FUN-travel: Grand Tetons & Yellowstone Safari – Day 4

May 27, 2018 by  

Today’s Animal Adventure…Up Close & Personal!

Mammoth Hot Springs

  • 1st sighting – Moose & calf…

…feasting on fresh green…

…really tall willows.

  • Rest of the Day– RFOD…

…Really Far Off & Distant…

…can’t even begin…

…to get near these critters!

  • 2nd sighting –thru the Lamar Valley…

…Wylie Coyote…

…slinking across the lower valley slopes.

  • 3rd sighting – herd of bison…

…& “red doggies”…newborn calves.

  • 4th sighting – Gray Wolf pack…

…w/den of 6 black pups…

…roaming high on the ridge.

FUN-fact – Dead center of picture is gray wolf, then go up to 11:30 to see the black pup & continue up to top at 12:30 to see 2nd wolf walking down. (sorry it’s so blurry!)

Bison & Red Doggies Relaxing

Old Faithful

  • Mammoth Hot Springs – so different from other thermal areas…

…because limestone is relatively soft rock…

…& allows travertine formations to grow much faster…

….than other sinter formations…

…best described as looking like a cave…

…turned inside out.

  • Grand Prismatic Hot Spring – Old Faithful may be more famous…

…but the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring…

…is the most photographed…

….thermal feature in Yellowstone…

…& that’s because of its…

…crazy-bright colors & enormous size.

Not so FF – the trail that overlooks the hot spring was closed…& on top of that…

…we got pummeled with hail on the path leading to it!

What We Didn’t Get to See!

  • Old Faithful – named for its frequent and somewhat predictable eruptions.
  • Late afternoon… ended up back in Jackson… where we started

On Path to Grand Prismatic Hot Spring

FUN-fact – Not only is Yellowstone one of the largest active volcanoes on earth, it is also home to over 10,000 hydrothermal areas (hot springs, mud pots, & fumaroles) & includes more than 300 active geysers.

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