Monday, June 25, 2007
Summer has arrived and there are only two ways I like to spend it: rodeoing and experiencing Wyoming.
I'm still a little sore from the "hookings" I took while fighting bulls at the College National Finals so I opted out of the arena this weekend. I have several big events in the very near future and I have to be 100%. When you talk about big events, Cheyenne Frontier Days automatically comes to mind. Cheyenne is my favorite rodeo in the world and this year will mark the sixth year for me to fight bulls there. Be sure to attend if at all possible. Visit www.cfdrodeo.com for more information.
After deciding to stay out of competition this weekend, I grabbed my Wyoming map and searched for another amazing Wyoming destination to travel to and camp. I have heard a lot about Saratoga, Wyoming, and its natural hot springs. It's only a two-hour drive from Cheyenne, making it the perfect distance for a weekend trip.
Medicine Bow National Forest and the surrounding towns offer numerous campsites so I didn't bother with making a reservation. After lunch on Friday, I loaded my camper and headed west. The road I would suggest to travel is Wyoming Scenic Highway 130 also known as Snowy Range Road. It is a beautiful drive through the heart of the Medicine Bow National Forest. The forest is highlighted with pine covered mountains, lakes, streams and even a huge rock cliff. You must take time to stop at Lake Marie. It is an amazing view.
When I arrived in Saratoga, I was able to rent the very last campsite in the Deer Haven Campground. My site was directly on the North Platte River. Seriously, only 10 steps from my camper door! I made camp and met my neighbors while gathering my fishing supplies. One neat thing about traveling and camping is the people you meet. Wyoming tourists are perhaps the friendliest in the world. I attribute that to the fact that when tourists are in Wyoming they are here to see the amazing sights and learn as much as they can about the area they are experiencing. What better way to learn than talking and sharing adventures?
I grabbed my gear and cast my line out of my backyard. I’d tell you I fished but that would insinuate I caught one. After trying my luck in the river it was time for supper. I grilled a steak and my neighbors and I shared a picnic table and enjoyed the view of the North Platte River. The North Platte flows approximately 5mph while traveling through the Deer Haven Campground. While eating, we saw various species of ducks and birds as well as a mule deer grazing.
As night fell I made my way to the Saratoga Hot Springs. Saratoga's population is just over 1200 but visitors are drawn here for the famous soaking springs. This is a real treat! The water in the North Platte is crystal clear, including where the hot springs are located. A rock border forms a circle in the middle of the river which helps retain the hot waters where one can soak. It is so relaxing to sit in the clear waters and become one with nature. While soaking, a mallard duck flew past me merely 5 feet away. Twenty yards down stream a mule deer doe and her fawn were grazing in the knee high grass. Another great thing about these springs...they are free!
Saturday morning I tried my luck fishing again. I'm starting to think that I'm not that great of a fisherman. You know it's bad when you can see the fish swimming by your hook and you still can't catch one!
Riverside and Encampment, Wyoming are only 20 miles from Saratoga. My dog, Ace, and I took a short road trip to the Riverside visitor center where I learned about the Indian Pools located nearby. Indian Pools is an easy trek for any age person and a sight worth seeing. Walking through the sagebrush country with a mountain range in sight is priceless. The trail travels across Cotton Tree Creek and then up to several large granite mounds. You have to climb the mounds to see the pools. The Indians occupying the land used these pools for bathing as they held rainfall and run-off waters. My mind was made up, if any of the pools held water, I was getting in! Unfortunately only one pool had water and that water was only ankle deep.
I also visited Encampment, Wyoming. Be sure to take a free tour of the museum and ask to see the various buildings located on the museum grounds. A couple of the neat experiences I had was climbing the fire tower which was used to spot fires in the early 1900s and climbing to the top of a two-story outhouse. Snowfall would accumulate so high, there was a need to build a taller outhouse for winter use. How many times can you say you've even seen a two-story outhouse?
