On our last day of vacation, we got up at 7 a.m. and managed to pack everything up in a groggy haze and bust out of the campground. We had seen just about everything there was to see on Day 6, so we were on the lookout for any views we might have missed on the way out of the park. On our way to the east entrance, which is over by the Lamar Valley, where we had seen the bear cubs, we saw yet another crowd of people on the side of the road, pointing to something in the meadow. This could only mean one thing in Yellowstone: BEARS. We pulled over and got the cameras out, crossing our fingers that we’d see just one more bear. We approached a ranger and several people wielding telescopic lenses. At first I panicked, thinking it was so far away I wouldn’t be able to get a picture–again. But when we got to the edge of the road, our eyes beheld a Yellowstone Miracle: a Grizzly bear momma and two teenaged-looking bear cubs!
There were a ton of people on the side of the road, which surprised me because we really shouldn’t get too close to the bears. But the rangers didn’t look all that surprised that they were out there and seemed fine with all of us standing probably 25 yards away. No one tried to get any closer. In the end, we got some really decent pictures of the three bears. We were super lucky to have seen both black bear cubs and grizzly bear cubs on this trip.
After satiating our bear lust for a good 20 minutes, we headed to the east entrance/exit of the park for some last-minute photo opportunities:
After saying goodbye to the park, we drove to the nearest town for gas, Cody, Wyoming. There are some serious sights out there:
Once outside of Cody, we began the arduous 21-hour drive back to OKC. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our vacation as much as I enjoyed going and subsequently writing about it. If we can inspire even one person to go camping and visit the natural wonders of the world, or just the United States, then we would feel fulfilled. Though this trip was just about as jam-packed as it can get, we had an enormous amount of fun. When I asked Jacob what his favorite part of the trip was, he said, “Probably seeing the Grizzlies on the last day and then also driving through the grand Tetons as we entered the park.”
My favorite part of the trip is a little harder to decide. I mean, everything we saw was totally different and something I’d never before seen in my life. It’s really hard to choose. If you had a gun to my head, I’d say probably the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the giant waterfall. It was picturesque and cold and just a fantastic view everywhere you looked. But honestly, it was all a fantastic view.
So get out, get in a tent, and enjoy the world before we destroy it with trash and pollution and the polar ice caps melt all the snow off the Rockies.