We drove north along the Wyoming side of Idaho, along the western border of Yellowstone and up the Gallatin River canyons to Kris's friend's place where the canyons open up to cattle range outside of Bozeman. It was mid afternoon along the river and in nearly every bend of the shallow, rocky bottom, flowing river we saw fly fishermen working the water. We never saw one catching a fish. I looked and looked for wildlife. We are in bighorn sheep country. We saw nothing coming up thru the canyons aside one hawk, but as luck would have it, later we decided to eat supper at a steak house way back down the Gallatin near Big Sky. On our way down, it was not long before we saw an animal in the road and a car in the other lane, stopped. As we approached the animal I thought it was some type of deer but when we slowed and had to stop we realized it was a bighorn sheep! It must have scrambled down tbe mountain to our left, crossed the two lanes but stopped at the metal guard rail and was still deciding what to do as it stood in our lane. It had a dirty grayish light colored coat and about 8 inch horns but was adult sized. Once we stopped it jumped the rail and stood there and we would have stayed to watch it but we had just rounded a curve in the road. When we first started up the canyons we saw a sign that said white crosses are placed for car crash deaths. There were white crosses all along both sides of the road, so once the young ram jumped the rail we moved along.
We also saw a bald eagle fishing and two mule deer on this drive! We dined at a place called The Corral. I had a buffalo ribeye and it was pretty good. It was not quite as tender as a beef ribeye but it did not disappoint either.
I have a new app on my phone thT tells the altitude and we are currently at 5,030 feet. It is partly cloudy and chilly out this morning. There are cottonte bunnies across the road and a donkey and a beautiful light brown horse outside the kitchen window. We are not sure what we are doing today but as my hips are as sore as my ankles from our hike two days ago where we descended 2,000 feet in just over an hour.