Saratoga is a great weekend or even day trip from the Cheyenne area and Northern Colorado. When you visit the area be sure to experience the North Platte River in Saratoga, Lake Hot Springs and the Grand Encampment Museum. Wyoming has so much to offer. If you are sitting at home on the weekends do me a favor: find a Wyoming map and pick your destination for a nice weekend getaway.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Top Things to do in Yellowstone (in no particular order)
Take a watercraft tour of Lake Yellowstone
Watch Old Faithful
Walk in the wilderness
Stand at the brink of Lower Falls
Dine at Lake Hotel Restaurant
Visit Canyon Information Center
Visit Lake Yellowstone at sunset
Breathe the pure Yellowstone air
My goal is simply to offer you an idea of the vast activities Yellowstone offers. I don't have room to list every amazing adventure I would suggest but I am confident you can find numerous activities to explore. Many of my ideas listed are free and we all know free is good!
I challenge you to visit Yellowstone at your earliest opportunity. My experience in Yellowstone was amazing and I know yours will be too!
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Friday, June 8, 2007
However, stay tuned and I will submit a summary in the very near future.
Soon after I submitted my blog last night, snow fell throughout the park and temperatures dipped into the low 30s. The family and I decided to patrol for wildlife as I did see two additional wolves in route to type yesterday’s blog. The weather change really put the wildlife on the prowl. While riding the main roads of Yellowstone we traveled through Hayden Valley. Buffalo are king in the valley and last night they were grazing in herds exceeding 300. We were able to get close-up photos of a few white wolves too! Along the Yellowstone River we saw two of these amazing predators at 10 feet in distance. Night fell, but before it was too dark for one to see, I spotted a black bear climbing a hill leading back to the forest. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a photo but it was exciting to watch the bear through my binoculars.
All week I have been looking forward to my guided fly fishing adventure provided by Xanterra. They started a fly fishing service this season. Clients are taken out individually or in groups up to five to some of the most pristine streams and rivers in the United States. I was to be client number six since the service’s inception earlier this week. All you need to do is show up with a Yellowstone fishing license. Xanterra and your guide provide all needed equipment.
My guide was Dave; a 15-year veteran of Yellowstone. We departed camp at 7:30 a.m. heading north into Geyser Country. Dave informed me early on our weather conditions from the previous night as well as current weather would not be perfect for fishing and fish simply might not be on the move.
While driving north temperatures decreased into the low 30s and snow was picking up. Conditions were so bad at points roads were being closed and we were forced to take an alternate route into the high country. Dave wanted me to try fishing the Firehole River. Not only is the Firehole a hot spot for trout, it is located in some of the prettiest scenery in Yellowstone. Along the Firehole are hot springs running into the river and thermal activity situated along its banks creating a constant steam overhead.
Remember me telling you Dave thought the weather conditions might play spoiler to our trip? Well, he was right! Turns out this wasn't Dave's first rodeo and he knew exactly what he was talking about. I didn’t even get a bite! We packed our gear out and headed farther north into the most secret fly fishing river in Yellowstone. It is so prestigious I won't even disclose the name or exact location. You must take a Xanterra guided fishing trip in order to find this stream! Trout can be seen here in the crystal clear water by the hundreds. The area doesn't look like much when compared to the Firehole, but it’s still beautiful in its own right.
Dave let me know all previous clients caught trout while he served as their guide. My enthusiasm never faltered. We were enjoying fishing where few people have even walked. I waded the clear waters in depths just above the knee. It is a prime spot for any level angler however climate conditions were not to our advantage.
I guess now is just as good a time to tell you. I have some good news and some bad news.
For the bad news...Dave and I didn't catch a single trout. Good news, I didn't get dirty cleaning fish! Seriously, I can't thank Xanterra and Dave adequately for providing me the experience of fishing Yellowstone. We were in premier waters and the most beautiful setting this world has to offer.
