The Treasure Hunt in Yellowstone Day Three
We are heading out to Yellowstone Park again today after a great breakfast at our favorite café, The Bugaboo, and another fabulous breakfast in Big Sky. Our aim today is to search in two areas. One will be Grebe Lake where Forrest used to fish every summer. There is a photo in his book with his brother, Skippy, standing next to a rock near a lake. The other will be Tower Falls area. (Water high) We decide to head to Tower Falls first as it is the furthest away. We stop at the souvenir shop there to see where Tower Falls Creek trail starts. (Don’t need a paddle for this creek) As we leave the store we see a black bear up on the hill above Tower Falls. We have just been on that trail to see the falls, so we are feeling rather lucky. Unfortunately some silly people follow the bear with their children. Thankfully the bear was not as silly as they were and went his own way. We are now thinking we are on the right track again. First we see a huge house that is all brown just above the trail head. Yes, we are within reach of the treasure. We hike the trail about a mile to the part where the bridge has been taken out by the water and cross over a dam of logs that has piled up nearby. Well, this looks promising but we don’t see a blaze. We hike further and then get the guys to climb up the side of the mountain to a cave. Nothing! Still do not see anything to resemble a blaze, so we head back with our bear bells and bear spray carefully keeping an eye out around us for bears.
Unfortunately, it is too late to hike the three miles in to Grebe Lake and then back out, so we head out for dinner and a beer. There is a new restaurant called the RVRHOUSE just outside of Big Sky on the river, so we head there and have a relaxing evening before we head home tomorrow.
We did not find the treasure, but we had a wonderful three days and that in it’s self is a treasure to remember and is worth more than gold. We had experiences most people never have and saw amazing country a lot of people are not so lucky to see. We are grateful for the time spent with family and will never forget the treasure hunt!!!
By the way, we have not given up. It is back to the drawing board and planning for the next trip. Maybe it is in Santa Fe? We haven’t been there so that may be our next adventure. Thanks Forrest for the incentive to get out and have a real live treasure hunt!