Days 9 & 10

Monday we walked around Deadwood some more. We saw a very impressive model train in the basement of a shop, went in the saloon where Wild Bill was shot, and tried on cowboy hats and wigs. We went back to Saloon 10 and the kids had a sarsaparilla at the bar. Then we drove a very long time to get to Red Lodge, Montana. We stopped to get the oil changed and hung out at a bookstore while we were waiting. We bought 101 Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm to start reading together every night. In Red Lodge, we stayed in a cute roadside motel called the Yodeler Motel. It looked like a Bavarian ski lodge and was over a century old. We ate a great dinner at Bridge Creek, a local restaurant, before calling it a day.

Tuesday we drove the Beartooth Scenic Byway through the mountains into Yellowstone National Park. It was a very beautiful drive even though we were hanging off the side of the mountains most of the way. Grandma was an excellent driver and got us safely to Yellowstone. Our goal was to see a bear in Yellowstone but we never did. Torsten swears he saw a dead one when we were eating a picnic lunch, but the rest of us think it was just a tree. Yellowstone was much bigger than we anticipated, so we spent most of the day driving yet again. We saw lots of bison and even had to wait a couple times for them to take their sweet time crossing the road. We stopped to see the Lower Falls and then drove to Old Faithful. We got there about 1/2 an hour before it erupted. We were tired and hungry after that, so we ate at the cafeteria at Old Faithful before continuing on. We stopped at the Midway Geyser where we could walk right around it on a boardwalk. Then we drove to Livingston, Montana for a night of camping in a cabin. We were exhausted by the time we got there and went right to bed!

Our historic room in Deadwood had the biggest lamp we'd ever seen!
Our historic room in Deadwood had the biggest lamp we’d ever seen!
Waiting for the train in Deadwood
Waiting for the train in Deadwood

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The old elevator at our hotel in Deadwood
The old elevator at our hotel in Deadwood
So cute!
So cute!

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Main Street in Deadwood
Main Street in Deadwood

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Torsten was fascinated by the model train
Torsten was fascinated by the model train
Sitting at the bar
Sitting at the bar
Cool cowgirl
Cool cowgirl
Conquer and Lexi outside the Yodeler Motel
Conquer and Lexi outside the Yodeler Motel
The building we stayed at in Deadwood
The building we stayed at in Deadwood
Mmmm...donut!
Mmmm…donut!

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 Beartooth Mountains
Beartooth Mountains

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My little helper
My little helper

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Conquer was impressed by the mountains
Conquer was impressed by the mountains
Lower Falls at Yellowstone
Lower Falls at Yellowstone
Bison roaming
Bison roaming

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Dinner at Old Faithful
Dinner at Old Faithful

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Picnic at Yellowstone
Picnic at Yellowstone
Waiting in the rain for Old Faithful
Waiting in the rain for Old Faithful

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