Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Yellowstone, Day 3

When we told people we were headed to Yellowstone, we heard over and over "Watch out for the bears!" Well, I'm here today to tell you that it's not the bears you need to watch out for, it's the buffalo!

This morning at breakfast, I was flipping pancakes on the camp stove, and the kids were at the picnic table eating. Next thing we know, three HUGE buffalo come running straight through our camp. Talk about getting your heart a-pumping!!! And none of us had our cameras at the time. Bummer. :(

Today we went to see Tower Falls, which is a gorgeous waterfall in the northeast part of the park. Then we drove over to Mammoth Hot Springs, which has (sadly) dried up, for the most part. On the way there, we took the Blacktail Plateau Drive, which is a dirt road that kind of parallels the main road. We saw four bears. First, we spotted a mama black bear and her two cubs. WAY cute! Then, we noticed a huge grizzly bear headed over to them. The mama bear sent her two cubs up into the tree, and then charged the grizzly. Wow! Those are things you usually only see on animal shows. It was very cool!

2 comments:

Groovy Mom said...

Wow! The buffalo thing would have had me freaked out. The bear spotting is awesome! You sure got your share of wildlife with this vacation.

GreenJello said...

No kidding! I didn't even write about the up-close Elk who shared our picnic area with us at Mammoth, or the humongous coyote who walked across a trail right in front of us, or all the other bears we saw (I think our total was 13). The kids were in heaven. :)