Things You Can Do In 49 Hours, 13 Minutes

You can depart from Seattle on Monday evening, cover 80% of Yellowstone National Park, with Grand Teton National Park thrown in for good measure, and be back in time for Thursday morning’s meeting with 12 hours to spare. We are seriously skilled at road trips.

It’s mating season for the elk and there was much hullaballoo from the males, bugling, rushing at the does, and generally acting like hormonally carbonated animals.

I actually saw TWO sunrises on the trip ~ for a professional-class sleeper such as myself, that alone was an amazing feat. The elk were again bugling, with the Tetons as the backdrop.

We hit all the major highlights of Yellowstone: Norris Geyser Basin, Upper Falls, Fountain Paint Pots, and of course, Old Faithful. I napped on a blanket by the side of the river while Brock stalked osprey and trout with the camera. We saw bison as well as many herds of elk.

Trip stats for those of you keeping score at home

Total trip time: 49 hours, 13 min
Driving time: 30 hours, 43 min
Distance traveled: 1775 miles
Average speed: 58 mph
Fuel efficiency: 27 mpg

Our biggest expense other than fuel? The $9 shower. Extravagant, yes. But well worth it.

No Responses to “Things You Can Do In 49 Hours, 13 Minutes”

  1. rob
    September 19, 2008 at 12:13 am #

    Wooooow thats something else :o)) one day maybe just one day!

  2. bowiechick
    September 18, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    My, my, roadtrips to Yellowstone. One day, I’ll have a bit of what you’ve got – A LIFE! Must sell more boats, must sell more boats….