Early in the morning yesterday we returned to Yellowstone and traveled through the Lamar Valley. This is a huge valley making it easier to see wildlife. Saturday morning, around 6:00 am we heard that a wolf was killed by the local wolf pack when he strayed into their area. Did not see anything as dramatic as that but we did see some grazing animals.
Decided to stay in Mammoth Campground as we have some things to do in that area. Our mail service is sending an aggregate of our mail that has been collecting to the Mammoth Post Office and it should arrive some time this week. We need to go into Gardiner, Mo. to do our laundry and get gas.
Yellowstone is still as beautiful as ever. It’s August so it’s crowded. The trick for moving about in Yellowstone this time of year is to go very early and then don’t try to get very far in the park after that.
The cost to stay here is $14.00/night but with our Golden Access Pass we only paid $7.00/night. Our site is #32 and at first this does not look like a good choice as it is close to the road and in the sun with little shade. Well, we’re gone all day when too much sun would be an issue and when we are in a sunny spot it is good for our solar panels. The little shade here is perfect as in the late afternoon when we are likely to be at our site, the sun casts a shadow on our refrigerator and helps it stay cool. It is cool enough here in the late afternoon/evening that I have to wear a light jacket. As for the road; it is quite busy during the day when we are gone but as the evening approaches the traffic dies down and essentially stops at night. Last evening from our chairs at our campsite we saw a small herd of elk making their way over a ridge.
We filled up with gas in the little town of Gardiner, Montana. that is just northwest of the park entrance. We paid $3.69/gal. regular.
Meeting Fellow Lazy Daze Folks–
We were in Gardiner doing laundry when some fellow Lazy Daze folks stopped in to chat. Elizabeth and Mike from Florida bought their Lazy Daze in 2010 when we bought ours. We didn’t see them at the Lazy Daze factory in 2010 when we were there but we were delighted to meet them now. Because each Lazy Daze is usually built as ordered at the family owned, small factory, the Lazy Daze ownership group is fairly small so it is a pleasure to meet one of the “faithful”. Mike tells us he did a lot of research, as did we, before buying his Lazy Daze. I have yet to meet a Lazy Daze owner who is not very careful about what motor home they were willing to purchase.