Trip Pictures

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

Lamar Valley

Tracy @ Lamar Valley

Tracy @ Lamar Valley

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Moon set

Snow plume

Snow plume

Tower Falls

Tower Falls

Wolf

Wolf

Wolf

Wolf

Wolf

Wolf

Wolves

Wolf

Coyote

Coyote

Snow

NE Entrance Station

Bison

Bison

Bison

Yellowstone Winter 2012

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The long weekend of 13 Jan 12, Tracy and I made a trip up to Yellowstone.  We've just about

decided that we don't like making the really long drive up there in the winter, but I had gotten a

new spotting scope for Christmas, and I wanted to try it out.  On Friday we drove to West

Yellowstone, and on Saturday we headed on up to Bozeman and then into the Park.  Like

everywhere else in the Rockies this year, there wasn't nearly as much snow as there usually

is, and we didn't see any signs of wolves at all on Saturday or most of the day on Sunday.  We

did some hiking into the Lamar Valley on Saturday, and on Sunday we hiked up to Tower

Falls.  We got an early start on the walk up the road to Tower, so we had the hike up and the

falls to ourselves.  That was nice.  The road was crowded by the time we were heading back

down, so an early start is a good thing.  Later in the day, we finally came across a dead elk not

far from the road.  Within 10 minutes of people finding this kill, wolves were already heading to

it.  It didn't look like the dead elk was a result of the wolves, and I couldn't help but think that

the wolves were sitting up in the hills watching cars stop on the valley floor, knowing that if cars

saw a carcass, then the cars would stop.  We saw several wolves up close on the very western

edge of the Lamar Valley, and that was nice.

We stayed at the Alpine in Cooke City both nights, and we woke up Monday to about 8 inches

of new snow.  The drive back out was uneventful, even though I was worried about the snow

on the road dropping down into Mammoth.  Once in Bozeman, we took a different road west

out of town, toward Norris, MT, and then to Ennis, MT.  This was a really nice drive.  It was an

easier drive than going down 191 toward West Yellowstone, because it didn't go through the

mountains.  I also thought the area was really pretty and would be a nice place to live.

Anyway, it was nice seeing wolves with my new spotting scope.