So here’s a funny story. We stopped in Yellowstone where a crowd had gathered with their binoculars and scopes. Bill had both binoculars and a scope. So we were able to see a watering hole where wolves had gathered and then gone up the hill. This was maybe 600-800 yards away. I saw two wolves through Bill’s scope. On the hillside there was apparently a carcass, maybe elk. A grizzly and several wolves were there for the feast. I watched the grizzly running away with maybe a haunch. The wolves were there too at the top of a ridge.
In Yellowstone National Park the animals are everywhere. Visitors are advised that these are wild animals so keep your distance: 25 yards for grazers, 100 yards for bears and wolves. Here are pictures of some of the animals we saw this trip with links to last year’s.
We were in Yellowstone National Park last July with some of the kids and grandkids, but this year, later in the year, we’re here with my cousin Bill and his wife Diana. It’s different in the fall. You can compare this visit with last year’s visit.
From Glacier National Park past Flathead Lake to the Garnet ghost town. The best preserved ghost town in Montana they say. I knew exactly what to expect since I saw it on Mysteries of the Abandoned. Except this wasn’t it. But it was well preserved and interesting.
We picked up our trusty GyPSy Guide for the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. See my post There’s an App for That… and a Website… and Hardware, updated today, for the complete list on indispensable apps including GyPSy Guide.
I’m not much of an art gallery guy… unless it’s Western art. Charles M. Russell was a Western artist whose work benefited from a trip to New York City. First he was a real cowboy. And that shows in his work. The C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana houses a lot of his work, his studio, and his home.
We stopped to catch up on the history of the Corps of Discovery at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana. This is another museum under the auspices of the National Forest Service like the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (see the post).
We stopped in to Great Falls, Wyoming to see some museums… and the Great Falls. The falls were an impediment to the Corps of Discovery as they explored the new Louisiana Purchase. (You probably know the Corps of Discovery as the Lewis and Clark Expedition.) The road to the falls had a sign that said the park was closed. It was, but we could still see the falls. With video.
I’ve encountered Buffalo Bill in Colorado where he is buried and last year in Cody, Wyoming at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (see the Buffalo Bill post). This year we’re back again.
Next stop in Wyoming was Thermopolis. It’s famous for its hot springs at Hot Springs State Park.
The state operates the bath house for free, but we skipped that. Here’s what we did see.