No trip to Yellowstone would be complete without dining at the famed Lake Hotel Restaurant. Xanterra, the concession management company in Yellowstone, operates the facility. I have become a connoisseur of fine game food. To my delight, Lake Restaurant specializes in game food. One can order a variety including vegetarian/organic main courses, traditional beef steak, seafood and my favorite – game.
I was offered the chance to sample the cold smoked wild Alaskan salmon which I happily obliged. It was delicious in every sense of the word. Next, I was served my main course which included elk medallions and lobster! Without reservation, it was the very best elk and lobster I have been served. My parents were served, at their request, beef tenderloin and all the trimmings. It too was a splendid choice. Although we were stuffed from our superb main course we had to opt for dessert. Take my advice, when dining at Lake Restaurant, you must try the cheesecake. It puts the famed Cheesecake Factory to shame! Hats off to the Lake Hotel Restaurant. What an enjoyable evening. Oh, did I mention our view was Lake Yellowstone? It doesn’t get any better than this.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Weather in Yellowstone has been exceptional since I arrived. We have experienced highs in the 70s with sunshine, rainbows, pure white clouds and the whole nine yards. Forecasters predicted last night we might get some rain and snow today. I was scheduled to go backcountry hiking with a trail guide this morning at 7 am. My enthusiasm for exploring Yellowstone did not waiver with the weather change.
Breakfast was ready at 6:20 am. I ate on the run as I didn't want to risk not meeting my guide. Rain was at a drizzle and there was some lightning nearby. I dressed warm and even donned a slicker suit to help beat the near 40 degree weather. When I arrived at the Fishing Bridge activities desk, Mrs. Jackson asked if I was going to take the hike. I replied, "Well I'm not all dressed up to play ping-pong!" This is Yellowstone - rain, snow, sleet nor hail can’t keep me contained. Despite my zeal to hike the backcountry we were unable to trek in the lightning for safety reasons.
Xanterra chartered a brand new watercraft for me to see Yellowstone Lake in a once-in- a-lifetime fashion. When the storm passed I boarded the Otter, a brand new watercraft with less than 10 hours on it. My Xanterra guide, Mark, was eager to show me the back- country wilderness which is only accessible via boat. At times Mark and I were the only people on the 140-square-mile lake. Other times we were one of three vessels. Lake Yellowstone is paradise and I highly recommend taking a watercraft tour of Lake Yellowstone when you visit. The lake features islands, wildlife, mountain scenery and breathtakingly clear water.
When we departed I informed Mark I really wanted to see a bald eagle to top off my wildlife sightseeing experiences. Prior to today I have seen bear, elk, wolves, moose, bison and trout. Within thirty minutes I spotted a gorgeous eagle atop a tall pine tree which stood on Stevenson Island. It was a grand sight. We stopped the boat and enjoyed watching the symbol of American Freedom in the most amazing setting in the world - Yellowstone, Wyoming.
From there we headed to a nearby National Park Service boat and watched them execute their mission of managing the native trout population. The non-native lake trout have contributed to taking the native cutthroat, graylings and mountain whitefish population down 90 percent in the last 10 years. The park service spends time and resources ensuring the native species are protected as much as possible in their natural environment. Fishing the lake trout is highly encouraged. I hope to do my part tomorrow!
The clouds were low today and hung just above the snow-capped mountains. I can't adequately describe the beauty of such low and dark clouds with mountains still prevailing to shimmer through. The weather conditions were a perfect fit for creating enormous steam in the geysers that surround the lake. From the middle of Lake Yellowstone the geysers were very evident and none more so than the Steamboat Geyser area.
Mark granted me the opportunity to eat lunch while docked at Wolf Bay, a splendid sight with crystal clear waters. Lake Yellowstone depths reach 340 plus feet. However, the dock at Wolf Bay is 10 feet. The water there is so clear I was able to count rock on the lake bed!
