Thursday morning we head south on Hwy 89, through a beautiful valley and the small town of Gardiner, Montana. We're going to see more of Yellowstone National Park!
|I look past a handful of people with binoculars, and see this huge nursery herd of Elk. Before we get to Yellowstone, it's already a great day!|
|All cows and calves. The herd is beyond the ranch, in open space along the river.|
Fortunately there is Upper Terrace Road which gives us a wonderful view of this unique geothermic area. What fun to take our time meandering through all the bubbling formations!
|Why the long face?|
|Delicate antelope at the park entrance.|
|Frosting or snow?|
|He playfully swats at the long grass.|
|Then he finds a yummy yellow flower to snack on.|
|A beautiful example of columnar formations - 500, 000 years old.|
|No place else is Yellowstone.|
|They'll have to hustle to get this all done before Winter.|
Climbing Dunraven Pass (8900 feet) to the base of Mount Washburn (10,243 feet) we see snow ridges along the roadside. I opt not to drive to the top of the mountain on the narrow, shelf road. Surprising, right?
|These Bighorn Sheep are still shedding their winter coats.|
|A fuzzy lamb, the exact color of the mountainside.|
|With formations on both sides of the river, it's interesting to stand under the tufts.|
|The Yellowstone River|
|We only see a couple Bison on this side of the park.|
|But this single sighting is the highlight of the day - a healthy wolf trotting along the elevated side of the road.|
|The back of Mammoth Hot Springs.|
Rather than continuing north to Glacier on Friday, we're making a detour east to Roundup, Montana, to finally see our good high school friend Peggy, and her daughter Kaylee. The last time we were here she hadn't started her new house yet, and last year we were turned back by the fires and smoke. Michelle is also a high school friend who we credit with getting Bill and I back together ten years ago - and she's joining us at Peggy's too!!
Fun times with fun friends is next.