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Yellowstone, Buffalo vs Bison, Greybull, WY and National Dog Day.

We left Island Park bright and early Saturday morning (7:00 AM to be exact), gassed up and started our trip to Greybull WY where we plan to spend one night on our way to the Black Hills in SD.

We’ve been to Yellowstone before but went toward the south end of the park and continued south to Jackson Hole, WY.  This time we headed east around the top of Yellowstone Lake and out the east entrance.  Yellowstone is just so darn beautiful that words fail to do it justice.  We saw a lot of buffalo and a couple of moose, lots of hot springs, but darn it – NO BEARS!!!  I was really hoping to see a bear.

So, what’s the difference between a buffalo and a bison.  Bison is actually the correct term for a species of buffalo that resides only in North America.

“Early American settlers called bison “bufello” due to the similar appearance between the two animals, and the name “buffalo” stuck for the American variety. But it’s wrong.

The American bison (Bison bison) lives only in North America, while the two main buffalo species reside in Africa and Asia. A small population of bison relatives called the European bison (Bison bonasus) lives in isolated parts of Poland.

Like buffalo, bison belong to the Bovidae family, which includes more than 100 species of hoofed mammals, called ungulates — buffalo, bison, antelopes, gazelles, cattle, sheep and goats. Two main buffalo species exist; African cape buffalo and Asian water buffalo.” (source:  LiveScience).

We definitely have to come back and spend more time here.  As we were driving to Greybull WY, we saw so many lodges/resorts with fishing, hiking, horseback riding, plus RV parks and places to boondock that it would be very very easy to spend a week in the area.

I’m not the hiker I used to be and when I was younger we used to do quite a bit of hiking and camping in the primitive areas but now I’m definitely more of a glamper, I want to see the wildlife but don’t want to work too hard to see it.  Driving up to it my campsite is my way of camping,  I don’t want to walk there with a pack on my back anymore. I am willing to do a few miles of hiking with the dogs and Thom but nothing too strenuous. And really, I’d prefer to do it on horseback but even that makes me saddle sore if the trail ride is more than a couple of hours. Am I lazy? Maybe, but I prefer to think of myself as having been there and done that and currently satisfied with the way I do it now.

We also saw a lot of people fishing, if we weren’t in a hurry to get to my mom’s we’d definitely stop and put our poles in.   We aren’t pushing ourselves too hard though. We used to try to make the 1500 mile drive to my mom’s house in three 8-hour days of driving (and sometimes, two 12- hour days, and then there was the time we couldn’t find a place to stay and drove 24 hours – NO MORE).  Now, we’re trying to drive no more than 250-300 miles per day, getting to our campsite early and enjoying the campground, walking the dogs, making dinner, and believe it or not, going to bed early, cause we’re pooped.  We call it “being in the “be” … and just being”.

Saturday we spent the night at the Greybull KOA in Greybull, WY and it’s definitely the nicest KOA that I have ever stayed.  If you get the chance to stay here, you should do it.  It’s a beautiful KOA right in the middle of Greybull.  All sites have cement pads, there are quite a number of pull through sites and one site even has a hot tub.  The place is very clean, well maintained and the people are friendly and helpful.  The dog park is very cute and clean and our dogs had it all to themselves.  Our site had a cement pad, a cement patio, cedar table and chairs, with a cedar swing and a propane barbecue grill.  Talk about being spoiled, it’s gonna be hard to go back to some of the other campgrounds that we run into.

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And of course, I have to make sure to mention that today is National Dog Day.  “National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.” (Source:  National Dog Day)

Frankly, I don’t know what our life would be like if we didn’t have dogs.  Dogs bring unconditional love, don’t judge and are very loyal.  Traits that a lot of people would benefit from learning.  In fact, dogs are some of our best friends and as you know it’s the reason we bought Myles, the Motorhome, our Dog Transport Vehicle (DTV).

Life is good, we’re having a good time traveling, and we’re getting better at setting up and tearing down.  We’re naturally gravitating to the chores that each of us does best and it’s working.

So, next we leave for the Black Hills in SD where we will spend two nights near Custer, SD visiting my aunt and seeing some of the sites we’ve never seen there.  Although we’ve been to the Black Hills so many times, it will be hard to find something new to do.  I think we’re up for the challenge.

Stay safe out there and keep making those memories.