Trip Pictures

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls

Imperial Geyser

Imperial Geyser

Imperial Geyser

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River

Bridge

Yellowstone River

Tracy on Bridge

Hellroaring Trail

Hellroaring Bridge

Hellroaring River

Hellroaring River

Elk Skull @ camp

Elk skull

Hellroaring Trail

Camp @ Hellroaring

River

Camp

Camp

Skeleton

Hellroaring Trail

Hellroaring Trail

Hellroaring Trail

Hellroaring Trail

Mt Moran

Mt Moran

Tetons

Tetons

Yellowstone National Park

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The Memorial Day weekend of May 27, 2006, Tracy and I went to Yellowstone again.  The

weather forecast was calling for lots of snow throughout Utah and southern Wyoming (and,

yes, it was almost June), so we thought we would give Yellowstone a chance.  Because I was

getting sick and tired of snow, and I wanted to do some backpacking.  We wanted to backpack

a couple of days out to Shoshone Lake and the geyser basin near the lake, but the ranger said

the snow was still too bad on that trail.  And then the weather was still pretty crappy on

Saturday, so we ended up doing some dayhiking on the Fairy Falls Trail on Saturday.  The

waterfall was nice, but Imperial Geyser was nicer.  About a mile past the waterfall was the

geyser, and it was really cool to watch the geyser.  It was very active, and it spewed water

pretty high.  We had the geyser all to ourselves, and we just sat there and laughed, because it

was the strangest thing to watch a perfectly calm pool of water suddenly start gurgling and

then jet water out in a fury.  It was humbling to think of all the geothermal activity going on

underneath us.  So that was really cool.  I have a video clip of the geyser, also.  Then on

Sunday we backpacked down to the Yellowstone River on the Hellroaring Trail, and camped

along the Hellroaring River.  We didn't see one sign of wildlife on that entire hike, even though

the opposite side of Hellroaring was like an elk killing field...there were elk carcasses and

skeletons everywhere.  But we didn't even see elk or bison.  I figured this area was their

wintering grounds, so they had moved further south into the park for the summer.  Of course,

when we returned to the truck on Monday, we talked to people at the trailhead who were able

to explain the mud tracks all over my truck: we had just missed a black bear crawling all over

cars at the trailhead.  So at least my truck got to see some wildlife!  The trail was great,

though...it was a really pretty hike.  And we ended up seeing a small grizzly at a bear jam on

our way out of the park...so that was good.  I'd still like to see one on the trail...from a safe

distance...  After leaving Yellowstone we drove out through the Tetons and then on back home

past the Winds.  I'm looking forward to hitting the Winds again as soon as the snow melts.  I

also have the GPS tracklog of the hike.