I had packed an MRE (meal ready to eat) for lunch. After eating lunch we exited the Otter and hiked through the terrain of Wolf Bay. The weather was still cold and rain was at a drizzle but that did not keep us from hiking a little piece of the Yellowstone wilderness. The land we explored is so remote not even a fraction of one percent of Yellowstone tourists will ever set foot on it. There were fresh signs of elk all around us. It was a paradise for not only man but all of God’s creation. As I walked to the opposite end of Wolf Bay and approached the waters of Lake Yellowstone, I was so moved by its splendor and beauty all I could do was thank God for allowing me to see his creation. My next trip to Yellowstone I will camp in the wilderness of Wolf Bay. It is that amazing!
In route back to the marina Mark pointed out a flock of golden eye ducks in numbers exceeding 200. They’re a beautiful bird with a golden ring encompassing their eye...hence their name.
This evening my intention was to hike the southern rim of Yellowstone Canyon; alone. The trailhead I set out to conquer allows one to get a close view of both the Upper and Lower Falls. Weather was getting worse and time was running short. Temperatures were dipping into the 30s. I was determined to explore the canyon. In route to the trailhead I spotted two more bald eagles on the Yellowstone River. I stood five feet from a grey wolf and came close to two nice bull elk, which were still in velvet. I could not pass up such photo opportunities! However, in doing so, night fell and my goal of hiking the canyon will have to wait until tomorrow.
Xanterra is sending me on a guided fly fishing trip tomorrow. From there I will attempt to hike the south rim of Yellowstone Canyon. To top off a dream come true day, my family and I will dine at the famous Yellowstone Lake Restaurant which faces the grandest lake I have ever encountered.
Yellowstone is my favorite destination in the world...and yes, I have been to many other countries. Everything is here. Perhaps this is where the saying "God’s Country" originated - for it is truly an inspiring place.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Today my plan was to mountain bike into the Mud Volcano area and visit one of my favorite locations in Yellowstone, Dragon Mouth. Yesterday I wrote it would be an 18- mile ride. I was pretty close! Turns out, it is 16 miles from my campsite.
My family and I enjoyed breakfast outside this morning. The air in Yellowstone has to be the purest in the world so being outside is a delight no matter what time of day. There was a note on my camper this morning from the Xanterra Marketing Director, Rick Hoeninghausen, informing me I was to be their guest at various activities in the park including a meal at the famous Lake Hotel Restaurant.
Before heading out on my trek I visited the activities desk located at Fishing Bridge in order to set my itinerary for the next few days. I must say the staff in Yellowstone is the friendliest and most helpful I have experienced anywhere during my rodeo travels.
I left with a full lineup anyone would be excited to take part in. I know you will enjoy reading about each activity as they are posted.
Well my bag was packed. I traveled with a liter of water and a few snacks but in Yellowstone a camera is as essential as water so that was packed as well! I was on the road at 10:30am headed north to Dragon Mouth. It was a challenge made easier by well- wishers passing by in vehicles. The road is curvy making its way up and down the mountainside. I passed a small herd of buffalo and even took a picture as I passed by on my bike. I don't encourage this. It was almost as much of a spectacle as the buffalo themselves! Despite the difficulty level of cycling at this altitude it was a great trip. The air is so smooth and the scenery so beautiful I found myself not knowing I was cycling at 10K feet.
Upon arriving at Dragon Mouth there were two buffalo taking in the scenery as well! This was a great photo opportunity and I hope you enjoy the photo. I didn't stay long. There was more in store for today’s Yellowstone adventure.
In route back to the campsite I made two stops. First, for more buffalo standing in my path home. Next I would take a dirt trail leading me to Le Hardy Rapids. These rapids are the last rapids for 16 miles as one travels north into Canyon Village. If you know me, you know I couldn't resist walking into the water using the rocks which nature had strategically placed in the Yellowstone River. I made it out as dry as I entered the rapids! However, to my surprise I would now have to carry my mountain bike up 84 stair steps in order to return to the main road. It was worth it...trust me!
Well I didn't make it to Otter Creek today but I have something better in store! On Thursday Xanterra is proving me a guided fly fishing trip and I can't wait! I hope the guide knows it won't be my fault if I don't catch supper!
