Day 2 A couple of patterns are emerging on this trip: fairly quiet mornings followed by exciting afternoons. Though we’re not seeing a high volume of animals, our days are punctuated by great encounters with more elusive species. If the whole week goes this way, it will be pretty remarkable. Unlikely, but a boy can dream. Yesterday was a perfect example of the way things have gone. The morning drive out to the NW corner of the park–Upper Terrace Drive, Swan Lake Flat, Sheepeater Cliff, Boundary Road–offered little in the way of excitement.We lunched at the Yellowstone Picnic Area before returning to the Lamar Valley. Finally, we had an excuse to stop. A sizable herd of pronghorn was in the middle of the valley near the Institute. Large herds of bison grazed nearby. The golden cottonwoods on the valley floor provided a nice backdrop for photos, and the pronghorns were active. Two bucks spent the majority of their time rounding up females, pursuing them with amorous intentions and occasionally getting in a tussle with each other. Continue reading “Max’s Fall Trip Report, Days 2 & 3: September 24 & 25”
The Hoodoo Basin, in the northeast part of the park, is beautiful but remote. From the Soda Butte hikers’ trailhead in the Lamar Valley, it takes around 17 miles of hiking up the Lamar River and Miller Creek, and then a 2,000 foot climb and an additional six miles or so to reach the actual Hoodoos. It’s beautiful country, and not seen by many people. Over the six days I was on the Miller Creek trail and exploring the Hoodoo Basin beyond, I saw two backpacking couples and one horse party. And for one three-day period, while I was on the most remote part of the route, I didn’t see anybody at all. Continue reading “Trip Report – YNet Discussion Forums”
A big thank you to all on YNET for making our trip to GTNP & YNP (24th May – 13th June) so much fun and productive. The trip report is going to take me a bit longer, hence posting some photos from our trip. I am a novice crawling up the hugh learning curve of photography, and I can’t ever see myself having time to look at editing photos so what you see is what you get! Going back to GTNP & YNP armed with a bit more knowledge and a tiny bit more know how made learning all the more fun. Managing to actually get photos with my camera on manual the whole time was such a thrill, I have decided the auto dial should be deleted!
by GeorgiaPhotog on Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:33 am Day 9 – June 16, 2012 – Saturday: Click here to read the complete forum thread We slept better during the night. Our cabin cooled down with the windows left open. We still haven’t run the heater and never would during our 4-night stay at Canyon. We were up early and out in Hayden Valley by 5AM. We stopped at Alum Creek hoping to get some sunrise photos but there was a huge amount of fog hanging low over the valley. As we were standing there we heard a group of wolves howling in the distance. That sent chills down our spines, in addition to the chills just from being so darn cold!A little artistic treatment on this one:
After the sun was up and starting to break through the fog, we started to head towards Grizzly Overlook but I spotted a coyote and immediately turned around back to Alum Creek since he was headed that way. We got well in front of him and captured some photos as he came right towards us, then he turned and walked out through the sagebrush. We drove around a few times but there was nothing else stirring in the valley. Continue reading “Our first Trip Report – June 16th – Day 9 (Forum Post)”
Day 1 – Arrived thru the east entrance out of Cody around 4pm. Saw a momma and baby moose about 5 miles past the entrance, a grizzly just west of Sylvan lake and a black at Tower. Time for Bed!
Day 2 – Vicki and I Met Bruce Gourley and Ken Drury and his daughter for a hike to Mystic Falls this Morning. The weather was a pain because it rained, then the sun came out, then rained, etc. Afterwards we all went to Canyon for lunch, only to find out the thunderstorm knocked out the power, so we made do with what we had in our cars. We then drove over to Tower, stopping along the way to see if we could spot any wildlife, which we didn’t. We parted company there and headed back to the Lake for a late afternoon nap. That evening in S. Hayden, it hailed like crazy for 5-10 minutes. We drove north and stopped at Grizzly Overlook and saw 2 black Canyon wolves in the distance. Continue reading “Trip Report – (YNet Discussion Fourms)”