Buffalo Jam and More at Yellowstone

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When we woke up from a deep and chilly slumber at Yellowstone National Park, we set off to finish to see more of the gigantic national park. It was a short drive to Lower Geyser Basin so we looked at some of the hot pools,

Sapphire Pool:

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and their brilliant colors,

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and took a 1.1 mile (one way) hike to Mystic Falls. The hike was an easy get-the-blood-flowing walk with only a few hills.  But of course once we were close to the falls and the turn-around point, it started pouring rain on us.  Oops! I guess we were going to get wet!

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We hustled back to the car and drove on to Norris to see more geysers (some of them were really stinky!) and hike a bit more.

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BC was really geysered out at this point and I was starving. We stopped at Canyon Village for a grilled ham and cheese sandwich at the diner there and made plans to finish up the rest of the park.

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My most favorite spot in Yellowstone is Artists Point close to Canyon Village.  It is part of the Grand Canyon of Yellowtone which is just gorgeous.

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Last time I came to Yellowstone I hiked all these trails but we were short on nice weather so we walked to Artists Point, the most photogenic place I’ve ever been. No matter what photo you take, in whatever light, with any camera,  it will still be an amazing photo.

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On our way towards Lewis Lake, our hopeful campsite of the night, we hit a buffalo jam. This herd of buffalo decided to cross in front of us twice and then walk in the road. They were a little scary they walked up to the car so close!

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Maybe 15 minutes later an ambulance came through and it’s siren moved them along.

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You can’t visit Yellowstone without at least one buffalo caused traffic jam!

We are off the Grand Teton National Park next! More exciting adventures to come!

Reader question: Have you been to Yellowstone National Park? Is it on your list?

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Yellowstone Wildlife and Snow

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Yellowstone is filled with so many animals! We hardly saw any animals in Glacier National Park (and thankfully no grizzlies!) so this was a fun day filled with so many sights and even bears! We entered Yellowstone through the North Entrance near Mammoth Hot Springs.

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We did a chilly little walk through of these hot springs which were quite dry this time around. But still pretty spectacular.

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The goal for the day was to work our way through the park to Grant Village to camp for the night. We had to cross Dunraven Pass and all it’s snowy glory.

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But this is where we saw a black bear hanging out on the side of the road:

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He caused quite the bear jam! But the surrounding areas were pretty scenic so I was a happy camper with my camera taking photos.

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Soon we came upon this 12 point buck just chilling on the side of the road. He also caused a buck jam!

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Definitely the biggest antlers I’ve seen on a living animal.

And our final awesome wildlife spotting of the day was this bighorn sheep ram.

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There were some lovely sights along the way from the road’s overlook points,

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and along Yellowstone Lake at West Thumb.

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West Thumb is right next to Grant Village and is a short walk to visit many hot springs. The sun had finally come out so we were anxious to soak in some Vitamin D.

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But we pushed our luck too far. In an attempt to squeeze more into our day, we drove onto Old Faithful. But it clouded and fogged over once we arrived so Old Faithful wasn’t looking as glorious as it usually does. But it is Old Faithful so it was still pretty cool.

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On the Upper Geyser Basin walk at Old Faithful we saw some more geysers and hot spring pools on a cold walk around the area. I ate a buffalo burger for lunch so this guy was giving me the stink eye.

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Needing a good warm up we drove back to Grant Village Campground, started a roaring fire (with my cheater Duralogs since the ground was so wet!), and roasted some hot dogs and ate huckleberry pie I ordered to-go from lunch.  Yum!

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Reader Question: Have you ever seen in a bear (not in a zoo)? Have you ever seen a grizzly?!?

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