|Ready for a change of pace? Leave Bison Backup behind and head into town.|
Once in Yellowstone, we chose to leave the park one night since we wanted to see what the local folks are doing away from the “bison backup” created by wildlife and tourists. We headed to West Yellowstone, Wyoming one evening for dinner at the Bar N Ranch, about an hour’s drive from the park. It was an amazingly terrific meal in a beautiful, large space. True to its name, it feels like a bar and a ranch, and the food and drinks were a pleasant diversion from National Park food. Of particular note were the Montana strip loin and the blueberry/raspberry crisp (with huckleberry ice cream, of course!). We followed up dinner with a local rodeo that I will not soon forget. I had never been to a rodeo before and I suspect we were the only tourists there. There was a caller, of course, and even a rodeo clown, and we enjoyed the playful competition among cowboys and animals in this authentic atmosphere. Our favorite part was the “Kids’ Scramble” which provided children to enter the ring with smaller cows to try their hand at what may become their future calling! Take a look.