Sunday, October 2, 2016

2016-08-21 to 26, Yellowstone 1

2016 - The Big Trip West

-To visit all the places and National Parks we have lived throughout the western USA and all the friends that have scattered. For under US $50. per day? (Average?)

2016-08-21 to 26, DAYs 18 to 23
Yellowstone National Park

Distance Walked: 26.3 miles / 42.3 Km
Elevation gain: 1,584 feet / 482.8 meters
Distance this trip on new Subaru Outback 2638 miles / 4245 Kilometers
US $. --  Food 145.     Petrol 56.     Lodging 0.     Fees 3.     Misc. 0. 

The next two weeks Holly and I are volunteering in Yellowstone.  We will have one day to  move in, one day of orientation, 3 days of work, 4 days off, 4 days of working, and 1 day to move out and clean our dwelling for the next volunteer.

On the way into the park we meet our constant companion for the next two weeks, forest fire smoke.

A light but unmistakable haze was wafting up some of the side valleys to the mountain pass we were enterring from Cody Wyoming.t

At the entrance, we stopped and snapped the obligatory pose with the "Yellowstone" sign next to our trusty Subaru "Tessy"

Bison Jam

We barely bot into the park when we werre stopped by our first animal jam, in this case, a Bison Jam.  I've seen a bison chase a horse down and reduce it to a large number of roast sized chunks. They can hop a six foot (2 meter) fence and run further than a horse.  They aren't easy to agitate, but once irritated, they usually get revenge.

A small part of the Norris Geyser Basin area.  The hazy background is due to the Maple fire.
Nearing sunset looking directly into the sun.  The smoke from the Maple fire is obvious. 
Algal mat on the geyser basin floor
The next morning the smoke is back but blowing due North, past us.

The Museum of the National Park Ranger where we are volunteering for the two weeks around the 100th anniversary of the National Park Seervice

Flock of Canadian Geese from the museum porch

Nothing brings out the color at sunset like a forest fire or volcano eruption.  Of the two, since I am inside the caldera of one of the largest volcanoes in the world, I prefer forest fires!

Grizzly bear cleaning himself close to the river, from a safe distance

Bison in the Hayden Valley in the early morning

Ravens turning buffalo chips over to find grubs outside the Museum of the National Park Ranger

Elk in the late afternoon North of Madison

Another bright and colorful sunset!

Noational Park sites visited so far on this trip:     1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 2. Isle Royale National Park, 3. Pipestone National Monument, 4. Badlands National Park, 5. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 6. Jewel Cave National Monument, 7. Devils Tower National Monument, 8. Yellowstone National Park,