Yellowstone 2019

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  1. M.Hatfield

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    Eight days in Yellowstone. I will ABSOLUTELY make this trip report work this time! :dblthumb:
     
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    Today we went through Lamar Valley and saw far more then what is shown below. Not pictured was a pair of Grizzlies on top of a bison carcass. Around the kill we also saw a few wolves.

    All of that was seen through a spotting scope so pictures were impossible. Several hundred people were also watching predators around the dead bison.

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    Today we went south to the Old Faithful area. The following are pictures from the 5 mile loop we walked.

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    Spent the first half of today around the house.....

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    Then we went for a ride to a local lake for some bird watching.

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    We outran the rain through the afternoon. Ended up going to the local BBQ spot for food, beer, and bluegrass music.


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    Started today driving south right into a bison jam.

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    Our next couple stops were around the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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    Our southern most point was on the northern shore of Yellowstone Lake.

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    On our way back north we did a 3 mile hike out to Storm Point.

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    The lake was less interesting than the forest.

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    I would guess that half the trees I saw were down or dead from storm damage.

    We stopped again at the river and also at the Mud Volcano.

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    And now I am getting ready for whatever tomorrow will offer.
     
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    Today we started at Norris Geyser basin which was real crowded.

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    Not shown in this last picture are the thousands of people behind me also taking this picture.

    The best surprise for the day was the giant herd of elk we happened to see.

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    In this herd I saw several hundred females, two mature males, a handful of juvenile males, and several dozen young ones still nursing from Mom.
     
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    Our last day, yesterday started with a slow drive out of Paradise Valley going north.

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    The Yellowstone river narrows and flows very fast at the north end of the valley. We stopped at Livingston for a short walk also....

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    Livingston has at least 100 years of railroad history that made it a classic western town today.
     
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    Watching.
     
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    Thanks buddy! I might have to go sleep soon. In 9 hours I am leaving for the airport. o_O
     
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    Waiting for the airplane right now.
     
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    Look out Yellowstone:4:!
     
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    Quick preview of the view from our front patio.

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    More to come later. Official day ONE starts tomorrow. :cool:
     
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    Looking forward to seeing your trip unfold
     
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    Sounds like you have an epic trip ahead of you. :)
     
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    Glad you arrived safely. Have a great time, watching.
     
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    I will try not to slip in!
     
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    Buffalo selfies! ;)

    Enjoy your trip and watch out for that super volcano.
     
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    I was there in 1980 as well as the Bighorn Mountains and the Grand Tetons.Did two canoe camping trips,one on Yellowstone lake,and one on Jackson Lake at the Tetons
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    Dinner time on Lake Jackson.We canoed to one of the several islands with campsites
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    Sunset over Yellowstone Lake
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    Elk we walked up to at Yellowstone park.
     
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    Going to upload a few pictures at a time. We went through Lamar Valley today. :cool:
     
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    Yeah! :dblthumb:
     
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    I just added some new ones! Took nearly 200 pics today but only posted the very best.

    Tomorrow we are headed to several geyser basins.
     
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    Updated the thread again. This time with pictures from the Old Faithful area.
     
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    Enjoying your pictures!
     
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    While on Yellowstone lake we (me and my two buddies)had a situation.We attempted to paddle a 17' Grumman canoe through choppy water and were forced to head for land.The canoe was full of our gear including a metal cooler full of food and beer.So we were forced to stay the night then left early in the morning before the winds picked up.Notice how choppy the water is in the photograph.Yellowstone lake is a large lake with 14 miles (22.5 km) wide, with 141 miles (227 km) of shoreline and a surface area of 132 square miles (342 km2).
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    I'm headed south to the lake tomorrow @Flint_2016

    Today has been a rainy mess of a day. Hopefully the lake will be calm tomorrow.
     
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    Awesome man. Been there 3 times, and loved it every time. No place like it.
     
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    A small glimpse of today's activity. More will be posted later.

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    This is Daely Lake north of the park.

    A great camping spot too.
     
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    Don't swim in the lake.The temps during summer are 41 degrees F.so you won't last long.20-30 minutes at best.
     
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    Don't worry I will not be doing that tomorrow.

    These two will be and have been my EDC for the trip.

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    Looks like you have some weather coming in from the photo?
     
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    Yup it is raining here now. Some thunder too.

    The lake is on the east side of Paradise Valley and the storms were mostly west of us until right now.
     
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    Pretty cool!!! :dblthumb:
     
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    A rainy day when you're on a trip with outdoor plans can seem to be a downer, but really, the rain and the wet land can have its own beauty, one you'd miss if the weather stayed fair.

    All you need is to have the right perspective.

    That, and rain gear. You did bring some rain gear, right? Along with the knives? ;)
     
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    Oh I am fully prepared for more rain.

    Last night was a bit spooky as lightning struck less then a half mile from the house. No smoke or smell of smoke today, thankfully.

    My next photo set might cover a couple posts.
     
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    Those BBQ ribs look really good.
     
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    They were yummy as heck. With a dry rub, I can still taste them now.

    Oh and today's trip did need two posts!:dblthumb:
     
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    Another update. We had a short date today and getting ready to leave here on Monday.

    Thanks for joining me so far.
     
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    Great trip! it looks fantastic.........:dblthumb:
     
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    I know that BBQ joint. Your at a really quiet side of the park. One of my favorites!

    Enjoy and thanks for the pics and report.
     
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    Where are you spending your nights?
     
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    I still think it’s amazing how Mother Nature knew what was best for the park when it came to the fire. I haven’t been since 1999 but can’t wait to get back. When we do, you won’t be able to pry my fly rod from my hand. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    It has been incredible. Today I am back at the house preparing for the return trip.
     
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    Up here it has been quite nice and relaxed. The evening music at that BBQ spot was especially good.
     
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