Our visit is winding down, and we are at loose ends about how to spend our last day in the park. We’ve seen the geysers and hot springs, toured Old Faithful Lodge, driven over almost every major paved portion of the park, taken several hikes, and viewed a bounty of wildlife.
We decide to take one last drive up to Antelope Valley in Dunraven Pass and spend a couple of hours glassing the area of wildlife. A deer comes over the hill but scurries back out of sight and a coyote lopes by, but the valley is quiet. When rain begins to fall, we fold up our chairs and head back towards Lake Lodge. We stop to photograph the beautiful meadows of wildflowers near Mount Washburn.
We spot what we suspect is the same grizzly in Hayden Valley and watch in anticipation as he passes through a herd of elk, but he ignores them as they watch him on high alert. As dusk falls, he passes over a hill, so we move down into a lower pull-out along the valley hoping for one final look before calling it a night.
We get more than we bargain for when he not only comes into view but heads straight for us. He meanders along the hill and eventually crosses the road only a few yards away, eventually moving out of sight in the falling light. It is the perfect way to end our Yellowstone Vacation.
Too excited to sleep, we stop of at the Lake Lodge and find an empty table where we play cards and share a few laughs. The place is surprisingly full of people and many different languages can be heard through the large room. When we are finally tired, we pack up our cards and call it a night. In the morning, we will leave through the south entrance and pass through the Grand Tetons before finally returning to the hustle and bustle of city life.