Wildlife, Wildlife and More Wildlife
Trip Start Jul 15, 2009
71Trip End Jun 01, 2010
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Mark: visiting Yellowstone again after about 15 years brought back all the magic I felt when I was there before at age 19-20. Working in Yellowstone was my first journey away from the safety and security of Michigan. It was a wondrous growing experience for me and was such a great time that I have in some ways lived my life as an adventure whenever I can. I was struck in Yellowstone with the memories of how big and possible anything can be. I remember that. I want to continue living my life with that wonderment and intrigue about whatever experience comes my way. There will always be great days, slow days, long days, hard days, silly days and everything and I am excited for all of it.
Hiking in Yellowstone backcountry was also great. I remember the afternoon thunderstorms in the rockies and of course got to experience them again. You haven't lived until you are in the middle of an open high elevation meadow with no trees, flat on your belly, face in the mud, hoping that next lightning strike is not through you. It brings humility back to life, feeling how small each of us is and how quickly this life can be finished. It brings me to life that feeling. It brings me back to the moment where I find the only real truth. that we are all living beings, doing the best we can, living life as fully as we can, and that can only be done in this present moment.
It was good to get up to elevation. Part of the yellowstone trip was to hike at a higher elevation to get a little acclimated to the elevation. we got up over 9000 feet, but the John Muir Trail will average higher than that I believe and we will go up to about 14500 feet. Wow Those hills were tough. It feels good to push it. I can't wait to get into the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
I love the power and mystery of Yellowstone. You never know what you are gonna see, will a geyser erupt, will the wolf make an appearance.
Yes, One of my goals was achieved. I have now seen a wolf running freely in the wild. What incredible creatures. We are so lucky that they have been brought back, reintroduced to the wilds of America. We as a society have done harsh things to our natural world, and eliminating predator species is definitely on that list.
I was excited to wander around and see the spectacular parts of Yellowstone, but of course there are a million other people that want to see them as well. I heard some funny things from parents to children over that time...
From parents coaxing the kids closer to wild animals to get a "better shot" to a mother saying to her son, "that bug has just as much right to live as you do".
It was a great trip. Soon to post more photos and videos.
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