Yellowstone- Part Two
If you have been following for the last month or more you would notice the first part of this series. If not check it out here Yellowstone Part One
So recapping our adventure, it was the month of May in which we entered the great Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to find the southern section still covered in snow and ice. ‘Old Faithful’ the massive geyser was shooting water into the air every 90 minutes and there were all sorts of other geothermal rumblings going on in the area. With animal sightings in the form of buffalo and elk, we were more than happy with these surroundings.
Heading through the northern section of the park a day or two later, we were surprised by the sudden change in landscape. The northern side had already begun showing sign of spring and had largely defrosted revealing the greenery on rolling hills.
From the wintry cold in the south, the sunshine was a warm welcome and the newborn buffalo agreed and frolicked around their parents and generally goofed about trying to learn how to behave. After watching these animals for some time it became obvious they really just eat all day and move very slowly. The youngsters have far too much energy for this and butt heads and kick their legs wildly at any sign of interest from another sibling.
From the bucking bison, were carried on through the Spring section of Yellowstone and came across much more activity than in the south, although mostly in the animal variety not geothermal. We found coyotes, squirrels and an unusual character known as a marmot which seems to be somewhat like a ferret or beaver. These marmots were very shy and required us to tread lightly and wait for them to emerge from their homes in old logs and piles of rock.
With the American Safari continuing over two days Jen and I drove through the park pointing left and right spotting these wild creatures and a few more including some bighorn sheep and some pronghorn deer, and animal which looks like it belongs in Africa. All these animals were incredible to see but if I am to be honest with you there was one animal I was still desperate to see, a bear.
Thinking the bears would still be in hibernation we were pleasantly surprised when we turned a corner on the main road to find a large group of people staring uphill. Seeing mostly grass and what looked like a couple of buffalo we approached a man with a telescope who allowed us a look at what all the fuss was about. There, about a hundred and fifty meters away was a large grizzly bear! We couldn’t believe our eyes!
We stood and watched the grizzly walk up the hill grazing on dandelions and freak out the nearby buffalo until it was out of sight. Then, only half a kilometre away we stopped to see another one much further away but still visible for a short time. To say we enjoyed our time in Yellowstone would be an understatement. The park at this time of year was not too crowded as I’ve heard it can be in warmer months, and the diversity of the landscape was simply amazing. To see so many wild animals up close is a breathtaking experience and Yellowstone is the place to find it.
Let me know of your experiences in Yellowstone if you have been and feel free to post your best photos from there on my Facebook page. Until next time, happy travels 🙂