she's not an outdoors person at all... but she's want to do some site seeing. After a quick discussion about how we could do it we decided I would go with some friends strictly fishing and scout out some attractions that we could do together. So now I'm kinda planning 2 MT trips!
So.... start the flood of information, I need to sift through it all and figure out what I want.
A few thoughts that will help ensure that you have future opportunities like this...
I have visited the YNP region four times over the past 10 years (2007, 2010, 2013, & 2016). All trips were with my wife and in some instances others. I have been the only person with "Fish on the Brain" on these trips. As such, "Balance" has been a critical element to my success. By success, I mean, we just got back last week and we are already starting to scope out our next trip in three to four years which will include Glacier NP and Northeast YNP in our itinerary. I can spend hours feeding you information about my approach, lessons learned, etc. Hutch and others can tell you similar and differing ideas... I really comes down to what do you and your spouse want to do while you are there. Next car ride get her to do a brain dump of what interests she has while in the Montana/YNP (Yellowstone National Park) regions... Then prioritize or set some assumptions (such as budget, region, top priorities for the trip, etc.)... Seriously, unless you have a month of vacation to devote while you are out there, you will not be able to do everything you want to do...
With regard to YNP:
* Does she want to view certain animals in the wild? Bison, Elk, Coyote, Moose & Prong Horn should be easy to find. Black Bear, Grizzly, Wolf, Big Horn Sheep will required some additional time and effort, but can be accomplished.
* Does she want to spend time at Mammoth Hot Springs? If so, anticipate half a day between travel and walking the boardwalks.
* Does she want to visit Old Faithful and walk the boardwalk to get an opportunity to view other geysers? If so, expect AT LEAST a half day to a full day, possibly more.
* Does she want to check out Norris Basin?
* Does she want to check out West Thumb off from Yellowstone Lake?
* Does she want to go into the Canyon and get the various views of the falls? A person could spend anywhere from half to two full days hiking to the various viewing spots in the canyon.
* Does she want to travel down towards Jackson and check out the views of the Tetons?
As far as fishing goes, my next trip will likely be an early to mid Sept trip and focus on the following rivers in this priority: 1) Slough Creek, 2) Yellowstone River (in the park, too far to travel between the Park and Livingston to get tot he big fish), 3) Lamar River. If I could get out there in late July, I would like to get over tot he Madison (outside the Park)....
Let me know if you would like to connect, I can share many photos from past visits as well as lessons learned.
It is too bad we can't have a TU meeting or something like that where we have a panel that presents on YNP and surrounding and each person provides a 10-15 minute overview.
Have an awesome day..
- ZG -