Monday, June 20, 2011

Another Yellowstone Day

It's hard to believe that we were here about 9 months ago....  just before the winter snows fell.  An now that they are clearing here we are again.

Today we concentrated on the Old Faithful Area of the park.  This time around we did some of the less traveled drives and hikes that we did not get last year on our "highlights" tour thru the park.

After a relaxing start to the day, some office work, and a late breakfast, we headed into the park.

It did not take long to hit our first "Bison Jam"
We got this  shot of one wading in the water.

We did a trip down Firehole Canyon road, then made it to Old Faithful just in time to see it blow its top.
Last year I forgot to turn the video camera on - this time I didn't.  
I'm not going to post any pix of it just yet since it was cloudy and the contrast of the steam against the clouds is not all that great.  Tomorrow we will try again and I expect better conditions.

After Old Faithful, we took a couple of the basin hikes, one leading up the mountain side with a great vantage point of the lodge below.

This is a shot of the lodge from across the geyser basin.

This is a stream we crossed on the way up the mountain.

This is another short hike we took in the afternoon just north of the Midway Geyser Basin.

Where does a bison walk?

Any damn place he wants to.

This is actually a common site in the park.

Todays self portrait.

The above was taken with my 35mm SLR.  I'm going to try and use it more for the self portraits.  Its a bunch heavier than Kates point and shoot but does take nicer pix.

Tomorrow:  Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden valley.

In search of Bear, Wolves, Elk, and wild Doodles.

For wild kingdom - Greg & Kate signing off for now.

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