The Yellowstone Round-Up
Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
53Trip End Jun 16, 2007
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What a difference a day makes . . . Friday, mostly cloudy with snow; Saturday - mostly sunny and warm. Friday - practically had the park to myself; Saturday - the tourist hordes have arrived - yikes!
I wish the weather had been better earlier in the week before the Memorial Day crowds descended but overall it's been great. I've made the round of the three bars that you can smoke in; drank for free - Brenda you'd be proud of me; and even had dinner bought for me twice. Guess, I'd cute after all . . . or there just isn't a lot of competition ; )
I ran into Bob and Betty again, the following day
A few final thoughts on Yellowstone:
Geysers in general: A feast for the senses and if you have gas, no one will notice. The sulfur and other noxious odors mask anything you could put out. The sounds of gurgling, burbling, and pfsts abound - much like a case of bad indigestion. The variety and colors seem endless, black cauldrons in a bleak landscape to steam fumaroles in a lush pasture to spring mounds in a log pine forest. There also seems to be a lot of buffalo poo in the thermal areas - humans must stay on the walks though.
Animals I've seen:
· Coyote - like that's new
· Mule Deer - also in abundance
· Big Horn Sheep & her lamb
· Unita Squirrels
· Trumpeter Swans
· Bald Eagle
· Canadian Geese & their babies
· Various smaller birds including sparrows, bluebirds, robins, etc
I wrote this a couple days ago: Buffalo everywhere - they are most accommodating in having their picture taken and cause quite the "wildlife jam" on the roads as the herds meander along and across them. I came across a heard at 5:30 this morning in the middle of the road while it was still dark. Since the Little Guy and I weigh about the same as one Buffalo, I was afraid to try and pass them. They were in any hurry to move so we sat there staring at each other until a ranger came by and moved them along.
Now, I'm sick to death of buffalo. They are a pain in the butt and cause numerous traffic jams. Of course, it could be the tourists that are driving me crazy. 90% are great: considerate, friendly, follow the park rules, etc. It's the 10% that are either assholes or idiots: stop in the middle of the road if they see wildlife (i.e. buffalo, geese, etc.) instead of pulling over to the side, loud & obnoxious, rude, don't following the rules (i.e. stay on the trails, stay the proper distance from the WILD animals, etc.)
The restaurants and most concessions in the Park are run by a company called Xanterra
Tonight's my last evening as I leave at the crack of dawn tomorrow to beat the crowds out and go to Helena to pick up the part for my car that I ripped off at Little Big Horn. I'll get an oil change while I'm at it. From Helena it's off to Calgary, Alberta, then Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper Canada National Parks and then Edmonton. From Edmonton I head off to the greater wilderness.