Yellowstone - Different Route - More Wildlife
Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
6Trip End Sep 16, 2012
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Did you know that prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose?
Jim wrote the bulk of this posting . . . Connie added a few extra touches. Here is our perception of today's happenings at YNP . . . Of course,
Yesterday we were at Mammoth Hot Springs in the NW corner of Yellowstone, and if you look
close at the picture
you’ll see a great photo of him on the lawn before he laid down for his morning nap..
This evening there was a blip on the TV about kids being chased by a bison at YNP today . . . so we need to include some safety information. All Yellowstone animals are Wild Animals and are dangerous. Approaching any Yellowstone animal is dangerous and irresponsible. When entering the park everyone is given a written Wildlife Warning . . . 'Yellowstone animals are not tame. Many park visitors have been gored by buffalo and elk. Big as they are, they can sprint three times faster than you can run. Keep your distance
While we were at Georgetown Lake we caught a nice batch of trout of which most of them headed back with the coffee crew to be smoked… I had in a bucket the last 6 that were caught on our last trip out and the rest of the gang headed out of town before I had the chance to clean them and get them with the batch to be smoked… I’m guessing there were at least 60 this year… the count last year was 80… So I cleaned the last group a few nights ago before we broke camp and tonight we got out of Yellowstone early enough to get them on the Barby…. We were only able to eat half of them so we’ll have more for tomorrow night…. Gosh they were good…
Today we traveled a different route thru the park . . . starting at Canyon Village http://www.nps.gov/features/yell/interactivemap/canyon.htm then on to Tower-Roosevelt http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/ntower.htm and returning home thru Mammoth Hot Springs http://mms.nps.gov/yell/features/mammothtour/index.htm. We saw a lot more Elk, Bison, Antelope and various birds… we traveled where
Last evening we chatted with our camp ground hosts sharing war stories about being camp hosts… they are (both couples) interested in our time at Golden Spike http://www.nps.gov/gosp/index.htm and Bonneville Fish Hatchery http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/visitors/bonneville_hatchery.asp as both of these postings were doing something different than dealing with the public, cleaning toilets and holding hands of those who never should have owned an RV in the first place… and of course we’d like to spend a month or two here in their place here to have the run of Yellowstone and the Madison River drainage system ...
All in all, a great day in the neighborhood as Mr. Rogers used to say…Cheers! Wish you were here to share this wonderful journey! Jim & Connie