We slept in and took it slow this morning, the long days in the park have taken their toll. A lone bunny stopped by while we had breakfast. Caught up on a few things, packed the car and were in our way a bit after 11am.
It's been another picture perfect day, sunny with a few fluffy clouds and warm if not hot; mostly in the low 20's.
As on previous days we got stopped for a wee bit at the black bear jam. Just the male up high at the same spot as the other day. Then a little further we were again stopped for an adult male black bear, the mummy bear and her babies from the other day who had moved along. They were well up in the hill side for he most part then the bigger male came down making for some great pics.
Heading for the west gate we saw a big crowd gathered. All we could see was the carcass of maybe a deer with crows picking it over just below the road beside a river. We spoke to an older Canadian gentleman who had been getting ready to fish when he saw a coyote at the carcass. The one was joined by two others but they had all been scared when a lot of people stopped to look. We had missed it by only a few minutes.
We stopped for lunch by a river not far from the west gate. Once out of the park we briefly went through the town of West Yellowstone heading for Bozeman. It wasn't long before the road wandered back into the park for a few miles then back out again.
Up through Big Sky Montana passing ranches, through forests and beside small streams where rubber clad fishermen fished. The temps were dropping and the dark clouds gathered threatening rain.
About forty minutes out light rain fell but soon cleared and we had blue sky again. Once out of the forests it opened up, big wide plains, some with crops others with horses or cattle.
Through the big town of Bozeman and just after five we arrived at Howlers Inn. It's gorgeous, our room the setting and of course the wolves. From our room we can sit and watch them. We dropped our gear and went straight to the wolf enclosures. Two of them came straight to us and pressed against the fence for some petting, so awesome. We spent an hour with them taking heaps of pics before heading to Bozeman for dinner at Burger Bobs.
Back at Howlers Inn we checked the pens but nothing was visible in the dark. Back in our room we found if we put the bathroom light on we could see them through the bedroom window, the little one in with Comanche was smoking and trying to get him to play but he wasn't having it, happy to just lie back.
We had a shower, did some catching up on line and called it a night, it's an early breakfast tomorrow.