Our short roadtrip started after my daughter got off work Saturday. We and two of the grandkids were on our way to Yellowstone National Park. We went as far as Gardiner (one of our beloved towns). Sunday morning we were on our way and saved about 3 hours driving time leaving from Gardiner. As we got to Mammoth Hot Springs we got some photos of a geyser.
They are so blue. We were on the lookout for bear and moose and bison calves. We knew it wouldn’t be hard to get bison, deer, and elk.
I think she was a little spooked. There were so many people trying to get too close. She’s headed across the road.
Two calves. That’s all the calves we saw but I had never seen one before and I was raised around the Park.
The weather was snowy, windy and cold. The lowest temp was 35 degrees. With those temps you could see immediately where all the geysers and mud pots were located.
Nonetheless the views were wonderful. We were taking the long loop, thru Old Faithful and down around Yellowstone Lake. On the wast side of the park is where we saw the bears.
My mom was telling me that when I went as a child around 4 or so, the bears were all over. Back then people fed them and they came to the cars. I’m so glad that’s not acceptable today. Bad for people and really bad for the bears.
Then we headed to the Grand Canyon of the Park.
Our second bear. Just grazing.
A bull elk in velvet.
He’s trying to get that itch.
My youngest granddaughter want to pose for me. She’s so adorable and nothing fazed her. She had so much energy ……Everywhere she went she was running.
Here’s another. She saying “wait gramma”, she had to pose. My grandson, handsome fella.
We had a picnic of sorts. It was so cold and windy that we set up and hurried to eat. I think we even ate half our sandwiches in the car. The sun would come out and it was wonderful but a second later the clouds covered it.
All in all we had a wonderful time. If we had waited till next week or so, I don’t think we would have seen the bears or the bison calves. This was our first trip to the Park this year and I hope we have several more. We’d love to get some of the spring flowers but at 8-10,000 ft elevation, it will be later in the season.