On day five of our Yellowstone trip, our second full day in the park, we drove up from the Madison Campground to the Mammoth area.
On the way, a stop at Gibbon Falls:
The Gibbon River below the falls:
Arriving at Mammoth, we saw some elk lazing by a building:
While eating lunch on some grass, the rangers started getting excited about elk moving nearby, telling everyone to give them space. A female and young elk wandered through the grass where we had been sitting:
Followed by a bull, who was trying to get them to go back to the others:
The elk back by the building:
The Mammoth terraces:
A nearby bridge and valley:
On the way back to the campground, we encountered a bison jam; just a bison slowly wandering down the road, followed by a line of cars:
As you’ve seen, we have a luxury 40-foot motorhome. So of course we headed out in it immediately, right? Nope. We parked it at our homestead, and picked up a 19-foot rental trailer.
Why?! Because we have had a trip to Yellowstone National Park booked for over a year, where we planned to meet up with several family members. And our 40-foot coach doesn’t fit in Yellowstone, especially when towing a pickup truck.
So after considering many options, including staying outside the park, we decided to stick with our original plan of using a rental trailer, as one last pre-motorhome trip. The main reason being that since we were meeting family, it’d be nicer to be able to all camp together in adjacent campsites.
The trailer itself was a bit of a challenge; we actually went through five trailer bookings over the year or so leading up to the trip; some we cancelled as not being suitable, some stopped being available, etc. The one we ended up with wasn’t ideal, with only a full-sized bed, and as it turned out at the last minute, the shower didn’t work, but those weren’t dealbreakers (the Madison campground in Yellowstone doesn’t have any hookups, so we wouldn’t want to expend water on showers anyway).
Here’s the rental trailer we ended up with, when we picked it up:
It has a full-sized (aka double) bed, with a half-sized bunk above, where we stored clothing:
The tiny bathroom, with non-functional shower (we provided towels for use elsewhere):
And dining area:
Stay tuned for a recap of day 1 of the trip tomorrow.