Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Yellowstone National Park - It's Beautiful But...

WAY TOO CROWDED!  Every time we drove into the park we would make the comment, "It's beautiful, but..."  We've learned from the locals to come in May or mid-late September to avoid the crowds.  We did manage to see most of the park and even get off the beaten path on a few hikes.  There's really not much to say about the beauty of the park (it is breath taking in areas) so I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Old Faithful

The Buffalo love to walk down the middle of the road - we would call this "Buffalo Backup" as traffic gets quite backed up from the wildlife on or near the road.  We would also encounter lots of "Elk Backup".
kayaking on Yellowstone Lake

the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Fisherman Paul - we met him on this hike to the Yellowstone River and tagged along once we heard about a grizzly spotting on the trail - he had 2 cans of bear spray!

Cliff and Wade Lakes, Montana - kayaking, fishing and serenity

Island Park, Idaho - Ashley (our neighbor in West Yellowstone) gave us great tips about Cliff and Wade Lakes as well as this area for Moose spotting.  My cousin, Lamar, tried so hard to find a moose for us in Maine but with no luck (they all seemed to hide while we were there).  Ashely hooked us up!  We saw 3 cows with their calves.

Tom paddling away from the moose crossing the river right in front of us!

Tomorrow we head to the Grand Tetons for a few days.  We're excited to visit Amy Brummit, a woman we climbed Kilimanjaro with in 2009.  Then we visit Barb & Joe Clark near Ogden, Utah for several days before heading to Arches, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Moab.  Fun times ahead!

Til next time...Happy Trails!

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