In such surroundings – occasional as our visits may be – we can achieve that kind of physical and spiritual renewal that comes alone from the wonder of the natural world.
To celebrate our wedding, Melissa and I did something we have never done – went to our favorite place, without a group. While we have had a day or two to ourselves here and there over the years, we were always prepping for a group’s arrival. This time, it was just us, and we were going to do another first – camp and backpack in Yellowstone. Even though I have been there over 40 times, I had never camped in the park or backpacked. So, this was going to be something special…except the weather decided maybe we needed a reminder of our inability to control things in this amazing landscape. It decided to rain, and rain, and rain a bit more. An entire day of rain on our first full day in the park and that was something I had never experienced in all my trips. But, it turned out to be just fine as we had a chance to spend time with friends and relax a bit, which has always been tough when leading a group.
Here are a few of the highlights of our time in our shared paradise (oh, and I just returned from dropping Melissa off at 4 a.m. at the airport so she can lead a trip to Yellowstone with a youth group from the museum, lucky her)…
It was a great trip for birds…
Other wildlife made an appearance as well…
And, as usual, the scenery was fantastic…
Thank you, Mary Kay.
Ow how I miss Yellowstone. The landscape and animals are great! Hope you had a wonderful time!!
It was, as always, special.
Wowsers. Takes my breath away.
Love the photo of the pronghorn’s head from behind. And, oh, that momma bear-baby bear discussion shot – heart melting! I remember hiking in the Dunraven Pass area looking for grizzlies. Beautiful place. Glad you had a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing the remarkable wildlife.
Besides having a great trip, you got great shots to share in your presentation for the CH Bird Club this upcoming season!
I was trying!
From the photos, your time in the Park was exquisite despite the rain. Nice to see how much we missed in our several visits. But we didn’t miss it all… :<)
Always special no matter the weather.
Beautiful photos! We were there earlier this month and had weather ranging from 70 degree days to snow falling. Yellowstone is always a magical kind of place.
That photo of the tree swallow…so cute!!
Thanks. They are very photogenic.
Oh my, what a beautiful collection of photographs! You caught so many great wildlife shots! And the general scenery is incredible. Thanks for the wonderful photos and descriptions.
You are welcome. Happy blogging.
Thanks for sharing — the quote, the photos, your love of nature.
Mike. Congratulations! What a wonderful honeymoon trip!! Question: is the golden eagle 🦅 nest on the cliffs to the right of the road Just before you get to the first campsite area at Slough Creek? Thanks! Betsy
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Thanks, Betsy! Yes, that is where the eagle nest is. And the peregrine nest is on the left side of the second pullout past Calcite Springs overlook headed toward Tower. It is the pullout that has a curb in it. You must be out there now…have fun!