Where the Buffalo Roam

May 16th

Smiley American breakfast

European Breakfast

My breakfast vs. Shelley’s. Are you kidding me? A day in Yellowstone and all you are having an English muffin? Bring on the carbs. And the eggs. And the smiley. (Jess ate the pork.)

Roosevelt Gate

My blog's new motto

Or jellystone

Shell and me, hanging

The Roosevelt Gate at the entry of the park. A sign of the great things to come during the day, including many a “nature” sighting.

Lady elk





Bubbling geysers!


Is it wrong this makes me want a burger?

Hello cute baby buffalo!


Mama and baby buffalo

And even better, baby buffalo!

Peeps waiting for Old Faithful

Every 90 minutes

Come on already

Little bit o' steam

Bubbling up


Working the geyser

Old Faithful

Girls at Old Faithful

Look ma!

Look, Mom! Old Faithful. It was actually much quieter than you’d expect, especially considering how many people sat on bleachers waiting for this gurgling geyser to do its thing.


Truly the highlight of the day — a wolf! Amazing. We later saw a coyote, but this sighting was truly majestic.




We ended our adventures at the Chico Hot Springs, soaking with margaritas in hand. I am thoroughly catching up on some much needed rest and am more relaxed at the moment than I’ve been in months. Thank heavens for this fantastic vacation. Tomorrow we’ve got our eyes set on the Lamar Valley where according to a local lead, “Bears roam on the side of the road.” We’ll see.

Later gators

Off to enjoy the Montana nightlife — dinner, gin and tonics, a jacket and a set of swings over looking the river on a starry night.


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16 Responses

  1. Beautiful!

  2. Amazing shots! Looks and sounds like an amazing trip!!

  3. Oh, it looks glorious, Kelli! How beautiful and how fortunate you saw so much wildlife. You’re not missing anything here in the Valley of the Sun.

  4. Thank you for taking the time during your trip to share these amazing photos. As someone who has never been, they are truly a treasure. I think I feel at peace just from reading about your wonderful vacation!

  5. So. Jealous. 🙂 I’m glad you guys are enjoying your trip, Kelli. Thanks for the fab pics!

  6. Isn’t Yellowstone amazing? I went with my family several years ago, and we ended up seeing so many elk by the end of the trip that we started referring to them as “Stinking Elk”! (mostly because they were clogging up traffic everywhere we turned) Good luck on the bear sighting!

  7. Sounds like a good trip so far!

  8. That’s my kind of breakfast (yours, not Ms. Shelley’s hehee). And, loving all these phtos (#8 is grogrous!). Seriously stunning images. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your awesome vacation with us.

  9. Great pictures! Glad you’re having fun.

  10. Beautiful!! I have many an in-law in Bozeman, and I’m looking forward to a third visit to Yellowstone this summer! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Have fun!

  11. *sigh* I love Yellowstone. Sadly, I haven’t been there since I was 12–27 years ago, GULP–but it left such an impression on me. I was lucky enough to go twice when I was little. Glad to see it’s not taken over with McD’s or some other horror.

  12. I definitely need to go to Yellowstone now! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing the beauty with us! I am glad that you are having a wonderfully relaxing time!!

  13. Wow! How beautiful! I have been into Yellowstone and to Old Faithful, but have never been into Montana. Lucky girl! My dad says it’s some of the most beautiful land he’s ever seen and he’s been to every state but Alaska (which is still on his list).

    Hope you continue to have a great time!

  14. Great pics, as always. Thanks for sharing!
    P.S. tell Shelley I deeply miss her blog.

  15. Sounds like a truly wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing it with us.


  16. Of course I’ve told you in person but I must immortalize it here for all to see—your photos are spectacular! But spending the whole weekend with you and Finny was the best.