Before we begin I want to reference the Bears of Brooks River 2018 reference guide. Indeed, all these bears are well-documented. So if you see me refer to them by their number, more information can be found in this reference.
This trip sort of started way back in January. January 5th 12:00 AKST to be exact. That is the precise time registration opens for the coveted Katmai Campground. It only holds 60 spots, and it seems that the whole world wants them during the month of July. Attempting to coordinate with a friend (Tim), we were set on grabbing the second week. But that date literally filled up in seconds. Almost suspiciously fast. Alas, we were pushed off our goal of visiting peak season and had to settle for the last week of July into early August. Here’s hoping that the salmon run…runs late.
Continue reading Katmai 2018: Sub-adult Summer
With a holiday weekend ahead, it’s time to head straight up to Canyon Village from work. When passing Hayden Valley, it was past 8:30 and dark, but one of the largest traffic jams I’ve seen for this time of year. Everyone was focused on the east side, towards the Wapiti rendezvous area. Looks like I have my morning spot picked out.
Continue reading Yellowstone September 2 – 4: Hayden Valley to Beartooth
Two Katmai trips in a month?? Yup. Here we go again with more bears from a different section of the park.
Continue reading Katmai July 26 – 31: Coastal Bays
With the snowfall from early June a distant memory, this was one of the nicest weekends so far this year. It’s warm summer weather with wildflowers down in the valleys.
Continue reading Yellowstone June 24: Wapiti Wolves and Wildflowers
It was supposed to be a relatively clear day, but Yellowstone had other plans. Which happens a lot. There was a decent snowstorm earlier in the week, and I think that may pushed some of the wildlife out of Hayden Valley to lower elevations. That’s not to say there wasn’t anything to see, it just took a lot more patience.
Continue reading Yellowstone May 20: Wapiti Wolves and Fog
The days leading up to this weekend was very wintery. Thursday morning Teton Valley had several inches of snow on the ground. It’s pretty, but I’m sort of over it.
Continue reading Yellowstone April 29 – 30: Lamar Wildlife, Tower Bears, and Canyon Snow
We were able to secure a permit in late February this year. A group of six traveled on three sleds, two of us were on the trip last year with four new people.
Continue reading Yellowstone February 24 – 26: Interior Snowmobile Trip
Traveled from Victor to Gardiner Saturday. The temps were moderate enough to pitch a tent in Mammoth. 20s at night is about the same as Canyon Village in June.
Continue reading Yellowstone February 18 – 19: Northern Range
My parents are in town, so it’s a rare occurrence to take the time off work and enjoy a few midweek days in the park.
Continue reading Yellowstone August 2 – 4: Hot Summer Days in Hayden Valley
Just in the park for the a day, but it was great meeting up with people I’ve gotten to know over the last couple summers and also catching up with the latest Wapiti drama. The goal for the day was to see them interacting with the Mollies, and maybe get a picture with them all together.
Continue reading Yellowstone July 16: Wapiti Drama