Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
24Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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We decided to head back into Yellowstone today to see the sights we didn't have time to get to yesterday like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It ended up being a good decision. The weather was beautiful again, bright sunshine and 65-70 degrees. I drove the first half of the day. We are a little crowded in our rental car, a white subaru impreza, the kids have affectionately dubbed "the marshmallow" but it is easier to drive and park than the GWS.
We saw pretty good size herd of buffalo and many buffalo right at the roadside.
As we made our way along, we saw many cars pulled over to the side of the road and a large group of people standing in a field. Being the curious sort of people we are we pulled over to see what the deal was. Once arriving on the scene, we were excited to learn their were two coyotes munching on an elk carcass but even better further back was a mother grizzly bear with her cubs!!! There were rangers on the scene and they made sure everyone kept a safe distance and provided high powered scopes that made it look like she was right in front of you. It was incredible! It's pretty amazing to see all of this wildlife around you and realize that it is truly nature. The rangers do not control the animals at all. They have to control the people so the animals can live peacefully. It gives you a new appreciation for the planet.
We made it to the Grand Canyon and saw the falls. They are really nice. Jenna , Robbie and I hiked a bit of the North Rim Trail while Rob and Cara brought the car ahead and met us at the next lookout point. You lose your breath easier at this elevation but we managed ok. We saw an osprey nest in the canyon with a young osprey waiting for lunch.
We moved on to check out one more geyser area, the Norris basin, before heading back to camp. The geyser basins look like they are from another planet. They are very desolate, with colored pools,bubbling springs and steam vents. They also stink like rotten eggs! Rob and Robbie had no worries in this area if you know what I mean. They were free to let loose!
After this we headed back to camp for dinner another night by the fire with smores and stars.
Moving down the road to a new campground tomorrow. Still trying to get pictures up, sporadic success.