Yellowstone Part 2

Trip Start Jun 05, 2009
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The lower loop of the park is more about the geysers and geological features (the raison d'etre for the park) than animal spotting, although we saw plenty of both. Somehow, without checking at the ranger station as instructed, we managed to arrive at Old Faithful just before a scheduled eruption (they can predict pretty accurately give or take 10 mins). I’ve seen geysers before in New Zealand, but this one is a bit special, given the history of the National Parks etc. The Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior pool are every bit as wonderful as I’d hoped, although it was a bit chilly today so there was some steam obscuring the view. Our afternoon route skirted the beautiful Yellowstone Lake, glittering in the sun with snow-capped mountains on the horizon. We continued our hunt for a grizzly in vain, although we did spend a few minutes looking very hard at a crease in the far hillside that one had disappeared behind for a snooze (according to the ranger that was keeping an eye on him). We were surprised that most of the animals we had seen so far were singletons, but this afternoon we saw great herds of buffalo, including little ginger calves, and more groups of elk.

It started to cloud over as we headed down out of Yellowstone towards Jackson. This was a bit disappointing as we couldn’t get a very good look at the Tetons, but it didn’t spoil the view of the Lupine Meadows – a mass of blue-purple lupins and yellow daisy/sunflower type flowers. Jackson is a great little town - quite upmarket, which is a shock to the system but does at least mean that there is decent coffee to be had. I’m going to stay here for a rest day after I’ve dropped Mum and Dad at the airport tomorrow.
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