Sep 07 2011

Yellowstone National Park, Part II

by in North America, United States

Continued from Part I

We were up around 6am on the morning of our second, and only full day, in Yellowstone National Park. We wanted to get an early start and visit a few more of the park’s attractions before the roads became clogged with the multitudes of RVs and trailers that crawl slowly along the park’s roads.

Our first encounter with park wildlife that morning was this impressive elk, who was enjoying breakfast on the side of the road. Check out those antlers!

Yellowstone Lake:

Another bison:

Rapids:

Yes, more bison:









Forest stretching for miles:

Tower Fall, 132ft drop:



We went hiking later that day but had to cut our hike short when we encountered a bison near the trail. He started coming towards us, so we decided to turn around and head back where we came from. He continued to follow us for a few minutes but eventually stopped, so thankfully this post won’t include any details on what it is like to be gored by a bison.




With our hike cut short, we headed to the mud volcano and sulfur cauldron area to check out some more of Yellowstone’s geothermal features.









The giant elk, again. This was the third time we spotted this guy. The first time was actually at night, when he was crossing the road and we were driving back to our camp (that encounter was a bit scary – thankfully we did not hit him).

Our campsite. Overall it was decent, but the campsites were very close together.

The campground was located on the shore of Yellowstone Lake:


Us, with Yellowstone Lake in the background.

Once we returned to camp that evening, we cooked a pot of chili, kicked back with a few beers, and sampled some bison and elk jerky (the bison was delicious, elk was so-so). Since we had a long drive to Spokane the following morning, we turned in early and drifted in and out of sleep, occasionally awakened by the howls of a nearby pack of wolves.

The rest of the Yellowstone photos are here.

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