7/29/19 – Monday
Since Justin had spent the day before driving, we figured a day in town would be good. Thus we all went to visit the Grizzly and Wolf Center. Since we never saw any grizzlies, coyotes or wolves during the rest of our Yellowstone visit, I’m really glad we did.
They are a non-profit rehab and educational center. They had different grizzlies on view throughout the day, plus wolves, raptors, coyotes and ground squirrels.
We drove to the Diamond P Ranch around 4:30 pm, after resting at our condos. John and I had made reservations for us all (except Joe who wasn’t interested) to go on a horse ride. Gabe was not happy with the thought, so we went there to let both kids give it a try. Us four adults had ridden at least once before. Gabe was not even about to go near that horse, much less touch a horse, so that made the decision to cancel his ride easy. Lily was excited, loved petting the horse, then got on. She was sure grinning at the end of her 5 minutes. Our rides were reserved for Wednesday but this was our last chance to cancel anyone without penalty. Fortunately, because Joe didn’t want to ride a horse either, it befell him to babysit Gabe when the rest of us had our ride.
After all that excitement, we went to the Branch Restaurant to celebrate my birthday and Justin/Jamie’s Anniversary, (yes, where the Oregon Short Line rail car rests – thus the rest of our family could walk through it too).
We finished the day with pool time for the kids, hot tub for John and I.