Tag Archives: Yellowstone

Sightings

Wildlife in YNP

Canyon Area


(Photo by RSheridan)

Hayden Valley


(Photos by RSheridan)

Yellowstone Lake


Yes that is a Bald Eagle & NOT a Very Good Photo (Photos by RSheridan)

West Thumb Geyser Basin Area


Yes that is Bear Scat! (Photos by RSheridan)

Old Faithful Inn


(Photo by RSheridan)

Be On the LOOKOUT for Wildlife When Exploring!


Where the Elk Roam

In Yellowstone

Wildlife Lesson 101

ELK

Male Elk:  Bull
Female Elk:  Cow
Baby Elk:  Calf

DEER

Male Deer:  Buck, Stag, Hart
Female Deer:  Doe
Baby Deer:  Fawn

MOOSE

Male Moose:  Bull
Female Moose:  Cow
Baby Moose:  Calf

West Yellowstone (West Entrance)

Within 15 minutes of entering Yellowstone – BOOM Wildlife Sighting!


(Photos by RSheridan)

West Thumb Geyser Basin Area


(Photos by RSheridan)

Grant Village Area

We had heard this Big Dude for the past few days. Heading Out of Yellowstone for the Grand Tetons and There HE was on the Side of the Road!


(Photo by RSheridan)

Oh So Majestic & Oh So Hard to Find in the Wilderness of Yellowstone!


Gotta Love Teddy!

The Roosevelt Arch

One thing on my To Do List while in Yellowstone was to see the Roosevelt Arch. We went by car, but imagine back in the early 1900’s entering the park by horse-drawn coaches. The beauty of Yellowstone is still there and being passed from generation to generation. I was introduced to the National Park system at a young age and still enjoy it as an adult. How COOL is that!

Yellowstone was the 1st National Park. The cornerstone of the Roosevelt Arch was laid down by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. The Roosevelt Arch is truly part of the history of Yellowstone as well as the National Park system then and now. “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People.” I can tell you that I had a little emotional moment when seeing the Roosevelt Arch for the first time. Simply AMAZING!

Interesting Fact:  The cornerstone covers a time capsule that contains a Bible, a picture of Roosevelt, local newspapers, and other items.

The Roosevelt Arch is located at the North Entrance of the Park in Gardiner, Montana. Basically cusping Montana and Wyoming in this part of the Park. Why the North Entrance? According to the research I did on the Arch, it was the first major entrance for Yellowstone in the early 1900’s.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to PRESERVE for the Next Generations!!!


Where the Bison Roam

In Yellowstone

Bison:  A large humped animal; a large hairy animal with a massive head. The bison were at the end of their mating season when I was in Yellowstone. DO NOT call them Buffalo; take offense to that term! I love watching the baby calves play and frolick.

Hayden Valley


(Photos by RSheridan)

Road Sightings


(Photos by RSheridan)

Yellowstone Lake


(Photos by RSheridan)

Bison Jams


(Photos by RSheridan)

Bison Biscuit


(Photo by RSheridan)

Seeing Wildlife in the WILD – Priceless!!!


North Rim

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is about 24 miles long and 1,200 feet deep. Just MASSIVE!


(Photo by RSheridan)

Brink of Lower Fall

Interesting Fact:  Every second, an average of 37,417 gallons of water plunges 308 feet over Lower Falls.

Get a glimpse of the Lower Falls and Upper Falls.


(Photos by RSheridan)

View of Uncle Tom’s Trail (South Rim area)


One Big Stair Climber – 300 Steps Down + 300 Steps Back Up!!! (Photo by RSheridan)

Lookout Point

Another view point of the Lower Falls.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Grand View

Great vantage point of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the River.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Inspiration Point

It is more than 50 steps down to the overlook and it is a little steep. Another glimpse of the Lower Falls in the distance.


(Photos by RSheridan)

Simply AMAZING & BREATHTAKING!!!


