Daily Archives: September 19, 2015

Elk Chili

After eating canned soup for two nights previously, the Grant’s Village Restaurant near our campsite in Yellowstone was a welcome treat. When I walked in and saw a sign saying that the night’s special was elk chili, I immediately knew what I was going to get. It turns out, I made a great choice. Unlike Campbell’s, the chili was not too thin, nor was it gloppy. It was advertised as having “just enough cayenne pepper to heat up a cool fall evening,” and they were right. I didn’t even notice the spice until I paused for a second to let it sink in. It was enough to make me reach for my water, but after a minute it didn’t even bother me. If no one had told me that it was made of elk, I don’t think I would have even realized that it wasn’t beef. But because I was paying attention, I could tell that the meat was slightly more tangy.

The bowl was large enough that I couldn’t finish it, and kept some for lunch the next day. It was still good, although the beans became a bit rubbery. The warmth obviously fades, but the heat doesn’t.

This chili was fantastic, especially compared to Skyline.

Yellowstone

September 18-20.  We arrived in Yellowstone in the middle of a thunder snowstorm, and ended the day pulling a trailer over the Continental Divide and on to a dark, potholed road covered with slush and monster RVs creeping along at 5 mph.  We crawled into our bunks and awoke to 25 degree weather, a pattern which persisted for our whole time there.  Since our trailer probably has an R-value of 1.3, we started keeping our clothes in our beds, pulling them on in the morning, and then jumping into the truck to find a warm restaurant until the sun heated the park.

Greta was amazed by the variety of things and experiences at Yellowstone – big landscapes, wildlife (bison everywhere, often causing traffic jams), geysers, waterfalls, tourists, architecture – but no bears (although a grizzly had been spotted in our campground the day before we arrived).

The snowstorm as we drove in on September 18.

The snowstorm as we drove in on September 18.DSCF8063

Isa Lake, which sits right on the Continental Divide, and which drains to both the Atlantic and Pacific

Isa Lake, which sits right on the Continental Divide, and which drains to both the Atlantic and Pacific

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Geyser field by Old Faithful

Geyser field by Old Faithful

Practicing safe bison selfies

Practicing safe bison selfies

Castle Geyser

Castle Geyser

Dunraven Pass

Dunraven Pass

Bison everywhere

Bison everywhere

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

The famous Honda Hot Springs

The famous Honda Hot Springs

Yellowstone Lake at sunset

Yellowstone Lake at sunset

Very large elk, which we pleased was behind a big log fence.  However, the next day we saw him hop that same fence quite easily.

Very large elk, which we pleased was behind a big log fence. However, the next day we saw him hop that same fence quite easily.

Hayden Valley, where many wildlife enthusiasts with big telescopes gather to watch animals very far away across the river

Hayden Valley, where many wildlife enthusiasts with big telescopes gather to watch animals very far away across the river

Norris Geyser Field

Norris Geyser Field

Norris Geyser Field

Norris Geyser Field

Norris Geyser Field

Norris Geyser Field

Elk in the center of Mammoth Hot Springs.

Elk in the center of Mammoth Hot Springs.

Mammoth Hot Springs from above.

Mammoth Hot Springs from above.

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

below Gibbon Falls

below Gibbon Falls