Saturday, September 27, 2014

Heads up

I am adding photos to the previous blog posts now that we are home and I can work from the desktop computer. So browse through the previous postings and you will see photos from those days. :) Hope you enjoy them! I am adding the pics to the older posts first so you may have to go back a few. Wendy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Red Lodge Montana

So today we took a circuitous route to Red Lodge, Montana. We drove through Yellowstone NP to the NE entrance and then drove down the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway east to Wyoming and out of the Rockies down to a completely different landscape. It was dry small buttes and washes as far as could be seen. Amazing how much a little time on the road opened up new vistas. The scenic highway followed some of the route of the Nez Perce Indians as they escaped from General Howard. Chief Joseph's band were non-treaty and had fought a battle with the army in their homeland in east Oregon. Expecting retaliation they fled east through the Rocky Mountains in the Yellowstone area and ultimately then north towards Canada. Thinking about traveling by foot or horseback through this country is intimidating. As it was a long drive today and the speed limit on most of the highways in Montana is 70 mph. Tonight we are staying in an old hotel in Red Lodge and then heading early to Billings to begin our flights home. This has been a remarkable trip and we have seen and done so much but I will be glad to get home. Hope all is well with each of you. Wendy Okay this is the last set of photos to add. We drove through YNP to the north eastern entrance and then down the Cheif Joseph Highway. I am including a picture of cottonwoods that lit up in the Lamar River Valley that morning and the last bison hold up we encountered, those are both in YNP. Next is Sunshine Canyon, one of the odd road signs and then vistas of the terrain as it changed becoming much more arid. The last photo is of the old Smith Mine, Google it to learn about the Smith Mine Disaster in 1943.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rainy day so we went to town

Hi all, Today it is rainy so we decided to go explore the town of Livingston. We have checked out all 2 1/2 streets in downtown and stopped for lunch at the Pickle Barrel Cafe. Lots of locals here but then it is end of the tourist season and they are thinning out. It has been a great trip and I am still looking forward to the drive to Red Lodge tomorrow. Head home on Wednesday and then I will finally load some photos for you. Love, Wendy I am including some photos from the Town of Livingston: the train depot, a main street and a residential street. Then some shots from the drive back to the Smith Ranch: a schoolhouse that is in use, and old red barn, a vista of the Paradise Valley and a couple of deer. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Another beautiful day!

Hi there everyone, We have had a couple more lovely days in Yellowstone. Yesterday we drove all the way down to Old Faithful and got there 5 minutes before it went off! Saw lots of other amazing thermal features in the area. It really makes you wonder about the stability of the ground you are standing on. But it was quite a long drive from the north entrance. Today we returned to the Lamar River valley for some fishing and bison watching. Still working on photos. Love you all. Wendy Okay lots of photos again So Above are pics from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Look at the color on the canyon sides! These are photos of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River and Uncle Tom's Trail to an overlook by the falls. Michael made that hike without me. As you see on the sign it is 328 steps at 8000 feet above sea level! The first pic is Old Faithful followed by other thermal features in the area. The colorful photo with green and gold shows the thermophilic bacteria that live in the hot water, the gold bacteria live in the hotter water and others that live in cooler water make the green color. And there I am standing in the middle of the Biscuit Basin area. And one last one of a bison who was rolling in the soda near one of the feature just off the Firehole River.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Slough Creek

Hi ya'll Yesterday Michael and I hiked a couple miles in and over a ridge to Slough Creek. There were these beautiful open meadows along the creek and we hiked across the marsh grass to a spot for Michael to fish. I sat nearby and kept a watch out for bears. We saw lots of bison, some common mergansers (diving ducks) and a bunch of super cute chipmunks. It was a moderately difficult hike but well worth the effort. Hope this finds you all well. And a big HAPPT BIRTHDAY !!! To Alison in the Pacific Ocean on Trevoning. Wendy Okay there was a lot in the last couple of days since I posted so here come a bunch of photos from the first day we drove into Yellowstone National Park and we drove through Mammoth Hot Springs area and saw the thermal features there, along with the resident elk herd, and then drove into the Lamar Valley and out the other side up to Beartooth Pass. Please note the photo Michael took (you can see him in the mirror) as he made me drive down from Beartooth Pass, the curviest road anywhere! And if you want to see the goPro video of the descent just ask Michael! And here are the pics from Beartooth Pass Now here are the photos from our hike to Slough Creek along with lots of bison pics and big horn sheep. Click on the photo above the bison on the road and you will see lots of black specs on the plain-those are all bison. it was like seeing animals in Africa there were some many out on the savanna.