Thursday, November 3, 2016

2016-08-27 to 29, Yellowstone 2

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?)

2016-08-27 to 29, DAYs 24 to 26
Yellowstone National Park
Distance Walked: 13.2 miles / 21.2 Km
Elevation gain: 1,344 feet / 409.7 meters
Distance this trip on Subaru Outback 2,954 miles / 4754 Kilometers
US $. --  Food 109.     Petrol 0.     Lodging 0.     Fees 0.     Misc. 0. 

We have 4 days off in the middle of our 2 week volunteer sting at the Museum of the National Park Ranger in Yellowstone.  Norman’s Step Mother Kathy and her sister Eileen visited during 3 of those days. 
This shot shows one of the areas where the 1988 fires burned through and the new growth since then.  In the background is the remnants of a single lodgepole pine still standing.
Below is a photo of someone who irritated a bison.  The bison was only irritated, not really mad.  How can you tell? Simple, the pick-um-up is stil drivable!
Geyser vent.  At one of the many small hot spots (Mud Volcano) throughout the park
A geyser under a pool of water emitting steam makes the water look like it is boiling.  Again, this is at Mud Volcano.
Three swans feeding in the Yellowstone River in the Hayden Valley
  The lower falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River as seen from Artist Point.  This photo is from late in the day.
  Looking down the canyon late in the evening
The upper falls on the Yellowstone
Distant hot spot in the lower Hayden Valley is evident from the plume of steam rising to the thermocline in the early morning.  Upper right side, just right of center.  Lower Hayden Valley

Sunrise.  Colorful sunrises and sunsets are often resultant from volcano eruptions, meteor strikes, forest fires, or very turbulent weather.  This one is from forest fires.

One day an old bison walked out into the Yellowstone river, turned around 3 times, layed down and died.  it didn’t take long for this grizzly bear to find the carcass and start feeding.  He would eat for a while, go lay down on the bank and sleep, then get up and eat some more.  At one point he had to fight off two other bears that tried to steal the bison from him.  He fed on that bison for the better part of a week.
A bison swims the Yellowstone River.  For such a big animal, not much sticks above the water!

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in early morning light.

The upper falls in the morning sun.

Browsing Bighorn Sheep in the Lamar Valley north of the Canyon area.

  Forest fire north of the Lamar Valley

Back to work in the museum in the morning.

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