YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING — Here’s an idea for beating the new god-awful crowds in Yellowstone National Park—get out there early. Super early. Earlier-than-dark-thirty-early.
My old friend Jean Besmehn and I did this on Sunday. I left Livingston at 3:45 to pick her up in Emigrant by 4:15 a.m. Dawn breaks around 5:15 at this time of year. Get up and out! The plan was to head to Lake over Dunraven Pass with a side trip out to Slough Creek to look for wolves. We got to Mammoth by 5-ish and stopped in at the hotel for a pit stop.