From Bozeman, we drove east to Gardiner, MT to use the park's North entrance. The drive down to Gardiner alone is beautiful (that's why the area is called Paradise Valley, Annie!) and Gardiner was our destination for the evening.
|There's a moose in the field.|
The next day we (well, D and M, I can't see anything without my glasses!) woke up to see elk and antelope relaxing in the hills across from our hotel. We had a quick breakfast in the hotel and then jumped in the car to explore as much of Yellowstone as one can with a baby and toddler in tow (i.e., not much).
We had a picnic lunch in the Mammoth Hot Springs area where an elk herd kept us company. Strangely enough though, two Chinese tourists came over and started taking photos of baby J - not the elk. He is a Ridiculously Happy Baby, but it was a little bizarre!
After spending the full day in and out of the car, we had a delicious barbecue dinner back in Gardiner. The next morning, we hopped back on the highway with another national park as our destination!