Better late than never.
Date: June 17th – July 4th
Mission: Visit every National park, State Park, National Monument and Memorial that we had time for in the area of South Dakota and Wyoming.
Yellowstone National Park
After taking a long detour to drop our dog off in lower Michigan, we made our way to Yellowstone National park. As we approached Yellowstone we called ahead to make a reservation at the Canyon Village Campground because we had picked out several hiking trails in that area.
It was late June and many of the animals we encountered had young. This picture was taken about 50 miles outside of the park.
Mother moose and calves
We entered the park from the east end. There was still a lot of snow on the ground in this area.
A little farther into the park we saw something that I have never seen in the wild before. A grizzly bear was digging for food along the side of the road and acting very comfortable as cars drove by. On the hikes that we later took it seemed like I was the only one out there carrying bear mace and I was wondering how necessary it was to do so. After reading this news when we got back home I guess it had been the right thing to do.
Bad picture of grizzly along the side of the road
On our way to our campground we stopped at a few hot springs to take some pictures. This is where we saw our first very friendly bison. It came down from a hill and casually strolled between a hot spring and several dozen people on a board walk. No wonder some people think they can just walk right up to them.
We then drove to our campground to check in and take a look at our site before we took our first hike. Under the campground sign was another sign that read FULL. We were glad we called ahead.
Pictures from our first hike
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Upper falls Yellowstone River