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.
Two Katmai trips in a month?? Yup. Here we go again with more bears from a different section of the park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I planned an extra-long weekend in the park – most offices frown on people sneaking a Friday off before a holiday weekend. But hey, it was my b-day Friday so I have a legit reason to not work. 🙂