Wildlife and landscapes at Yellowstone Park
My family travelled to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks - this is what we did and what we enjoyed (and didn't!).
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Today was a day of awesome sights of two kinds - wolves
in Yellowstone and the dramatic scenery of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
It was an early start and the family were a little reluctant to leave
their beds after a late evening and a cold night but after an early morning
call at 7am we were just about ready when Jon Berens, our guide for the
day arrived at our campground to collect us. We piled into the Ford Suburban
and after collecting some drinking water at the Canyon Garage we were
on our way. I had set out on the holiday with the idea of seeing bears
and wolves and we'd got a great view of a bear in Glacier National Park
so wolves were top of our list.
A bear was also spotted but it's appearance was brief. Back in the car and we continued along the road until we came across a line of cars and people with cameras, binoculars and scopes all looking towards the trees on the right of the road and Jon pulled over explaining that a great way to know if their are animals to see is to look for the people. The more sophisticated the equipment, the more likely it was that there was something of interest to see! He was totally right. Suddenly we saw, just a 150 metres or more a dark shape. It moved an stopped. Then moved again. Through the binoculars we saw it was a wolf! In Jon's scopes it was very clear and Kate managed to get a good (if slightly blurry at the distance) picture of it. It was magnificent.
We then made our way to the Grand Canyon. Jon made us
look the other way until we were right at the viewing point to accentuate
the experience (and he said to see our reaction!). When we were eventually
able to look we could see exactly why he'd done it. I am not quite sure
how to describe the sight - it really was breathtaking.
We continued our journey north, taking lunch in a pretty spot by a creek just south of Cooke City. We continued our search for wildlife for the rest of the afternoon including a short but steep walk to Trout lake. All the while Jon continued a never ending explanation of all manner of items about the park from how the landscape was formed to information about the animals and birds that live here. If only I could remember it all. Finally we returned to our campground around 4.30 and Jon spent some time with us and our map of Yellowstone, describing the best places to go for the rest of our stay. It was a fantastic day and Jon is a great guide. We would certainly recommend him to anyone.