Yellowstone - Different Route - More Wildlife

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
Trip End Sep 16, 2012

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Baker's Hole Campground

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Greetings from Baker's Hole Campground in West Yellowstone! 

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, Rowdy sends his greetings!  He is becoming quite the traveling dog, and yes we added his water dish to our check list!

Yesterday we were at Mammoth Hot Springs in the NW corner of Yellowstone, and if you look
close at the picture you’ll see behind the wheel chair ramp a nice set of antlers.   The bull elk that belongs to these antlers has a little history ….  It seems that his harem of cows, which numbers about 4 or 5 is only 50-75 ft away chewing on the lawn…  if you attempt to walk between him and his harem he’ll be happy to come out of hiding and try to run you down…  and if you drive between him and his ladies he’ll ram your car with that rack…. At least that’s the case 3 times today alone… he has a real attitude…  and if you look at some of the other photo’s below
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 - You must stay at least 100 yards (91m) away from bears and wolves, and 25 yards (23m) from all other animals.  Do not feed or approach wildlife, including birds.'  In photographing these wonderful animals Jim & I use zoom lenses to get those spectacular closeup shots that you see in our slide shows.  We have two Canon Digital EOS cameras and usually Jim is sporting one, Connie the other. This allows us to get the shot while staying a safe distance away.

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 then on to Tower-Roosevelt and returning home thru Mammoth Hot Springs  We saw a lot more Elk, Bison, Antelope and various birds…  we traveled where last time we saw wolves, bears, and a fox or two… that of course was in the spring and there was still snow on the ground… Where we watched with the spotting scope (60x Swarovski) last year and seeing those animals we didn’t see any so far this year… 

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 and Bonneville Fish Hatchery 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  ... I’m more than a little miffed in myself for not bringing my fly fishing gear…  when we were here in the spring it was so cold, yet they were catching fish… and today on the Madison we must have seen at least 75 fishermen working the stream…  we stopped and chatted with 2 of them… one was wearing a badge from New York…  he’s a licensed guide there…  and has to display the badge when he takes clients out for hunting and fishing in New York but he was excited to say that New York has nothing compared to the Madison River drainage as it flows through the park and out through MT…..

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

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Kelly Caddy on

Beautiful Country we live in and thank you for sharing.

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