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  • Day13

    Montana Hospitality, Willsall, MT

    June 27, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    After a great breakfast at granny's, we left Cody behind, driving north along the Chief Joseph Highway. This is an amazing road with awesome scenery and telling history. It was here that the Nez Perze were pursued by the US army with orders to take no prisoners. This was 12 months after Custer and hundreds of US cavalry soldiers were killed at Little Big Horn.

    The Indians were being closed in on but they threw in some clever diversionary tactics and escaped. We stopped at an overlook today called dead Indian pass. The battle that raged here in and around 1877 was bloody and vicious.

    We continued on and detoured to Silvergate a small town that we stayed in 4 years ago it is a beautiful place on the beginning of the Beartooth Highway. From here we followed the Beartooth out of Wyoming and into Montana, again with spectacular scenery, snow and green rolling hills and the ever present Beartooth Mountain nearby. We stopped at the scene of my wrong side of the road fopar of 4 years ago. I got it right this time. Some snowballs were thrown, our country name carved in the snow wall and plenty of laughs at Carl trying not to sink in thee snow with thongs on. The Beartooth is a great road to ride and driving a car just di not do it justice. That said it was worth it just the same.

    We reached the town of Redlodge at lunchtime had a bite to eat and planned the afternoon drive. To ease the drive tomorrow we pushed on via Roscoe, Columbus and Springdale before turning right and heading for Sulphur Springs. We decided that we would just happen upon a small lodging at one of the small towns, and that was what happened. After a couple of towns with nothing we drove into Willsall and feeling satisfied with todays effort we have stopped at Fort Willsall Motel Willsall is a a 2 horse town with a motel designed as a fort, complete with log cabins.

    Its going to be a very peaceful night.
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  • Day16

    Day 13, Saturday May 21

    May 22, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Day spent in the park. Met up with groups of bison going in both directions on the highway. Had to follow the group going out way for about 10 minutes before we were able to pass. Cloudy day with rain, snow and wind but cleared p for us for a bit when we got back to Old Faithful.

  • Day16

    Day 14, Sunday May 22

    May 22, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Headed out as usual to see more of Yellowstone. No precipitation in the forecast. 10 minutes in it started to snow and it got heavier and heavier. Decided to head back to town and have lunch then wandered around town to see what's here.

    One day left to try to see some of the sights we have missed. To see it all would take a longer trip.Read more

  • Day17

    Day 15, Monday May 23

    May 23, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Today was a good day.

    We tried to get out a little earlier, and I think we were about 15 minutes before normal.

    We hoped we would not see snow, but we did. However, there was not enough to stick and what we did have was much better than the rain we had on earlier days. It was cold and windy, however! I had a T-shirt, a hoodie, a jacket and then another jacket plus leggings under my pants.

    We did the lower loop with our last stop being Old Faithful in order to see the Morning Glory pool. If we do Yellowstone again we will spend a day there, checking at the visitor center to know when expected eruptions of the various geysers are, then be at the eruptions to see them. We'd hope for a sunny day as when the light is flat you can't discern the erupting water from the steam. The last walj took quite awhile and we didn't get home until 8 pm.

    This meant we were traveling when the animals were active and we got to see larger herds of bison and a black bear along with the regular elk (and their very visible butts)
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  • Day29

    Bison blockage

    August 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    In order to avoid the mammoth queues of yesterday the bullet was bitten & an early start was the order of the day. Bakery breakfast and lunch bags bought. We were all set. Plan was to head out to the Lamar Valley - good for wildlife spotting particularly in the morning. See what was occurring & then try a walk in that area. Once in the park, what was occuring was a slow moving bison in the middle of the road. And nothing was for moving it. Waited patiently - couldn't see what was coming the other way & when stuff did it got pretty jumpy. Eventually it did move to the side so we could squeeze past. Further down the valley there were significant amounts of people all looking at something - rude not to investigate. Turns out to be some wolves (black not Warrington ones) on the prowl. Eventually picked one out. Bit noisy so we pushed on to Slough Creek trailhead. On the way more bison & what looked like a hunt but was in fact some calves messing around. The supposedly flat walk turned out to have a substantial climb at the start - still the breaks gave us chance to admire the views & wildlife - marmots, deer, pronghorns & woodpecker. Nice & peaceful - a good walk away from it all - this was more like it. A sociable group of ladies agreed & passed on some tips. A few bison were off in the distance but nothing closer & certainly nothing of the dangerous category - bears & wolves. Returned avoiding being run over by the excursion carts and made it back for lunch just as the thunder began.Read more

  • Day75

    Yellowstone Nordteil

    September 8, 2015 in the United States ⋅

    Weiter geht es in den Nordteil des Parks. Hier gibt es auch noch einige Geothermalgebiete aber der Fokus liegt auf Bergen, Wald, Steppe mit endlos vielen Bisons (im Park gibt es ca. 2000), Wasserfällen/Flüssen und einem Canyon.
    Nachdem wir am zweiten Tag bei einigen Campgrounds trotz Nachsaison keinen Platz mehr bekommen, lassen wir uns Zeit und fahren in der Dämmerung durch den Park (nix Bär/Elch mal wieder) und übernachten dann außerhalb des Parks.

