Monday, July 27, 2009

Yellowstone National Park

(Chuck) We started working on reservations for YNP about a week ago. For those of you who know me, you know that I just hate reservations. Anyway, it became apparent to me that the only way we were going to stay in the park was to call and make a RESERVATION. With the first call we got a Saturday stay, the next day we got Tuesday, then Sunday, then Monday. Yesterday’s call finally got them consolidated in two campgrounds. The first day at Madison and Sunday – Wednesday at Grant which is in the southern part of the park. That works well, since we will be leaving by the south entrance and meeting Dean and Judy at Moran Junction about the 3rd of August.

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Yesterday we were caught in a huge Buffalo jam. It is apparently the start of the rut and the buffalo don’t find the need to move off the road very fast. In addition to that, many tourists will simply stop on the road and watch them. Not just stop, they will stop for quite a long time. As each car takes its turn stopping and taking photos, there is a huge Buffalo jam. The one we were in was several miles long and took at least an hour.

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On the left is Undine Falls and on the right is Tower Fall. Tomorrow we may get up to the Upper and Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River.

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This is LeHardys Rapids, We noticed that the Yellowstone River carries a lot more water in July than it did on our last visit which was in September. It is a large and powerful river.

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88burn The 1988 fires in Yellowstone burned 793,000 (about 36%) of the park’s 2,221,800 acres. It was a huge blow to the ecosystem, however it was a natural occurrence and it was actually healthy for the Park. New growth is evident in all areas of the burn. The new growth is very thick and in time larger trees will dominate and it will became a mature forest.

Tomorrow we will again get out to see the sights. Hopefully we will have some good animal photos, We did see a black bear and her two cubs at a distance but we have not seen a grizzly bear or moose in the park.

Over the years we have struggled with photo arrangements in the Blog. They seem to take a terribly long time to edit and re edit to present them in a pleasing fashon. Today's blog was written with Windows Live Writer. I had understood that it would lessen the flustration of composition. It did not seem to accomplish this. I will mess with it more and see if I can get some bugs out of it, we will see. Thank you for your patience.


Dean and Judy Sheeley said...

Enjoying reading your travels. Can't wait to join you. Judy

Sally Schindel said...

Hey, I've tried that Writer too and had no luck with it. Please share if you find something that works well! I too am very frustrated with the blogspot picture placement problem.
Enjoying your blog - what a great trip. Glad you'll join up with Sheeleys soon. Keep havin fun!

Beaken said...

Great Photo's, Bea and I did the Tetons and West Yellowstone last Year. Check out our Blog. Hugz,Ken

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