John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Shoshone River

Historic Buffalo Bill Cody Dam

Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway

Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway

Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway

Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway

Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway

No Passing!

My Road

Go Ahead

West Entrance Road

West Entrance Road

West Entrance Road

It's Open!

Buffalo

Closeup

Steamboat Point

Thermal Area

Thermal Area

Yellowstone Lake

Burrows Golden Eye - Drake

Burrows Golden Eye - Drake

Burrows Golden Eye - Hen

Burrows Golden Eye - Hen

Yellowstone River at Fishing Bridge

Yellowstone Lake In The Distance

Yellowstone Hotel

Yellowstone Lake From Yellowstone Hotel

Our Site

Our Site

Still Snow On The Ground


We start our journey today, not knowing, how far we will travel. We talk about Fishing Bridge RV in Yellowstone National Park but it will be twenty-six degrees tonight. We talk about West Yellowstone but it is a longer drive. Those who know us can guess how far we get.

We leave Cody. We see signs for Historic Buffalo Bill Dam and Visitor Center. Of course, we stop. We watch the video. I get a stamp. Built in the early 1900’s, the dam was the highest in the United States. It was built in the winter when the water levels of the Shoshone River are at their lowest.

We follow the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway. It earns its title of scenic as it follows the Shoshone River through the canyons. It makes us want to stop and camp. We stop and take pictures instead.

A ranger greets us at the Yellowstone National Park West Entrance. To his disappointment, John finds out that fishing in the park does not start until Memorial Day.

From the park entrance on, we climb. We reach 8530 feet at Sylvan Pass. We are above the snow line. The RV does fine!

We see our first buffalo. It is walking along the side of the road. No, wait, it is walking down the road. The buffalo definitely has the right of way. All traffic stops.

Yellowstone Lake comes into view. Wow, is it beautiful. It is big and it is frozen

Yellowstone Lake is North America’s largest mountain lake. It is twenty miles long, fourteen miles wide and four hundred thirty feet deep.

We stop at Steamboat Point. I do not expect to see steam vents so soon. We can smell the sulphur.

We see two more buffalo. We see the sign for Fishing Bridge RV. We pull in. We cannot leave here today.

After checking into the park, we take a short ride to Fishing Bridge. In the 1970’s fishing from the bridge was stopped to protect the spawning fish of Yellowstone River.

We go to Yellowstone Lake Hotel for dinner. It seems like the right thing to do here! A couple we met in Casper joins us. Julie and I are “kindred spirits”. Dinner is great, conversation is great and the views of Yellowstone Lake are great. It is a wonderful way to end a wonderful day.

Campground: Fishing Bridge RV Park

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