Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Gallery, Montana, National Parks, Wyoming | 10 comments

That last Yellowstone post was too long. So I’m making this one brief. The subtitle is “Jams: Various Varieties.”

Day 5: Woke up to a couple of inches of snow. Tried to drive to the Canyon area, but halfway there, got stuck in a huge traffic jam; walked a half-mile to find a truck and trailer jack-knifed across the road (their pride was the only thing hurt).

No hope of getting through for hours, so we drove back to Lamar Valley, where we encountered a bear jam of people stopping to watch a two-year old grizzly napping on a tree.

Then stuck in a bison jam, one of many. They do exactly as they please, when they please. It’s fun to hear them trotting alongside the truck, kind of like being in a Western movie.

Day 6: Cold and icy, so we stayed close to home and drove just inside the park for a nearby hike on the Lava Creek Trail (open territory, no bears). Antelope jam on the way home. Rutting season is in full swing, and they were oblivious to us as they leapt and chased each other in a field about 25 feet away. Nearby, a bull elk tried to close down the road leaving the park, claiming the territory as his own.

Day 7: Moved to West Yellowstone for several more days of exploration. Got trapped in a huge traffic jam; this was the same road we were stuck on trying to drive to Canyon a couple of days previous. This time, no possibility of turning around because we were towing the trailer.

Turned out to be a grizzly jam, created by an enormous grizzly just off the side of the road. It was the exact spot where we had stopped two days prior to walk around a little hot pool area. Which is exactly why you’re warned to always carry bear spray.

Day 8: Freezing cold, sleeting, raining, crazy winds. We went out anyway to explore the iconic Old Faithful Area and the Fountain Paint Pots along the way. No jams of any kind; the weather was too awful for much of anything or anyone to be out. Lots of geyser activity, and Old Faithful still doing its thing, every 90 minutes, after all these years. Old Faithful was kind of a snore (being predictable and on time is overrated) but witnessing the explosions of other geysers along the 4 miles of boardwalks was exciting.

Day 9: Woke up to find out that our government shut down the park. Time to move on.

Yellowstone Part II

Attempting To Drive To Canyon Area

Oops!

In No Hurry

Road From Mammoth To West Yellowstone

Lamar Valley With Snow

Bison Jam

Young Grizzly

Rolling In The Mud

Crazed

Crossing The Gardiner River

On The Lava Creek Trail

Staking His Claim Near The North Entrance

Pronghorn

Pronghorn Does

Relentless Pursuit

Town Of West Yellowstone

Grizzly Bear Jam

Big Grizzly

Colorful Heat Loving Microorganisms

On The Boardwalk

That Glove Is A Gonner

Umbrellas In The Steam

Geysers Spouting

Heart Spring

Opal Pool

Punch Bowl Spring

Morning Glory Pool

Riverside Geyser Erupting

Riverside Geyser Audience

Soaking Wet, Freezing Cold

Yellowstone Part II
Attempting To Drive To Canyon Area
Oops!
In No Hurry
Road From Mammoth To West Yellowstone
Lamar Valley With Snow
Bison Jam
Young Grizzly
Rolling In The Mud
Crazed
Crossing The Gardiner River
On The Lava Creek Trail
Staking His Claim Near The North Entrance
Pronghorn
Pronghorn Does
Relentless Pursuit
Town Of West Yellowstone
Grizzly Bear Jam
Big Grizzly
Colorful Heat Loving Microorganisms
On The Boardwalk
That Glove Is A Gonner
Umbrellas In The Steam
Geysers Spouting
Heart Spring
Opal Pool
Punch Bowl Spring
Morning Glory Pool
Riverside Geyser Erupting
Riverside Geyser Audience
Soaking Wet, Freezing Cold
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Crossing The Gardiner River  thumbnail
On The Lava Creek Trail  thumbnail
Staking His Claim Near The North Entrance  thumbnail
Pronghorn  thumbnail
Pronghorn Does  thumbnail
Relentless Pursuit  thumbnail
Town Of West Yellowstone  thumbnail
Grizzly Bear Jam  thumbnail
Big Grizzly  thumbnail
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On The Boardwalk  thumbnail
That Glove Is A Gonner  thumbnail
Umbrellas In The Steam  thumbnail
Geysers Spouting  thumbnail
Heart Spring  thumbnail
Opal Pool  thumbnail
Punch Bowl Spring  thumbnail
Morning Glory Pool thumbnail
Riverside Geyser Erupting  thumbnail
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Soaking Wet, Freezing Cold  thumbnail

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