The other worldliness, and timelessness, of Yellowstone Park always stops me in my tracks. What intense geological forces have created over millennia; the thermal vents, craters, and impossible rock formations are stunning. It takes time to hard to truly process it all.
And then seeing the almost prehistoric bison and other wildlife moving so freely across such a landscape... it makes me so grateful places such as this exist, and feel an urgency to see more of it that keeps me coming back.
There is no better time to see Yellowstone then the end of season when the stifling human crowds dwindle and the animals spread out over the land, taking over in preparation for winter.
And, yet again the animals reminded me it is their park. Two young bison were playing off of the side of a road, well out of the way of the occasional passing car. After waiting a while we ventured by, joking about State Farm commercials and evasive maneuvers. And I am not sure if it was the red rental, or they just decided to show off, but they decided to bring the show onto the road, running straight at us. Some fancy driving on Sarah's part kept us ahead of their massive torsos (and I doubt the bull's really wanted a run in) but you can see their beautiful hooves in the shadow of the car and I was not using zoom!
Safely removed and feeling foolish, we watched them butt heads some more and play in the road. I forget how acclimatized the animals in the park are to humans. It is more unnerving than straight up wild animal as they behave in erratic ways, like bears learning to seek out food at campsites. Nonetheless, another wild life adventure which went well - life in Montana is always an experience!