WAHOO! Our Old Times on the Grand Tour (aka Yellow Bus Tour) is finally here! We woke up in our little cabin full of excitement for the day. As we walked to the dining room for breakfast, we saw our only bear for the day – on the hillside above the cabin. But that’s okay, we had an incredible day.
Matt had the bus at the front door of the hotel, ready to hit the road.
Our route today took us back to the Lamar Valley.
First stop at a small lake to see the wildlife. The Yellow-headed Blackbirds were in fine voice.
A quick panorama with my camera that also makes phone calls. Beautiful skies all day!
The Lamar River, with some Pronghorn in the distance.
Our new friends were from Maryland, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Thailand. Most had never seen a Pronghorn before.
We stopped by the Osprey nest again. Two birds on the nest today.
Our morning in the Lamar Valley was wonderful. Our tour guide, Nancy, has worked in Yellowstone Park for several years, including a winter doing seminars in the Lamar Valley. At one stop, we saw a Golden Eagle but, sadly, the light doomed my photographic efforts. After a box lunch at a picnic area, we hit the trail for some hiking. Our route took us along the Yellowstone River.
The views were, of course, stunning. This one looking east towards the Bear Tooth Mountains.
And the wildlife did not disappoint. This Pronghorn passed by at about 50 yards. Note that even on June 4, there’s still a winter coat.
As we hiked, we started seeing holes about a foot in diameter just off the trail. Matt grabbed my arm and pointed to dirt flying about 20 yards from the trail. The dirt stopped flying and this guy backed out of the hole.
We continued our hike and reached our destination. Nancy told us something about the geology of the area – I was keeping my eye out for wildlife. We started back to the Yellow Bus. I saw the biggest Marmot I’ve ever seen standing on a rock. He had to be 3 feet tall standing. By the time I got glass on him, he had sat down.
As we approached the area where we had seen the Badger, Nancy suddenly stopped because on the trial just a few yards away – there he was. He ran away, but then returned. I was kneeling down shooting when he started our way. About 20 feet away and closing, he disappeared from view. Note the fresh dirt in the foreground. We gave him a wide berth.
All the while, we heard the Prairie Dogs chirping loudly. Warning each other of the danger nearby.
At one of our stops, a modern bus parked by our Yellow Bus. I like our bus much better!
Still basking in the glow of the wonderful day, we headed to the dining room for dinner. Our dinner was delayed, however, as one of the locals was enjoying their evening meal. A Ranger was nearby, ensuring that the locals were not disturbed the the visitors.
What a glorious day! One more night at Mammoth Hot Springs and then off to other areas of the Park.
Enjoy – PHOTOROGR