Since I didn't go to Otter Creek, I had a little time to take a trail ride from the Mammoth Country area. I arrived an hour early to enjoy Mammoth Hot Springs and eat a bite. Much to my disappointment rain and lightning canceled the ride. But don't you worry, Yellowstone is so vast and there is so much to see this was no inconvenience. My parents and I decided to head south into Hayden Valley to search out wildlife. Hayden Valley is home to many of the park’s buffalo. We were able to see approximately 400 as we traveled the area. There was even a traffic jam caused by a dozen buffalo posing for their photo!
If you are a fish lover you must visit the actual Fishing Bridge. Today I took an easy mile walk to look for trout. It is there one can see trout spawning in large schools. The water is crystal clear and I was able to see the bottom with the naked eye. I spotted a school of two dozen large trout. I just hope they make their way to my fly fishing adventure on Thursday!
Tomorrow I plan to hike the backcountry...with or without a guide. I'm not sure which trail I will tackle but I will be sure to report my findings. Let’s just hope I make it through the Grizzly Country in order to report such information!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I promised you yesterday I would return to Old Faithful...and yes I kept my word.
This morning after my chores, I thought about going on a 1/2 day fishing trip to one or more of the many streams/rivers Yellowstone offers. I needed to put a new fly reel on my rod and get some flies tied. Currently, Yellowstone is only open to flyfishing. We ate breakfast outside while I gathered my fishing gear.
But before I could do anything I needed to hit the weight room.
Xanterra opened up the faculty recreation hall for my private workout. I really appreciated their kindness as I really needed to focus my physical and mental energies on the nearing College National Finals Rodeo. I was in the gym by 10am to accomplish this feat. However, on the way to the gym I spotted a grizzly and her two cubs. I was the only one there with the bears for 5 minutes. But wouldn't you know, in no time at all over 200 cars were in line to see these powerful animals grazing and playing.
My workout room was facing Yellowstone Lake with a huge window facing it. During my time there I was able to watch two buffalo and view the lake and surrounding mountains as I hit the weights. Tell me, where else but Wyoming and Yellowstone can you see this?
On my way home I grabbed a sandwich and found a place to relax on Lake Yellowstone. The view is mesmerizing. You really must see how dynamic Lake Yellowstone is. Lake Yellowstone Hotel maintains a deck with seating. It was there I ate in peace and solitude.
I had my fishing gear with me and was in mind of fishing Otter Creek. On my way there, I spotted another grizzly along the roadside. You can't pass them by! So I stopped and took in more unbelievable wildlife of the park. It was nearing 2pm and I didn't know if I had enough time to fish.
Ultimately, I returned to my campsite and picked up my Mom so we could trek to Old Faithful. Our timing was perfect! Old Faithful erupted 5 minutes after we were in place. It was 70 degrees with a slight drizzle. Old Faithful is Yellowstone’s most predictable geyser, erupting every 90-93 minutes. There is a large viewing area complete with bleachers for the viewing public, but I stood as I didn't want anything obstructing my view. She steamed for several minutes leading up a great outburst of water which towered high into the sky.
Seeing Old Faithful erupt really excited my soul and I found myself cheering as she went off! I'm positive I will return again this week.
Tomorrow, my goal is to mountain bike to Dragon’s Mouth (refer to day 1 blog for more information on Dragon’s Mouth). After returning to camp, I will attempt to catch supper for the family! Wish me luck in both endeavors. The bike ride will be 18 miles. However, 18 miles at 10K feet is no short distance.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Xanterra, the lodging and activity managers in Yellowstone, treated my family to a private tour today. Our guide, Mike, is perhaps one of the most knowledgeable tour guides in Yellowstone!
The advantage of having a private and knowledgeable guide is the fact that one can be educated on aspects of the park they may otherwise overlook or never discover.
