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Friday, September 12, 2008


National Parks

We left the campground and headed to Jackson Lake Lodge in search of Moose – no luck - however, treated to many spectacular views of Jackson Lake and the spectacular Tetons. It was then off to Yellowstone. We entered through the South entrance and immediately struck by the progress the new growth has made since the Big Fire of 1988. When were in Yellowstone several years ago the hillsides were still barren and scarred. It was nice to see all the new pine trees and re-emergence of Yellowstone. We were also struck at the amount, and abundance of wildlife right along the highway. One sure sign there was an animal were the amount of cars along the road.

We headed East on the Grand Loop around Yellowstone Lake. It was traveling along the Lake that we saw the Moose we had failed to see in the Tetons – We stopped for “Lunch with a View” and then headed on to Fisherman’s Bridge. There is an RV campground here with full hookups but we opted to travel further and camp in some of the more “primitive” campgrounds (just think no cell and no Internet and no hook-ups!) for the next several days. We had originally hoped to camp at Canyon but that campground was closed for the season. We decided to go all the way to Mammoth. Along the way, we stopped at Artist Point for spectacular views of the Lower Falls. We also saw two large buck Mule deer and herds of Buffalo in the valleys along the drive. We would have taken more time to hike around the North Rim of the Canyon but it was closed for some major maintenance – bummer.

The Mammoth campground had a “full” sign on it when we arrived – but we lucked out - we checked anyway and found that they actually had a couple of open sites. The major excitement tonight was the Elk. One very large buck had wandered into the campground with his harem. Later in the evening a second younger buck also showed up with his much smaller harem – they came right through our campsite. We had great fun watching them, as did Sandy for a couple of hours and getting some great photos.

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