Bear cubs, bear familes... bear sex!

Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Friday, June 15, 2012

A day of mainly driving was not an appealing though but necessary to make it to Yellowstone National Park by the afternoon, with a stop in at the Grand Teton National Park.

The Grant Tetons were some impressive mountains. Mostly, though, I will remember this park as the first place I ever saw a bear. First I saw a brown bear club walking around the bush. It was so cute and looked so soft - I wanted to cuddle it but instead kept a safe distance so I wouldn't have to meet my insides.

Not long after this sighting we saw a family of grizzly bears. They were further away and busy digging around the ground. I tried to get some good photos but they were a bit far for my camera. There were a bunch of people there with these crazy expensive looking cameras about the size of a small child... they obviously aren't backpackers.

We drove through the Grand Teton National Park and entered Yellowstone National Park. We stopped and waited for the famous Geyser called Old Faithful to erupt. I was impressed by the power of the eruption. Then we stopped and looked at a whole bunch of other geysers (with various names I didn't care about) during sunset. I recommend for anyone visiting this park to take photos of the geysers during sunset... it is amazing the amount of difference it makes to your photos.  Oh and as for the smell, they smell kind of like boiled eggs. A smell that made Joy sick but didn't bother me.

We stayed at West Yellowstone in Montana, which would be the 6th state in our short road trip. The next day we saw a few herds of bison (buffalo), some elk (none of which attacked this time), deer and best of all two black bears having sex... yep I've seen it all now! And yes I did feel somewhat like a pervert...

We also checked out some more geysers including one that was thick like paint as it bubbles (most are clear pools of turquoise water).

Tanya, who has been to Yellowstone a few times, was very disappointed this time. She said it was drying out and losing its beauty. I believe her. Also, she said there was a lot more wildlife in the past. It saddens me that such a famous place is losing what it is famous for, its natural beauty and it makes me wonder why. It also makes me wonder about other places we've seen this trip and what they looked like 20 years ago.
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