The best traveling experience I ever had was my anniversary trip to Yellowstone National Park. This trip was so close to home that I thought it hardly qualified as a “getaway”. However, on a beautiful June day, we headed off to have a 4-day weekend away and celebrate our 10th anniversary.
Growing up in Montana, I’d been to Yellowstone countless times, but this time was going to be special! It was just the right time of year to see so many elk we had to watch where we were going during a hike to avoid disturbing them! We hiked up a steep hill and surveyed the gorgeous landscape. We were at the top of the hill a short time when we decided to head back for dinner and to catch one of the educational lectures by the Park Rangers.
It was on our decent that we came up on an elk that had laid claim to a camp spot and was chasing any careless park “strollers” off her turf.
We burst out laughing when we saw one gentleman get too close to her chosen spot. She reacted fiercely! She grunted at him and began to chase him through the campground! What got us laughing was his response – not only did he take off at a dead run, but he was waving his index finger over his shoulder, pointing at the elk and screaming, “NO! NO! Bad Elk!” There was something hysterical about his response and the elk chasing him. We completely forgot how much danger he was in. Luckily, he ran fast enough to satisfy the new mamma and she returned to her bed to await the birth of her baby. I’ll never forget that walk, that elk, that man, or any part of our trip through Yellowstone!
(Story by Holly A. Childers. Photo credit)