I am excited to share some of the photos I took from our Yellowstone trip last week. We returned from our trip a day early (to avoid the Memorial weekend traffic, plus I got a bit bored…). The boredom was only from seeing the same thing a little too often (that’s just a little hint that I highly recommend you break up the time if you plan to visit there a week like we did). Yellowstone IS amazing and I highly recommend it. I can see why Michael does enjoy going (he’s been there about 9 times, including times with his father and he even took his son) for photo trips. Seasonally it is very appealing and beautiful.
Notes of Safety: it IS a National Park, and last year they had a few ‘incidents’ with people getting ‘attacked’ by the animals. Sadly, one man was also killed by a bear (he was not safely prepared and traveled alone in the wooded area). BUT, after being there myself and seeing some of the STUPIDITY of HUMAN’s – I have to give my two cents by saying – SERIOUSLY, if these individuals think that the value of their lives is by far better than an animal, when they are in the animals domain, then please don’t go! Sorry, but I know well enough to know, just like a pet dog/cat that YOU as the human – scare, startle and/or confront the animal without them being aware you WILL be harmed! The animal is only protecting itself, just like humans do. And as I watched some of the STUPID (I’ll repeat that again because IS necessary) human’s that ran up to the Bison (as one example) and try and take a selfie/photo when the poor defenseless animal has no idea what the HELL they are doing/wanting, then yes, expect for the animal to defend himself. Sorry, had to rant. To see all the signs posted (National Park Service tried to also put in several languages) but apparently THOSE idiots don’t bother to read. Note to the TOUR GUIDES taking some of these groups – TEACH THEM in their language please, you other idiots – look at the damn signs, they are there for a reason! These are not prop animals, they don’t know that they are ‘expected to stand so you can take a stupid selfie’… it saddened me to see and to know that the poor animals are/were put to death (please read this article) because they harmed the STUPID HUMANS! Okay, did I get my point across? Again, sorry for the continued rant… it’s called the WILDLIFE for a reason and please respect them in their natural homes.
We drove out Friday late afternoon and stayed the night at one of the Rest Stops along the way (it’s about 14 hours from Seattle and we were pulling the trailer, so can’t speed). Woke up early the next morning to get to our RV Site (Fishing Bridge RV Park) just off Yellowstone Lake. And as you can see, we drove into snow (elevation is 7800 feet). And my first sighting of the Bison/Buffalo.
And the tour buses… ugh! I have nothing against them, but seriously they DO need to be told how to ‘behave’ and what NOT to do! Another NOTE/WARNING: there are ONLY two lane roads throughout the park, with some pull out areas so DON’T go when it is peak tourist season. You WILL be sitting in your car behind these groups! Glad WE came just before a major holiday – Memorial Weekend!
After Michael set up the trailer in our spot, we knew we HAD to get out and go take photos. Oh, I should mention that we DID (unfortunately) encounter our first Pod issue. The kitchenette sink water pressure wasn’t working and it caused some leaking under the sink cabinet. We stopped by the Fishing Bridge Auto/RV repair but they were closed already. Sunday morning they DID help us – it was the filters on the sink. But that evening I did get BLASTED (like Ricky did in the Long, Long Trailer movie) in the shower. HA HA The pressure was so heavy that it did push the little shower head right off the spout and I then got scalded first then blasted with ice cold water! Sure as hell woke me up Sunday morning! HA HA
Here are some of the Saturday photos. Now my first geyser viewing and sulfur DOES stink like rotten eggs… hee hee. Ewwww – but there is still a lot of Mother Nature’s Beauty!
We also were able to get more close up photos of the Bison/Buffalo as they start to walk from one area to another – and just as you might have seen in photos elsewhere, they DON’T care if you have to stop so they can walk across the street! HA HA They really look like gentle giants (again, don’t provoke them). It was cool to see them shedding some of their winter coats and the molting too.
There WILL be lots more Bison/Buffalo photos to share, but hope you enjoy Day 1! I love that Michael is sharing some of his adventures with me and he makes for a great guide as well.
We ended our evening uploading the photos to our laptops and had a nice meal and started the DVD/movie – The Great Outdoors – kind of fitting for this trip. hee hee
Hope everyone is having a SAFE, fun, enjoyable holiday weekend and we ARE grateful/thankful to all of our veterans, as well as current and enlisted military and honor you!