Bear or the President, who will I see first?

Trip Start Aug 06, 2009
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Trip End Sep 03, 2009


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Yosemite National Park, WY

5 am and I can see my breath!  The sun will be coming up shortly but you couldn’t tell due to the heavy cloud coverage.  Stop by the river to see if the bears are fishing but they're a lot smarter and slept in.

I’m heading for the high country, where I hope to see something that resembles a bear.  I heard the president was in the park today, better chance of seeing him than a bear.   About half an hour I run into the herd of bison eating their way through some meadow, the little one is shy.

I drive for a out a little over an hour and I decide to stop at Tower Falls, one of the parks gems.  They have an observation platform and that’s OK but I’m looking to feel the spray.  Off to the side of the platform is a path but halfway down its been wiped out by a landslide.  I really want the shot so I decide to climb over the boulders and tree trunks for the next half mile until I am at the base of the falls, well worth it.

Still no sign of bear or wolves so I climb higher.  Along the way I stop at Tower Roosevelt and get a spectacular view of the Yellowstone river.    The higher I go the bigger the rocks get, and even the smallest stuff can crack 'em.  A visit to any part of the park comes with its own set of geysers, this one is the Mammoth Hot Springs.

Still no signs of bears, the closest is a guy that looks like Bryan Erlacher.  Since the temperature is dropping, thanks to the clouds, its time to grab a shower and do some laundry.

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droptmastyx
droptmastyx on

Beautiful pictures! One question:
How can you write a travelogue and not talk about what and where you're eating? Is it all camp food or are you sampling the local cuisine? Prairie oysters, anyone?

Seriously, you are actually doing something we all dream of doing: the leisurely coast-to-coast road trip.

sharonw
sharonw on

bears...
SO.. have you seen a bear yet?

ejkessler
ejkessler on

Amazing gift
This is all so exciting to read about and see through the lens of your camera. What an amazing gift you are giving yourself (and allowing all of us to enjoy it vicariously!) I hope you are planning to have a get together to share all of your stories and beautiful pictures first hand. Keep sending your updates...they brighten my day!

sratner
sratner on

wish i was there!
i'm enjoying your trip. hope to make yellowstone next year. cool shots. keep them coming!

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