We took the "Grand Loop" tour which travels the entire park rims. Mike arrived at 0845 to pick us up at our campsite. We headed out to the Upper Falls area which is a gorgeous and massive waterfall. We were able to walk the brink of the fall and stand merely feet from the Upper Fall. My goodness, it was powerful. It sounds as if an angry lion was continuously roaring. The breeze created by its force was so strong I had to hold my hat on my head!
The purpose of today's trip was to expose me to the park and give me an overview of the vast amount of things one can see while visiting the park. It was a 9-hour trip with many beautiful stops. However, when you try to see this many sights in one day, some sights are sacrificed at the expense of others. Seriously, you could spend months exploring merely one of Yellowstone’s features.
We left Upper Falls and headed to Crystal Falls. There's a short backcountry trail that leads to an amazing overlook of the water fall 1.5 miles above sea level. It was neat to see a little backcountry and such an amazing overlook.
As we drove to see the Petrified Tree, which still stands, I was able to see both the devastation and new creation caused by the wildfires of 1988. These fires burned 1/3 of the park. Although it is nearing 20 years, I could still see blackened trees in places; however, most trees are now gray. There is an uprising of new tree offspring which will stand for many generations.
Upon arriving at the Petrified Tree, we saw a bull moose 20 yards from the trail. That was exciting, as we didn't see a moose yesterday. The Petrified Tree is surrounded by greenery providing a smell that is very pleasing in the mountain breeze.
On our way to Mammoth Hot Springs, we passed several unique features of Yellowstone. However, for the sake of time we were able to see everything while driving. Again, I cannot adequately describe the glory of Yellowstone. Mammoth Springs is no exception. Mammoth is splendid in its beautiful multi-colored and multi-textured layers. These various colors and textures are said to be created by water which seeps into porous rock then heats under pressure. This in turn causes the water to rise back to the top, often bubbling above ground providing a haven for organisms to prosper.
Another thing I want to share is Isa Lake, which is located on the Continental Divide. Isa Lake is not big or glorious. However, it is unique in its own right. Isa is the only lake known to flow into both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The water departing from the east, travels to the Pacific while the westbound waters arrive in the Atlantic. This is quite opposite of what one might assume.
We also stopped in to see Old Faithful. Disappointingly, we arrived 5 minutes after she erupted. Old Faithful is pretty reliable, as she erupts every 90-93 minutes. I plan to return tomorrow and see it firsthand.
One the way back to our camp site, we traveled along the edge of Lake Yellowstone. It sits at 7733 feet and is 390 feet deep! And no, I didn't dive in to test this truth! Lake Yellowstone has mountain ranges exceeding 10K feet all around it and it is said to be the largest lake at such high altitude.
I am leaving out several sights. I could write for days and still not disclose all my findings. Therefore, I encourage you to visit Yellowstone. It has everything: mountains, geysers, wildlife, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and the list goes on!
One last thing. Last night after I submitted my blog, I took a short 5-mile bike ride to a nearby creek. It was almost dark when I arrived there. The water is so clear in the moonlight you can see fish nearing the top. The air is so clean and refreshing, it is worth the ride.
On my way home, I saw a couple of animals dart out of the woods onto the road. I stopped my bike and wouldn't you know it was two wolves! I don't scare easily but I do respect the wildlife. Therefore, my heart rate did rise! The wolves stood their ground, right in the middle of my path, and stared me down. I decided to get off the bike and stand behind it. Adding to my discomfort, my pants leg caught in the chain and sprocket, ripping my chain off! So I went from helpless to very helpless in a matter of seconds! Nonetheless, I was able to get my chain on with the help of the lights beaming from an oncoming vehicle which in turn scared the wolves back into the woods!
Moral of the story...there are still big bad wolves!!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
You can read my bio and figure out real fast that the life of a rodeo bullfighter can be quite hectic and dangerous. I've found it important to relax and enjoy the great outdoors when I'm not on the rodeo trail.
