Today we ventured forth on frozen roads to Yellowstone Canyon and Hayden Valley. This time the wildlife did not disappoint us. We encountered a herd of bison shortly after entering the park and the fun continued. Hayden Valley was as beautiful and expansive as ever with bison, birds, and a lone coyote mousing in the meadow. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone was magnificent in snow.
On the way home we tried a little unintentional off-roading. Note to self: 30 mph is too fast on an icy 6% downgrade. After an interesting slide we plunged rear first off the road and into a tree. I shifted into 1st with 4×4 and drove back out of the ditch onto the road…going back the way we had come. The only damage is a crack in the plastic bumper and a slight dent on one side where we played bumper cars with a small tree on the way down. We found a turn around and navigated the same hill safely the second time…at 20 mph.
Our day in the park ended with a nice drive along the Madison River with fishermen, elk, and bison to photograph.