    Jetzt haben wir wirklich nicht mehr lange und machen uns auf Richtung Seattle (über 1200 km). Die letzten Tage wollen wir am Mt. Rainier verbringen, bevor wir dann den Camper abgegeben und es ab nach Hause geht.
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  • Day14

    Roadtrip - Day 5 - Gardiner Yellowstone

    August 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Nach fast zweitägiger, teilweise recht anstrengender aber schöner Fahrt mit Durchquerung von Idaho und Übernachtung in Missoula / Montana sind wir nun am Rande des Yellowstone Nationalparks in Gardiner (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardiner_(Montana)) angekommen. Unterwegs gab es u.a. lange Strecken durch die Wildnis, Waldbrände (man sieht den Rauch auf einem der Fotos), einen fast überfahrenen Schwarzbären und ein fast überfahrenes Reh. Die Unterkunft ist sehr schön, wir haben ein kleines Haus mit allen Annehmlichkeiten. Leider konnten wir nur für eine Nacht buchen, so dass wir uns morgen wieder etwas anderes suchen müssen. Der Plan für morgen: Geysire anschauen - z.B. diesen hier: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_FaithfulRead more

  • Day28

    Yellowstone, The Lesser Known Part II

    September 27, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    I wake up in the morning to very quiet surroundings. A few birds, maybe some frogs, and the sound of the river nearby. Today I'll hike westward along the Yellowstone River until midday, and then turn around and head back to camp. I usually don't like to do out and back hikes because of the repetition, but the hike in the Tetons wore me out and I was looking for something more laid back. This hike was perfect. Not too much elevation change, but the river made the scenery change around every curve. The previous day I had seen a bison, a king fisher, and a black bear. Today I would see a young bull moose, in the same spot twice, a rattlesnake, a deer, a wood pecker, and a bald eagle. I guess Yellowstone still has it.

    The moose was an interesting interaction. The hike was along side the river, and the river in a canyon. This means that there isn't much room along the trail for animals to make a quick getaway. Most of the hike does not have a lot of shade from thick vegetation, which is where moose like to hang out in during the day. So every time I come to a place that has lots of trees and bushes I start to scan for bears and other animals seeking shade from the midday sun. I saw a big bill moose in the Tetons on the side of the road, but that doesn't count. That moose couldn't give a shit that any of the people or cars were there. A city moose. I wanted to see a moose in it's natural environment, and I finally found one. It is an incredible experience. It's exciting and humbling to encounter such an animal especially when you're miles away from another person. As soon as I saw the moose it heard me and looked right at me. I stopped in my tracks and tried to get a better look. As soon as I moved the moose took off. For an animal that large, it can move quickly and quietly through dense vegetation. If I had my eyes closed I wouldn't know it was there. I thought the moose was gone, and continued walking clumsily (in comparison to the moose's graceful trot) along the path, and then I see more movement. This time I can see the moose run up a hill and stop. It would seem the two of us both want to be in this small area. Me along the trail and the moose in the damp and shady section along the river. We are about 50 feet away from each other, the moose has the high ground, is much faster than I am, weighs several times more than me, and has antlers. The moose is scared of me, but it looks to be "cornered" so I am extra careful with my movements. If the moose charges me, I think my best option is to try and duck behind a tree. I go off trail to maintain our distance always keeping one eye on the moose and one eye on my escape route while the moose keeps at least one ear on me the whole time. I move slowly and quietly, eventually making my way around the magnificent animal. I take a few pictures and then I continue along the path leaving the moose behind.

    Soon I come to my half way point which is close to noon. I stop on a rock next to the river for some dried apricots and almonds, a great lunch when you have to carry all your belongings for the days. The river is peaceful and relaxing. What a way to spend a day. After lunch I turn around and head back. I think about the moose and wonder if it will still be there. Sure enough, one of the few places I would expect to see a moose during the day, he is still there. Again the moose runs away, this time along the trail. At first I'm not sure I'll be able to get around so easily since the passable area is smaller (the trail is right in the middle of the usable terrain). Then, just as the moose gets to the edge of this shaded area, he turns back towards me and starts to slowly walk around me, the same way I walked around him. What a courteous moose.

    After passing the moose it is back to the hike as usual. I'm scanning my surroundings for movement, sounds, and smells. The previous day I thought to myself as I was hiking in that this looks an awful lot like rattle snake country. That's odd that there was no warning sign like there was in the Badlands, or the signs they have for bears here. As I continue up a section of trail I had come down an hour or so ago I hear a sound. The new noise is loud and close. My brain starts to analyze the sound and compare it to previously heard sounds on record in my memory. After some time my memory comes back with a positive match for a reptile. This reptile is dangerous and the sound is a warning. The noise I hear is that of a rattlesnake. I feel a wave of adrenaline flow through me and before I know what's happening I have stopped and am moving backwards away from the sound which my eyes have moved towards and have confirmed that it is indeed a rattlesnake. I'm glad the rattlesnake knew I was there before I got too close for comfort. When I heard the snake I was probably about 8 feet away, and had moved back to about 15 feet all without thinking or looking at the rocky, uneven, sloped terrain below my feet.

