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Oct 4, 2012 - Yellowstone National Park

We traveled to Lamar Valley and as far as Pebble Creek before heading back to Gardiner to pay for our RV spot in the afternoon we headed to Hayden Valley and Dunraven Pass and back to Gardener a wolf less day and over all a quite wildlife watching day. We spent the evening at a Gardiner Community meeting discussing the planning needs for the community's interface with the park service plans for updating the entrance to the park at the historic gate.

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Oct 3, 2012 - Yellowstone National Park

The morning presented us with a brisk and cold wind. We ran into our friends who traveled to Glacier National Park who were also in the Park looking for wolves. After we got caught up on their fall adventures we headed on to Lamar Valley, where we saw 6 of the Lamar Canyon Pack. Taking my first pictures of the Lamar Canyon Pack with the new camera. We spent the rest of the day looking for their puppies and two remaining adult wolves that were much further to the east. We spent the evening listening to the presidential debates. We did have a...

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Oct 2, 2012 - Yellowstone National Park

We made the trip to Bozeman where we both participated in some purchasing. I made a stop at Bozeman Camera where I bought a new Camera Body the new Nikon D600 ( How many cameras does a photographer need? Answer: Just one more!) we arrived in Gardiner, Mt. Where we meet our friends Alan and Sue for dinner. Tomorrow will be a return to wildlife watching with a visit to Lamar Valley. Our weather appears to be changing with the forecast including freezing temperatures and the possibility of snow.

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Sep 13, 2012 - Whirlwind tour

Sept. 13, 2012 We drove the whole large loop of Yellowstone, just hitting the high spots because we knew we didn't have time to see everything.  The whole thing is a geology paradise. Final count of Casitas seen in the park was five plus ours. We first walked the upper geyser basin after watching Old Faithful.  Very special place with lots of geysers and hot pools!   Then we drove around the west side of Yellowstone Lake.  It is of similar construction to Crater Lake, only much older, so less deep and blue.  Still beautiful. Then on to the...

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Summer Trip 2012

Sep 12, 2012 - Yellowstone

Sept. 12, 2012 It got down to freezing last night.  I was glad I had pulled out the down sleeping bag.  Before leaving the campground, we talked to a neighbor who was from Montana about Bozeman's growth.  Much of the  traffic is from there.  Bozeman is booming, based apparently on skiing and tourism.  Lots of big houses. Like Jackson Hole, I guess. We knew the park campgrounds would be full by noon, and they were.  So we drove north to a nat. forest campground just outside the park.  On the way, we had a wildlife traffic jam for people...

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Summer Trip 2012

Aug 10, 2012 - Yellowstone

Yellowstone Our two destinations in the northern section of the Park were Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Falls. Tower Falls was nice but we have seen such awesome falls on this trip it was a bit of a disappointment, however the Hot Springs was so unusual, it’s amazing what nature has done, it sits on top of an active volcano and the formations of travertine made it look like an ancient Roman city. We took a one way 6 mile off the main road trip to look for wildlife, we came upon a big black bear in a small valley feasting on berries, he paid...

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West trip 2012

Jul 12, 2012 - July 10 - 12, 2012 - Headwaters of the Yellowstone B & B

We were off Sunday (July 8). We took the opportunity to go visit the Norris Geyser area. It was a nice stroll along the boardwalk. Yellowstone is on top of a volcano caldera, so the smelly release of steam is in many areas of the park. The colors are beautiful and it is amazing that the heat is above 140 degrees in many areas. We then had to work Monday early shift (7:15am - 2:45pm). Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we were off work. We finished the laundry in the morning and then headed up over Mt. Washburn to Tower/Roosevelt and then to...

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Jul 3, 2012 - Gardiner, Bozeman, Belgrade, Four Corners

Another hot day so we took another scenic drive through the mountains to Gardiner, MT. Gardiner is a small town at one of the entrances to Yellowstone. A neat stone arch marks the entrance. We turned around in Gardiner....no desire to fight the crowds in Yellowstone. The Paradise Valley scenic drive was through a valley with shorter mountains than those we saw on our drives out of Columbus so we didn't think this valley was as pretty. We also visited Bozeman, Four Corners and Belgrade today visiting the downtown areas and sampling the...

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Summer 2012

May 12, 2012 - Yellowstone NP and South to Norris

Saturday we again packed a lunch and headed out for another day in search of wildlife to photograph. We decided to head south from Mammoth towards Norris. We stopped at couple of area where we had seen bears on previous trips, but no luck. When we got into the open meadow at the Swan Lake area there were a lot of cars stopping and looking out in the meadow. There was a Grizzly bear with 2 cubs out in the meadow browsing. We were told she was the Grizzly that had quads 2 years ago when we were here. We stopped and setup our cameras and...

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May 11, 2012 - Yellowstone NP and Lamar Valley

Friday we decided to make our longest trip by going to the Lamar Valley where there are usually animals to see. We ate breakfast, packed a lunch (yes, packed a lunch!) and were off by 9 am, which is early for us. We stopped at the Mammoth Visitor Center to check on animal sittings and they did not have anything in their log book from Thursday. Judie walked around to the Great Horned Owl nest in a tree between the buildings. We took pictures of 3 babies in the nest two years ago and this year the mother was sitting on eggs but no babies yet....

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Sep 13, 2011 - Yellowstone National Park

We started the morning a Hitching post arriving just in time to see the Lamar Canyon pack exit left. We spent the morning with Sue and Allen looking for wildlife. We were able to find Clark Nut Hatches and Clark Nut Crackers that provided some photo opportunities. We spent the afternoon in camp and went out in the evening but had no luck spotting wolves.

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Sep 12, 2011 - Yellowstone National Park

We went to Foot Bridge and watched the Lamar Canyon Pack leaving the bison carcass and heading towards Cache Creek. This seems to be a regular routine in the morning as the fisherman and hikers invade their territory. The return in the evening as the crowds thin out. We adjust our travels to meet this schedule. We headed to Mammoth to pick up the Geo. After paying the $900 bill for the replacement of the wheel bearing and two struts we headed back to Foot Bridge and Pebble Creek.

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