You may have seen the recent news article about Yellowstone visitation being up more than 24% for the first five months of the year. Let me tell you…the park is FULL!! I'm still amazed with the number of people showing up with no reservations.
I'm so thankful for my staff who are doing a great job, which allows me to take time off. Bill and I have enjoyed our days off and have gotten out in the park for a few hikes. We try to get up and get going early to beat the crowds. Of course, we've been caught in our share of animal jams, and things will only get worse until summer vacation season is over and the kids go back to school.
Here are pictures from our days off:
One morning we hiked Garnet Hill Trail, an 8-mile loop in the Roosevelt area of Yellowstone. We had the entire trail to ourselves, which was wonderful.
It's wildflower season….
I guess I should say we had the trail to ourselves, except for this guy and his buddies. We had to walk off trail a few times.
We watched this guy for a few minutes as he scampered among the rocks, eventually going into crevice.
These next pictures were taken from the truck, so they aren't the best…but they count! This is a cinnamon colored black bear.
And here are two black bear cubs. Don't worry,
Mom was close by.
Another morning, Bill and I loaded up our bikes and drove over to Fountain Freight Road, which is open to bikers and hikers only.
We road out 3 miles, until we came to the Fairy Falls Trailhead. The ride wasn't bad, except for the extreme head wind. We were hoping the wind wouldn't change directions on our way back.
Once we reached the trailhead, we locked up our bikes...
…and hiked out to Fairy Falls.
We saw a lot of Columbine along the trail.
As we sat and watched Fairy Falls,
this guy was keeping an eye on us.
And there were lots of interesting dragonflies around.
On our way back on the bike trail, we stopped for a snack and enjoyed the view. You can't see it, but there was a nice bison herd grazing in the distance.
We saw this fox as we were driving around the park one afternoon.
And a little further up the road, we saw this grizzly.
We hiked Mt. Washburn and saw a herd of big horn sheep…all female and some with babies.
Mt. Washburn always provides great wildflowers.
Today, we will be preparing a Low Country Boil to celebrate July 4th with the campground staff. This is the real start of peak season, but I really cannot imagine being any busier than we have been…but who knows??