It was a bit chilly the morning we left Yellowstone to head south for a couple of days in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
We had stayed a couple of nights in these charming little cabins in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana.
Gotta love a place that provides supplies to make s'mores!
And yes, even though it was VERY COLD, we did (well, actually I did...and being the good wife I am shared with my man...) venture outside long enough to make s'mores.
After a nice breakfast at a local diner, we spent about an hour at this rescue center in West Yellowstone.
While it's so much better seeing these animals in the wild, being so close to them really made me appreciate their size and strength.
And with a little Photoshop magic, I think I might even be able to pass this off as a photo in the wild.
But it wasn't....
Such beautiful creatures!
I think wolves have gotten a bad rap over the years...always being referred to as a "big bad wolf." They truly are ferocious hunters, but we also saw a very tender side to these animals in our observations of them. If there's one lesson I really learned in Yellowstone is a new appreciation for the magnificence of wolves.
When people hear we went to Yellowstone, they always ask if we saw any grizzlies. While there are lots of bears in Yellowstone, they were hibernating while we were there so we didn't see any in the wild.
But we did see some in this center where they feed the bears all year round.
Again...if I didn't fess up, you might think this was a real-life encounter with a wild grizzly. But no, we were standing outside an enclosure and watching them.
But let's just pretend we're on the trail in the wilderness...
Kim and I want to do a grizzly encounter in Alaska next summer with our guide Shawn as expedition leader. After hearing him talk about it and seeing his incredible photos, we gotta go! On the docket for summer 2022....
After a fantastic stay, we reluctantly moved on to our next destination, bidding...
...a fond farewell to Yellowstone.