Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks
Friends Dave and Andrea visited us from the sunny south of France,
arriving just as the unusually warm,
dry May turned into a cold,
we have plenty of warm clothing to lend!
We had planned to spend several days with them in
Parks with a side trip to Cody.
We had to delay the trip and do things around Bozeman waiting for the
weather to improve.
Upon arriving at the entrance to Yellowstone,
we were informed half the roads in the park were closed due to
including all three roads we might use to get to our hotel.
We pressed on, seeing what sights we could access.
By late afternoon,
much of the snow had melted and we could get to the hotel at the
northwestern corner of Yellowstone Lake.
This trip gave Gary the chance to try out some more features of the
like the 300mm lens.
(click on pictures to view larger version)
Although there are many admonishments to remain on the boardwalks,
it appears a bear has left paw prints in this thermal spring.
One of the benefits of Spring visits to Yellowstone is the opportunity
to see the newborns.
we had to make a stop at Old Faithful.
The weather was too cloudy to see the Grand Teton,
which is hidden in the clouds to the right of this peak.
One can see why people insist on calling Yellowstone
These bison were content after getting their fill on the new vegetation.
Dave and Andrea had to settle for a picture of Yellowstone Falls
from Artist's Point;
Uncle Tom's trail
was closed due to
This coyote was intent on catching a rodent hiding in the grass.
This mountain goat is still shedding its Winter coat.
This mountain sheep is getting pretty old;
note the broken horn and bony hips.
These pronghorns have shed their antlers and will soon be growing
Take the picture, already. We're freezing!
Read on for the account of our trip over the Beartooth Highway.
On our trip over the
August 23rd of last year,
we could not see the sights due to clouds and snow.
our original plan was to finish the trip with Dave and Andrea by driving
to spend a night and see the
then drive the
Chief Joseph Highway
and Beartooth Highway to return home.
since we had delayed our trip waiting for better weather,
there was no time to go to Cody.
we opted to return home via the Beartooth.
As we approached the northeast entrance of the park,
we were disappointed to learn that the passes were closed due to new snow,
so we headed back to the north entrance.
Approaching the north entrance around 3PM,
we learned that the Beartooth had just re-opened and decided to retrace our
route back to the northeast entrance and try the highway.
we were confronted with limited visibility due to clouds and snow,
but the road was clear.
we hope to drive this highway when skies are clear.
Some recent Beartooth history:
May 2008 avalanche
Clearing the road
in May, 2005 —
preparing for repair work.
Some of the
March 2005 damage.
More photos can be found at this
MDT Web page.
the 2005 damage.