Sunday, May 8, 2011

Yellowstone Wildlife Photos

We are in Helena, Montana as I am writing this.  We left our campsite at Mammoth Hot Springs this morning.  It was hard to leave such a majestic place, but we have, as they say, other fish to fry.  It’s just as well, because there is a winter storm coming through tonight and tomorrow and elevations of 6000 feet or higher are expecting to get 1 to 2 feet of snow.  So we left just in time.

We’re going to spend three nights in Helena before moving on.  This will give us a chance to visit the state capitol and get a few chores done before crossing the border into Canada.  We’re staying at Lincoln Road RV Park on the north side of town.  It’s a very nice park, but expensive.  We’re in an electric only site and it’s still $26/night.

Our trip was really uneventful.  We had rain all day and the car and motor home are both incredibly dirty.  There were a couple of sections on highway 287 under construction.  One area was down to the dirt.  Made us think we were already on the Alaska Highway.  The only thing missing was the pilot car.

I’m still wading through that mound of photos from Yellowstone.  I have the wildlife ready for tonight and I’ll go out on a limb here and promise the geysers for tomorrow.

Besides the geysers, I guess the next thing Yellowstone is known for is the wildlife.  We were hoping to see wolves, but no such luck.  We came across three coyotes, but that’s as close to a wolf as we got.  Neither did we see any bear--black or brown--nor goats, sheep, or moose.  What we saw was many, many bison, elk, a couple of cranes, ducks, a marmot, and what seemed like hundreds of mountain bluebirds.  We also saw what we think was a pica; if not, it was a ground squirrel.  Then there was the rabbit.  I suppose it was a jack rabbit, but we wondered if it might be a snowshoe hare.  It was huge and on the move.  I was lucky to get a picture.

So, there you have it for today.  Thanks for tagging along.

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