Wednesday, August 16th … Day 101 … Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Up before 5AM … On the road heading towards the northeast entrance of the park, Lamar Valley, about a 1 ½ hour drive .. a mild 28 degrees, yes 28 degrees in mid-August … love it!... Back in Sol Duc in Olympic…. We had met a family from Chicago, they suggested Lamar Valley for viewing of wildlife, here we go … first leg of the drive was alongside Yellowstone Lake, we stopped several times taking pictures of the predawn show and the sunrise…. Wow! …Had an Elk step out onto the road…hearts working fine, did not need that! After leaving the lake we stopped to see quite an unusual sight, never thought it would happen to us, but if you spend enough time outdoors……. We were sitting there minding our own business, drinking coffee, taking it all in .... out of the corner of my eye to the left .. a bear … A Grizzly Bear! .. My pack with the bear spray is a few feet behind me .. Carol said nothing … the bear looking every which way then passed right in front of us not 15 feet away! … now to Carol’s right ..she stops and turns towards us! … Stands up! Easily over 6’ tall! … I hear a noise to my left… it’s her cub! … now they are both standing up! The cub to our left and 15’ away to our right is the mother bear … suddenly the cub runs towards the mother and off they go into the woods! All this happened in less than a minute …. Quite the moment, still in awe, left a smile on our faces for a long time, glad to see these creatures so close and very happy that we were in the truck! Paid to be out at first light. Magnificent animal! … Beautiful, breathtaking scenery along the way. Limiting our stops as we want to be in the valley early when the critters are on the move and the crowds are far away. The vastness of this area is inconceivable … everywhere you look your mind travels to another place … the land…wide open and free… In the valley herds of Bison are out for a stroll … wild prairie lands, mountains, rolling hills, flowing rivers and streams, young and old they wander where they please … giant beasts walking in the road or rolling in the mud, playful young chasing each other, this is where the buffalos roam! Towards the end of the valley we parked and headed up a steep trail to Trout Lake, peaceful and serene we are again captured by the moment …. much to our surprise there are large brown and cut throat trout swimming around in the crystal clear water … we walked all the way around … stopping and staring… The ride back awarded us with a look at a few antelope moving through the meadow and a large whitetail buck with a big rack feeding along the woods. We pulled over high above the valley to enjoy our picnic lunch and take one last look back at this amazingly wonderful place. We say goodbye to Yellowstone with a grateful heart, tomorrow we leave for Cody Wyoming our last planned stop on this crazy adventure…. Happy Trails!
Good Morning to you!
Grizzly Cub Looking for it's Mother!!!