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Aug 18, 2015 - A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear

Aug. 8th, 2015 Yellowstone National Park Every visitor that enters National Parks supporting a population of wild animals receives information on that fact that feeding animals is not acceptable behavior. Be it the smallest ground squirrel or the most powerful carnivore 'Ursus Arctos Horribilis', aka the grizzly bear, no wild animal needs 'people food.' The results are deadly many times for the animals... and now for people. In Yosemite, the plague is being spread by the tiny cute chipmunk type critters approaching visitors for handouts....

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Aug 7, 2015 - The Bison Rut

Aug. 6,7,8, 2015 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park The Lamar Valley, in the northeast section of the park, has a special place in our hearts, so we try to spend as many days off in that area as we can. It was there, now 20 years ago, that several wolves from Alberta were reintroduced to the park, spending the winter in large holding pens. We remember standing by the roadside in 1996 and spotting one solo black wolf trotting along a bench perhaps 3/4 mile away. That was the beginning of "wolf watching", a time consuming activity where...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Ready, set, snow!

Tues, July 28, 2015 Yellowstone National Park This is a tough blog to write because many of you are suffering under blazing heat and humidity. But please, don't be mad at us because it snowed here yesterday. Really, it's Yellowstone after all and snow can occur (and usually does) 12 months out of the year. Jeffrey was up on the north-east boundary and snapped a pix of the entrance sign as the flakes began to accumulate. Little kids were dancing around the visitor center screaming in delight, "It's snowing!" While it didn't affect the roads,...

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Jul 23, 2015 - Yosemite, Ca

Arrived in Yosemite around 8 am. We missed most of the morning traffic. The drive was slow and windy and going through the tunnel was scary. I just stayed in the middle of the tunnel and thank God, no other vehicles came through. We got in our work volunteer camp site. Fairly easy to get in. Water pressure was good, sewer was easy to hook up. Our cel phones and wifi did not work very good. We were able to use Larry's wifi and it worked ok. No tv for the next 8 weeks. We have a nice view of half dome. We don't start working for a few days...

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Jul 20, 2015 - New lease on life

July 20, 2015 West Yellowstone, MT Yellowstone National Park We did it...something we've never done before in our lives. With a courteous 2 week warning we bid Yosemite "Adios", packed the trailer and rolled east. We arrived in the West Y'stone housing area where we started our NPS gig 12 years ago on Thurs, ran a few errands and went to work on Sat. Jeffrey is having a bit of trouble deciding what to call his new position... Backcountry cowboy, wrangler, stable boy...or all of the above. He goes to work in his boots and (work) cowboy hat...

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Jul 8, 2015 - The Gambler

Yosemite National Park, 7/8/2015 Kenny Rodgers sang a song called The Gambler. One of the lines says, "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em....." After working in Yosemite since mid-April, we've decided to 'fold 'em' and we are leaving here next Mon. There have been numerous disappointments here from day one that don't need to be spelled out, but suffice to say, our assignments have not worked out. We compare this National Park to a huge shopping mall on Christmas Eve. Everyone wants to go to the same stores, and no one...

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Jun 23, 2015 - When Speed Kills

June 23, 2015 Temperatures hitting mid-90's (day) 50's (night). When a bear is killed by an automobile in Yosemite NP, a sign is placed at the scene so as to draw attention to such a loss. Recently, "the" sign appeared on the road to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias...just 50 yards from where Mary Ann spends hours regulating traffic and parking issues. This stretch of road posts a 20 mph, and the accident occurred before the dinner hour. Well, suffice to say, IF the driver was going 20 mph, we might still have a healthy bear in our...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Gettaway

Our "weekend" June 9 & 10, 2015 Technology is a tough when you live in a national park where one barely gets cell coverage, much less internet. Recent attempts to access the Travel Blog have flopped. Thus, it's been awhile since our last entry. Finally - we're off and running again. We decided to spend our days off in the alpine area of the park, visit a ghost town and soak in a hot springs on the eastern side of Yosemite. Bodie, CA is presently a State Historic Park in the middle of nowheres-vill! It's tucked back in the treeless high...

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Jun 2, 2015 - The Mist Trail (Vernal & Nevada Falls) (YNP)

The Mist Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite National Park. The hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall and Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall. Along the trail, the Merced River is a tumultuous mountain stream, lying in a U-shaped valley. Enormous boulders, some the size of a house, are dwarfed by the sheer faces of exfoliating granite, which rise 3000 feet from the river. Through it all, the Merced River rushes down from its source in the High Sierra, and broadens on the floor of...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Yosemite

Went to Yosemite to meet with Larry to discuss the work camp job. Took about 2.5 hour on a curvy road. Yosemite was nice, not a lot of water, but the waterfalls were flowing. Checked out the camp job office and camp spot. Camp spot has full hookups but no cable. We would need a portable dish for TV. We stayed until 10 pm to try to get a night shot of the moonbow on Yosemite falls, but some clouds came through and blocked the moon Rays. Max was with us, so it was a long day for him.

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May 26, 2015 - Yosemite Falls & Glacier Point (YNP)

Yosemite National Park is located in the central eastern portion of the state of California. The park, which is managed by the National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend the majority of their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear...

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May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day traffic report

Greetings to our Service folks, family and friends on this significant weekend. A moment to remember those we knew who lost their lives in war and terroristic acts. While many gather around the bbq this weekend to relax, laugh and fill one's tummy...others are stuck in traffic in Yosemite National Park. Visitors, both local and international, thought they'd spend a long holiday weekend in a premier National Park. Most had no idea they would be delayed or denied access to their destination because of a backlog of automobiles. Let's follow...

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