After that we finished by driving around the entire lake (I fell asleep :( ) and then ate dinner and went to see Conan the Barbarian, fulfilling a silly dream of mine to go to a movie in the States. It was a pretty terrible movie, but the eyecandy was nice.
Then Thursday was a lot of driving... We cleared all of Nevada and made it to Pocatello, Idaho in time for dinner. Friday was MORE driving, a brief stop in Island Park (?) where the general store/bar we stopped at had a fenced house next door whose fence sign read "The fence outside this house is not a bathroom for dogs or humans!". I looked into the yard cuz they had a cardboard sailing ship set up, and was terribly amused watching one of their chickens chase dragonflies.
Made it to the Montana entrance of Yellowstone National Park around... I guess 12:30? We got to Old Faithful about 1:20 and it had just finished erupting. It began again at 2:25, and finished spewing about 20 minutes later. We ate lunch there and we had planned on going around to some of the other geysers nearby, but decided that it was getting too late and so we just headed out instead. We did do a tour of Firehole Lake, and a set of waterfalls, and then drove north up past the Mammoth hot springs and exited on the south Montana exit through Roosevelt gate. I saw a buffalo trundling up one of the mountain paths we drove, and several elk herds.
Made it to Great Falls VERY late. We tumbled into bed very shortly after reaching the hotel at 11:45. Left the next morning with a brief stop at Target for mint M&M's (no luck; anyone wanna mail me some?) and at the visitor's centre, and then we were on our way. Crossed the border just before noon, and I was home at 7:30 :3
It was a wonderful vacation despite the many personal issues I had (some things you just shouldn't know about your parents, especially what they may or may not sleep in) but I am very glad to be home :3