Sunday, June 20, 2010

We're Back

The past week we've been visiting our two local National Parks with old friends who had never been to Yellowstone or the Tetons. We seldom get to the Parks in early June because it's too cold, and this year was no exception. While we were not snowed on, we did get a bit of rain and cold. One night it got to 27, which is a bit crisp when you're camping. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful time.

Every trip to Yellowstone includes Old Faithful! The best place to see Old Faithful is from the roof top porch of the Old Faithful Inn. It's far from the crowds and the view is just as good if you were at the cone of the geyser.

It also means a ride through the Hayden Valley (aka, America's Serengeti). We were treated to one of the largest bison herds I've ever seen in the Park. And, there were lots of calves. This time of year, the calves are light brown and full of energy...except when they are being leaned on by their mother!

We did see 2 black bears, a big-horn ram, moose, deer, elk, golden and bald eagles, and of course the bison. I had never seen a Big Horn Ram at this park, so he was a real treat.

The baby bisons were too cute! This little guy was trailing behind his mother, but she was constantly looking back to see where he was.Then there was this big guy...looks likes he singing? Maybe he's just happy not to be freezing! I liked the expression on his face and I was able to get a picture of it...amazing how that worked out.

Artist Point is a must see for any first time visitor to the Park. I don't think you can take a bad picture from here. 

This is Tower Falls. It's been a wet winter, so all the streams and waterfalls were full, making them even prettier than usual.
Our last stop was the Tetons. If you have been reading my blog, you know how much I love the Tetons. Here's yet another picture of this tiny mountain range that has my heart!

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