I started the morning with a trip into the town of Gardiner to look for some decent WiFi to send e-mails. The AT&T and Verizon signal at Mammoth campground can be spotty to nonexistent during peak hours of the day. Along with good coffee, I found great free WiFi and a comfortable place to sit and work at Wonderland Cafe & Lodge.
The little town of Gardiner sits right outside of the north entrance to Yellowstone and along with enough Yellowstone gift and trinket shops to entertain the most heavily laden tourist bus, there is also a good variety of lodging and dining options.
Before heading back to Mammoth campground for the afternoon I stopped to take a look at the historic Roosevelt Arch which was dedicated in 1903 and stands at the original entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
In the evening I decided to load the dogs up in the truck and take a drive towards the Lamar Valley to see if we could spot some wildlife.
|Frankie is all about the wildlife viewing after our last slow drive in the National Bison Range.|
It wasn't long into our Lamar Valley evening drive before we hit our first official "bison-jam". A huge herd of bison were lumbering along on both sides of the road, as well as crossing and walking right down the middle. It was funny to watch how they would stand right in the middle of the road blocking traffic while looking completely unperturbed and in no hurry to move.
|The baby bison are adorable.|