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2009 Yellowstone – Bull Elk in rut.

What could be more exciting than being witness to two bull Elk fighting for the right to mate with the herd.

Two Bull Elk fight for mating rights.
Two Bull Elk fight for mating rights.
Bull Elk lock horns.
Bull Elk lock horns.

The dominate male on the right was successful in deterring the rival bull from sticking around.  Minutes later the rival on left, turned and headed back up the bank into the nearby hillside.  Shorty there after, the winning male bugeled his success to the females down by the stream.

   This September visit to our first National Park, resulted in some of the best wildlife spotting we have ever been lucky enough to witness.  After starting our visit out in the Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin area, we worked our way back around to Lake Yellowstone and then headed up past Canyon and Tower and then up to Mammoth Hot Springs, taking stops at each along the way.  The fall season ended up being a bit more of a challenge, as the road between Old Faithful and the Norris Geyser Basin area was closed for road construction.   Just north of Mammoth heading down toward the north entry gate near Gardner, we happened upon a large herd of Elk along the river one early morning. 

    Viewing two male bull Elk fighting over the right to mate with the herd was something we each thought we would only see on a TV show.  To witness this first hand, was something we not only felt lucky about, but truly privileged.  The National and State Park systems are assets which each of us needs to make sure our government representatives know is appreciated and always in need of their continued support and protection.

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Elk, hiking, Time-off, travel, Wildlife, Yellowstone National Park | , , | Leave a comment

Yellowstone, then and now.

As we contemplate heading toward Yellowstone, I realize looking at some old family photo’s that our visit will be somewhat different than those of some of my ancestors. 

Travel as it was in the 1880's.
Travel as it was in the 1880’s.As can be seen, my Great Grandmother had a slightly different mode of transportation into Yellowstone to work in the houskeeping department at a park lodge.  Later, she was joined by her sister, who possing as someone older than 18, which she was not, was able to work along side her sister in what had to have been a great adventure at the time.  The Way We Where.

So, it’s getting time to start packing.  What to wear in Yellowstone?

The Way We Where.
The Way We Where.

We could dress in the same manner as what people in the 1880’s would have been dressed.   Perhaps something like this photo of us take a few years ago.  But considering we might stand out a bit, probably not a good choice, unless that was the goal.  Also, not the best hiking outfits!    

August 30, 2009 Posted by | Climbing, Time-off, travel, Yellowstone National Park | , , | 1 Comment

I am missing Washington.

 It’s been a long week and it’s not even over yet.  Looking over the pictures from our Washington trip, reminds me just how much fun we had, and how much I miss Washington.   Then again, after a long drawn out week at work;  I miss Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Arches, Mesa Verde, Pikes Peak, Dinosaur National Park, Badlands, Wind and Jewel Caves, Mount Rushmore, Mount Baker, Olympic National Park, The Hoh, Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak, Flat Top Mountain, and a host of other national treasures yet to be visited.  It is these visits which recharges my spirit with energy to gain the inner peace which helps me appreciate each day of good health I am fortunate enough to experience.   I wish all how stumble across this page good health and the ability to see what is good in your life and the ability to tolerate that which is not.

   Tomorrows already looking brighter.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Communication, thinking, thoughts, travel, Words | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment