We drove along both north and south rims and chanced a couple of short, well populated hikes to good vantage points.
All that water was balm to our drought stricken souls. We tried to soak up as much as we could with our eyes.
The best view was from Artists Point.
Since we were this far over, so near prime grizzly country with the sun setting, we decided to scoot on up to Tower-Roosevelt and eat while watching for grizzly bears along the way.
The grizzlies love the transition areas between the trees and the grassland. We didn’t see any. We tried not to be disappointed, but we were really bummed when we arrived at the place in Tower-Roosevelt that the map told us served food, only to discover it was closed for the season! We were 2 hrs from West Yellowstone. We wouldn’t starve in two hours, but we were getting hungry and grouchy, we ‘d be a good match for any grizzly! However, all we saw along the way home were these long horned sheep…
and these mule deer..
As the setting sun turned the clouds pink…
…and the moon hoisted itself over the snow capped peaks surrounding the Dunraven Pass,
we threaded our way through the waist of the figure-8 and chatting about the highlights of the day, looking forward to our dinner.