    The snake is bathing in the sun. I know how the snake feels as I was fairly cold at night and I am warm blooded. So he tells me to go around. I heed the snakes polite suggestion and again go off trail to avoid further confrontation.

    The next couple of animals I see are much less intense. The deer I saw I don't think noticed I was there until I got behind it. I was as surprised to sneak up on it as it was too see me so close and at it's 6. The ear size on deer always amazes me. The wood pecker was nice to see as well. As I got close to camp I took note of the easy entrance into the water and decided to take a dip. I hadn't seen a single person in 24 hours so it didn't matter that I had no bathing suit or towel. I jumped in and got out quickly. It may have been about 70 degrees in the sun, but that water was cold as it was overnight. As I air dried I stared upstream when I saw a large bird flying towards me. It looks like a bald eagle but it's too far away to be sure. Then it turned 90 degrees to my right and revealed more defining features. The bald eagle capped off the day with just about all the stereotypical animals one will find in Yellowstone. I'm glad I did the hike.

    Pictures: I think some elk antlers with the top of its scull. Elk along with the rest of the deer family shed and regrow their antlers every season, but it appears that this elk is no longer with us. The moose. A beautiful bend in the river. The rattlesnake. Fall colors. The remains of a bison. Most likely the work of a grizzly bear.
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  • Day27

    Yellowstone, The Lesser Known

    September 26, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    My night at Norris was a little warmer than the night at Lewis Lake. Everything was still covered in frost but I didn't feel like the morning was as cold. Today I'm headed for the backcountry of Yellowstone out of the Blacktail Creek trail head. It's located only 20 or so miles from the northwest entrance of the park along the Yellowstone river. My plan is to hike in about 4.5 miles, set up camp, and then do an out and back the next day returning to the same campsite.

    To get to the trail head I have to drive from Norris to Canyon Village, and then about 3/4 of the way to Mammoth Hot Springs. There is a road between Norris and Mammoth Hot Springs, but it is closed for construction. I didn't mind the extra distance because I chose a hike that was short the first day and would only take about 2 hours. It was also another beautiful drive over Dunraven Pass which gets up to about 9000 feet. On the way up to the pass there is a gorgeous view if the Yellowstone basin and the Teton range off in the distance. The ride down was just as gorgeous.

    I arrive at the trailhead at about 1 o'clock. After arriving I start to prepare for the hike. All said and done it took about an hour to reorganize my backpack and take only the essentials. My small camelback day pack gets crammed with a two nights hike worth of stuff. To the bottom of the pack I secure my sleeping bag with some chord. In my pack goes my tent, 4 wool shirts, one pair of socks, a hat, gloves, some nuts, a stove, fuel, a knife, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, trowel, TP, and some Chapstick. On top of my pack in the sack that my sleeping bag came in I store the rest of my food and a water filter. I also stash the tent poles and steaks on the side of my pack and my solar panel and battery go on top of it all, which is how I have enough charge in my phone right now to write this.

    I start walking not knowing what to expect like any trail you've never hiked before. It is fairly flat and uneventful. About a mile or so later I come across a bison grazing alone. I continue along the trail and a couple hiking out with fishing poles is going back to the trail head. I pass one other person, sitting off to the side of the trail meditating and that's it for a person that I'll see that day. As I drop down into the canyon, I can start to hear the river. I come to a suspension bridge and the hike starts to get interesting. Only about 3/4 of a mile left to go. I get to my site right around 4. Set up, eat dinner, filter water, and hang my food. Then I sat by the river until it gets to be dusk. Before the sun dipped behind the hill in the other side of the river I noticed how wide open it is across the way. A perfect vantage to spot an animal. Now that I can hardly make things out, I hear some leaves rustling. I can't tell where it came from so I jump up and spin around with my bear spray at the ready. I see and hear nothing. All of my senses are on high alert and I scan my surroundings for movement or a sound. As I look across the river I spot a large black object. It moves and reveals that it is a black bear. I'm glad it's on the other side of the river and exploring the side of the river I'm on. It's time to retreat to the relative safety of my tent. My hands are starting to get cold anyway. I fall asleep rather quickly, and don't wake up very often throughout the night. A night above freezing!

    Pictures: Morning frost at Norris. Dunraven Pass looking over Yellowstone and the Teton range. Yellowstone Canyon. The suspension bridge that takes me to the north side of Yellowstone river. My fully loaded day pack after arriving at camp. The view out of my campsite.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Park County, مقاطعة بارك, Парк, পার্ক কাউন্টি, Condado de Park, Parki maakond, Park konderria, شهرستان پارک، مونتانا, Comté de Park, Park megye, Փարկ շրջան, Contea di Park, パーク郡, Park Kūn, Hrabstwo Park, پارک کاؤنٹی،مونٹانا, Comitatul Park, Округ Парк, پارک کاؤنٹی، مونٹانا, Quận Park, Condado han Park, 帕克縣

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