When somebody screams “Sharks!” on some beach on the ocean everybody gets out of the water as fast as they can. When somebody screams “Bear!” in Yellowstone, everybody grabs a camera and runs for it.
Third trip through Yellowstone and all the trips in the mountains I have never seen bear in the wild. I have seen the old pictures and movies of when the bears would come up to your car in Yellowstone, but they have done a good job of making the bears wild again. To see a bear now in Yellowstone is rare. This year there have been two fatalities related to Grizzley Bears in Yellowstone, but I still would like to see a bear in the wild. This fella will have to do for now.
Just like the Medicine Wheel, I wasn’t planning to go through Yellowstone again, but when you are this close how could you not. I rationalize that there are roads inside the park on the north end that I haven’t been on yet. I wasn’t expecting a parade in my honor when I got there, but hey I will take it!
I call this next picture Sheena
Made me miss my dog!
While I was watching the parade my Homies from the Kansas Patriot Guard, the Police and my official mascot the “Crow” guarded my motorcycle.
It was time to leave West Yellowstone and enter the park. Traffic seems a lot less this time, maybe related to the economy or maybe everybody is scared of the bears. The sign at the entrance does indicate that all the campgrounds and motels inside the park are full though. I ended up doing two full days in the park when I only planned one. This is part of the reason!
A biker I had met outside the park who was going to Yellowstone for his first time asked me what my favorite part was?
“Oh, the waterfalls!. Now wait, what I really like is on a cool early morning looking out and seeing all the hot thermal springs steaming on the hills.”
I am standing by a creek looking at all of the cut throat trout through the clear water, looking around at the mountains and the thermals when all of a sudden I hear a splash. I could barely grab my camera in time to get this once in a lifetime expirience! I wonder if this Osprey has a fishing license?
Somehow I got turned around and ended up in the south end of the park again when I meant to be in the north end. Maybe I wasn’t lost.
“Hmmmm, maybe all these cars are stopped for a bear? Nope, another herd of Buffalo. Wait, another traffic jam, maybe it’s a bear? Nope, a bunch of Elk, thats cool. What are all those people stopped for? Maybe a bear? Nope, three moose laying down by the river. Oh well, maybe some other day.”
Getting late, need to find my way out of here. I am on the north end now pointed the right direction and only 10 miles or so before the north end park gate at Mammoth Springs. “Hmmm, maybe, no there is only two people stopped probably some more buffalo.” I zoom on past. “Wait, hey, turn this scooter around, wow, yes yes yes!!!!”
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