The First National Park (Yellowstone)


Sorry about not posting in ages, I’ve moved and don’t have internet access at home yet so I haven’t been able to really post anything. However, I am sitting at the Manchester, NH airport waiting for a flight after a week vacation on the Ice Coast (sorry no pics, can’t find my camera).

I’ve been down to Yellowstone a couple times this summer, a fringe benefit of living within an hour. Having been to most of the touristy spots and seen most of the thermal features I now go down there to hike and check out wildlife. As expected the scenery is beautiful and you still have fun getting road rage at tourists slamming on the brakes for a bison or elk.

Miniture grizzly bear, this guy was about the size of a black bear and chilling next to the road.  Definitely the smallest griz I've ever seen.

Miniture grizzly bear, this guy was about the size of a black bear and chilling next to the road. Definitely the smallest griz I've ever seen.

Hiking Mt. Washburn with Sarah, Steve and Rob.

Hiking Mt. Washburn with Sarah, Steve and Rob.

Pilot and Index Peaks in the Absaroka Mountain Range, I'm looking into potential first ski descents on Pilot Peak, however, the mountain is so sheer a summit ski is probably impossible (but you never know...)

Pilot and Index Peaks in the Absaroka Mountain Range, I'm looking into potential first ski descents on Pilot Peak, however, the mountain is so sheer a summit ski is probably impossible (but you never know...)

Getting artsy with a dead stand of Whitebark Pine on Mt. Washburn

Getting artsy with a dead stand of Whitebark Pine on Mt. Washburn

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The Mountain Lupines were blooming quite nicely while we were up there.

The Mountain Lupines were blooming quite nicely while we were up there.

Moonrise on Mt. Washburn.  You can see the fire lookout on the summit.  One of only two in the park that are still staffed.

Moonrise on Mt. Washburn. You can see the fire lookout on the summit. One of only two in the park that are still staffed.

We encountered a herd of big horn sheep ewes on the way up.

We encountered a herd of big horn sheep ewes on the way up.

This ewe had a crooked horn, poor guy.

This ewe had a crooked horn, poor guy.

Mt. Washburn.  The trailhead says it takes about 4 hours one way to hike, it took us only 2 hours car to car plus some chilling time up top.  I think the 4 hours is a bit of an exaggeration unless you only have one leg or something.

Mt. Washburn. The trailhead says it takes about 4 hours one way to hike, it took us only 2 hours car to car plus some chilling time up top. I think the 4 hours is a bit of an exaggeration unless you only have one leg or something.

Sunset over Hayden Valley.  One of the best places to scope animals.

Sunset over Hayden Valley. One of the best places to scope animals.

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11 Responses to The First National Park (Yellowstone)

  1. petrcoy says:

    that sure an amazing place. i hope i could go there…hehe

  2. Ken Mohler says:

    Great photos I have some from Yellowstone that I took in 1988

  3. Lee says:

    Was at yellowstone last summer for the first time…what an amazing place.

  4. tvet says:

    Very beautiful pictures. =) Take more!

  5. lilabyrd says:

    beautiful photos! and critters too…lol…. can’t leave them out…. goodness knows my critters would be highly hurt if I didn’t comment on these beauties…I used to live close to Yosemite and miss the natural environment in these national parks…. I have a blog here about my critter tales and environment updates… feel free to visit us any time at Lila’s Room With Views”. http://www.birdladyakalilabyrd.wordpress.com … and thank you for sharing your great photos! Lila

  6. lilabyrd says:

    sorry about the link to Lila’s Room With “Views” not being right…lol… it should be http://www.birdladybydayakalilabyrd.wordpress.com …lol… just very sleepy! :} Lila

  7. Justin says:

    Nice pics so you went to yellow stone National park.

  8. Meribel says:

    Beautiful pictures, you have a keen eye for what looks good to snap, like how you got the moon in that one pic. The sunset is breathtaking, can’t wait to visit there.

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