Yellowstone National Park

America’s 1st National Park

I am so excited to see the beauty that Yellowstone has to offer! I have the song “Home on the Range” playing in my head that is how excited I truly am to see this National Treasure.

“Home on the Range”

1st Verse: Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam,

5th Verse: How often at night when the heavens are bright with the light of the glittering stars,

6th Verse: Oh, I love these wild flowers in this dear land of ours,

Checking Off Items on the Travel Bucket List

Item #1

A NEW State; Idaho! I have not been to Idaho and I am looking forward to exploring the Idaho Falls and Twin Falls areas. I have a feeling that WATER will be a recurring item on this trip. Falls, Geyers, Lakes – Oh My!

Item #2

The Beautiful Yellowstone National Park! First up camping in Yellowstone. Hopefully by camping in two different areas will put a dent in this park on the first visit. Next up hiking and wildlife viewing in Yellowstone.

The Canyon area of Yellowstone offers the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Upper and Lower Falls of Yellowstone and Hayden Valley (great area to view the locals; wildlife that is!). The Grant Village area of Yellowstone offers Yellowstone Lake and other great outdoor adventures. The Old Faithful area of Yellowstone I hope does not disappoint with the Old Faithful Geyser and I would love to check out the Old Faithful Inn.

Item #3

The Grand Tetons National Park! Going to do a drive through and hopefully stop along the way through to check out the beauty of this place. Making a stop in the Jackson, Wyoming area. Enjoy the Wide Open Places!

Please Share Your Experiences with Yellowstone. Love to hear what you like, loved, hot spots, etc.

Happy Traveling, Exploring & Adventuring Everyone!!!


U.S. National Parks

I have visited my fair share of National Parks throughout the years. I want to see Yellowstone in Wyoming and Zion, Bryce and Canyonlands in Utah. I have a few favorites, however; every experience is unique and lets you create your own experiences that will last a lifetime. Some experiences remind me of my childhood while other experiences remind me of the time spent there with my spouse. I have found a new passion in my life through traveling and hiking – landscape photography and now have found a passion for writing about my experiences.

There have been encounters with wildlife – bears, deer, coyotes, marmots, squirrels, lizards and a bat – yes a bat – a bat decided to roost on the outside of our tent trailer and we did not know it was there until we went to close up the trailer. Then we headed to The Redwoods and had our very first close encounter with a bear – one smelly bear with a lot to chuff about that bumped our trailer at 4 am – we did not request a wake up call but received one anyway!

Get out there and visit your parks – the adventures await and remain with you for a lifetime.

Squirrel in Yosemite trying to get a handout – SAY WHAT! No Trail Mix for Me! (Photo by RSheridan)

California:
Yosemite (a favorite)
Redwood National & State Parks (had our 1st bear encounter here)
Alcatraz Island (another favorite)
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Check Out the Bumpass Hell Trail – interesting, smelly and  expect  to be covered in white, gray dirt on the hike in and back)
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Devils Postpile National Monument
Point Reyes National Seashore (Gorgeous & the Cows make Great Cheese – mmmm)
Death Valley National Park (drove around it – would like to go back for an actual visit)

Oregon:
Crater Lake National Park (Water So Blue and an Island called Wizard Island)
Oregon Caves National Monument

Nevada and Arizona and Hawaii:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (drove across the Hoover Dam – cool!)
Grand Canyon National Park (Majestic)
USS Arizona Memorial (an important part of American History)

Montana and Wyoming and South Dakota:
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument (Remember Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie)
Mount Rushmore National Monument
Badlands National Park

Arkansas and Tennessee and Florida:
Hot Springs National Park (the hot springs still run under the streets and most fountains have hot water coming out of them)
Great Smokey Mountains National Park (a favorite)
Everglades National Park (went on an air boat tour and there was a gator guarding the dock to the boat)

Travels Abound – Get Out There!!!


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