Really. So there is almost no cell service in the entire park. That means if you need to contact someone, you have to go to the very few places where you can even get a hint of a signal. Or, if you are staying at a hotel, you have to pay a fee for internet service and communicate that way. For someone like me who needs internet to work while traveling, you are pretty much out of luck.
You can also imagine how difficult it is for a group of multiple people to contact one another and make plans. One day, I even left the park to drive to West Yellowstone to catch up on email. Otherwise, I like the park campground, even if they don't have electric service. It is MUCH easier to do without power since I have good house batteries and a generator than it is to do without communication.
This is check-in at Madison Campground.
My campsite in Madison. Would you believe that while I could not send a text message, I got TV one day while I was running my generator to charge my batteries?
Not quite my style of camping, but I am guessing these people are backpackers.
I have never seen a bear around, but unless you have a hard-sided RV, you are required to keep all food in a bear box.
I am posting these photos of wildflowers, but it may take me a while to identify them all. Suggestiond and corrections are welcome. I believe this one is Lewis' Flax.
An aster of some sort??
I think this is a Meadow Anemone.
The stagecoach driver told us that the root of this spiky plant is edible and saved the life of a lost hiker once, but I can't remember the name. Found it! This is Elk Thistle or Evert's Thistle. See this article that says b0tyoth the stem and roots are edible: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ipnf/learning/?cid=fsm9_019148
I am pretty sure this is Shrubby cinquefoil. FLower and plant match photos online.