A Day in Yellowstone
West Yellowstone, Montana: We spent nearly
ten hours in
Yellowstone National Park today. Visiting the park at this time of year
means many roads are yet to open and there is a lot of snow, but visitors are
rewarded with active wildlife and a lot of new babies!
Staying close to Mother
We found large herds of bison in several locations today
Bison Summer Camp?
We drove the Grand Loop in the clock-wise direction. Between
Madison and Norris, we saw a female coyote with four pups and then heard her
mate across the road. The male was so large, we thought at first he was a
wolf! We see coyotes every week at home in Oregon, but our neighborhood
version look like weenies compared to these Yellowstone monsters.
Female coyote - she had four pups
The male, watching for the female
They started calling to each other!
The canines were eventually reunited, and all was well with
the natural world.
We stopped at all the waterfalls and basically any turnout or
view-point that was open. More photos:
Magnificent Upper Falls on the Yellowstone River. This gorge - carved into
rhyolitic lava flows -
is 1000 feet deep, up to 4000 feet across and 20
Beautiful marshy meadow
Continuing on our route, we noticed a large amount of cars parked on a
bluff. The gathered tourists were all watching a small adult Grizzly Bear dine on
voles/mice/rodents in the shrubs. Again, apologizes for blurry photos. A
girl just doesn't want to get too close to a bear. I stayed near the car,
and a few of these photos were snapped by My Driver with his 300mm lens:
Note to self:
get a braver husband buy a bigger lens.
We found a nice turn-out on the shore of Yellowstone Lake to enjoy our
picnic lunch. Dave brought folding chairs from the back of the Honda, and we
dined on sandwiches (better than voles/mice/rodents?) while enjoying this
absolutely amazing view of the still-frozen lake, across to the Absaroka
Even better? With all the snow in the park, temperatures were in the
high 60's! We didn't need a jacket all day.
What visit to Yellowstone is complete without watching
Old Faithful visitor area (sans a zillion tourists)
I don't think Old Faithful is as faithful as she was previously, and when
she erupted today, Old Faithful merely "burped" - it was one of smallest
splays I can recall in the dozen or so I have witnessed.
Still, a thing of wonderment and beauty - even when witnessing the miracle
with hundreds of strangers. By the way, if you want to visit China, I would
advise you go now. Everyone single person from China is in Yellowstone
Blue Star Spring - near Old Faithful
Bubbling pool near Old Faithful
A certain little fellow we know in Los Angeles may have scored
several new items for his little plastic critter collection:
Goodness, we just can't wait until we can bring Leo to
Until my next update, I remain, your grizzly correspondent.
Yellowstone Grizzly RV
Park - We have a super-long gravel pull-through site with full hook-ups
and 50 amp electric service. Cable TV, free wifi, bath house, laundry, dump
station, recycling, walk to town. We are paying $45 per night with our Good
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