowstone. We ran into John again, a mountain biker from the UK doing the Continental Divide Trail. We had initially met John in Silver City, NM. Nico and Marc, two Swiss guys we met just south of Las Vegas, found us at the Old Faithful Inn. And then I also ran into a former coworker while looking for postcards in a gift shop! Small world! It was nice to see familiar faces and exchange traveling tales.
Our new favorite form of entertainment…Bear Box Surprises! We’re in bear country (black and grizzly bears) so we have to store food, cooking equipment, toiletries, and anything that a bear might find enticing to eat (excluding ourselves) in these contraptions that require opposable thumbs to open. Each night we scope out the bear boxes to see what people have left behind. Most times it’s a bust, but tonight we found a new yellow rain slicker and some non-dairy creamer. I was not enthusiastic about the non-dairy creamer given the uncertain length of time it has resided in the bear box, but I think the slicker may come in handy.