Some of you may be now introduced to rodeo and bullfighting for the first time. So for any new fans, bullfighting can be compared to a "Hit Man." During the bull riding event, riders are required to stay aboard the bucking bovine for 8 seconds using only one hand, as they hold a flat braided rope for dear life. When dealing with unpredictable animals it is important to have safety measures in place for the rider’s protection. Many people refer to bullfighters as "Cowboy Proctors" or "Cowboy Lifesavers" for that reason...as bullfighters risk life and limb for the rider’s protection.
Many times that involves a bull actually running over us for the rider to make a safe get away...or even having to jump onto the bulls back to free a riders hand should he become trapped.
Now for the fun stuff!
In 2007 I was fortunate to be invited to join the Wyoming Tourism team of professional rodeo cowboys. As you know, Wyoming is famous for its western lifestyle and plethora of rodeo events state-wide. As an endorsed athlete, it is my main objective to help promote Wyoming Tourism while traveling the rodeo circuit world-wide. Thanks to Wyoming, Yellowstone and their managing partner Xanterra, I am getting a first class trip in Yellowstone.
I’m in route to fight bulls for the 3rd time at the College National Finals held in Casper, Wyoming, June 10-16. It's a premier event featuring the very best rodeo athletes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Until then, I am relaxing with my mom and dad as we take in all Yellowstone has to offer!
June1, 2007 - We left pretty early from Cheyenne, Wyoming, in order for me to arrive in Cody, Wyoming, for the re-release of the authentic Yellow Bus Tour. The Yellow Buses earned their place in history as they were the primary means of seeing Yellowstone in the early days of automotives. Ford Motors have completely restored 6 of the original Yellow Buses and they have now been re-introduced as a means of exploring the park. It was a neat experience to ride in a Yellow Bus on their release day and feel the clean, cool mountain air as we headed to the Cody Nite Rodeo with the top down!
Cody, Wyoming, is home of the longest running open rodeo in the country. The rodeo runs every day from June through August. I was a special guest at the rodeo and was delighted to arrive via the Yellow Bus. Trust me; Pimp My Ride couldn't have done a better job restoring these classics. I was accompanied by several dignitaries including the Director for Wyoming Tourism, members from the Cody Chamber of Commerce, writers for various tourism magazines and the PR Director for Xanterra.
I signed autographs for a while after the rodeo and then headed back to Wapiti, Wyoming, where we had previously set up camp.
We woke up this morning (June 2, 2007) around 8am and left for Yellowstone. It's the prettiest 30 miles I have ever traveled. We were greeted by a great staff and were shown to our camp site at Fishing Bridge. We are located in the woods and I even had to sign a paper stating I understood Bear and Wolves frequented our camp site!
We spent a few hours in the park today. It was thrilling! I probably said "that's cool" a thousand times! Everything here is amazing. You must see it to believe it. Right when we entered the park, we saw 6 Big Horn Sheep; within the first hour here we had seen Grizzly Bear's, Elk, Buffalo and a Wolf!
Other "cool" things we visited were "Dragons Mouth" and Yellow Stone Canyon. Dragons Mouth is hard to describe, but I will try...there's a frenzy of action beneath the water! That action along with various minerals and water causes an explosion of sorts and boiling water erupts, splashing vigorously!
Tomorrow (June3, 2007) we are being treated to a private tour of Yellowstone. Be sure to check back tomorrow night as I will share my findings.
Yellowstone is amazing. A site everyone must witness first hand.
It stirs emotions and connects one to Mother Earth as our Native American brothers and sisters must have felt when they too took in these spectacular sights and wonderful wildlife.
Friday, June 1, 2007
You will get to experience first hand what it’s like to travel through Gods country where animals and water roam freely through magical landscapes. You will also get a behind the chutes tour as I suit up for the College National Finals Rodeo as one of the featured bullfighters. You can access the blog via the state’s website at www.wyomingtourism.org and follow the Blogging Bullfighter link on the homepage. You can also subscribe to the blog or forward it your friends and family right here at blogger.com. I look forward to hearing your comments as you tag along with me and my family on this wild adventure.