As I mentioned in Part 1, we got into Yellowstone late in the day. After we drove around to see the wildlife, we set out to see as much as possible in the Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon Village areas before dark (we were sleeping on the other side of the park and knew we wouldn't be driving back to these areas).
[Here's a link to the park map. If you want to follow along, we came into the park from the northeast entrance, spotted wildlife all along the drive to the area near Tower-Roosevelt, continued to explore through the Canyon Village area, then drove all the way to the Old Faithful area to sleep.]
It was a beautiful drive through the park as the sun set, watching the sky change colors and to see the light reflecting in the mountain ranges. We managed to see: the Petrified Tree, Tower Fall, Calcite Springs, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and the Lower and Upper Falls of the Yellowstone.
It was a whirlwind few hours! Once it was too dark to see anything else, we made our way to the other side of the park where our cabin was...
Speaking of our cabin, we were lucky to get it. We had planned to camp in Yellowstone, hoping to claim one of the sites that can't be reserved in advance. After our camping experience in the Bighorn National Forest, we knew our camping gear wouldn't keep us warm enough in the even colder temps expected during our night at Yellowstone. A frantic call to the Yellowstone reservation office later, we got THE LAST remaining cabin for the night (everything books up well in advance, as expected). We helped offset the extra lodging cost by missing dinner (somehow we forgot to eat before all the lodges closed?) - yay for granola bars!
Most of these photos were taken without appropriate daylight - sorry for the quality!
See more Yellowstone here.