|This is the Yellowstone River cutting through this canyon.
There are two spectacular waterfalls here, the Upper and Lower falls.
In the picture at the right, at the top of the falls on the right hand side, you can barely see where a trail ends at the overlook.
Mitch and Max really liked Artist Point and wanted to come back again. But it wasn't the beauty that attracted them -- it was the staircase's hand railing.
|A mile down the road from our campsite was a mother grizzly
and her two cubs. They would hang out in the meadow or cross the
street to a small lake. We'd go down there a couple a times a day
to see if we could get a good close up of her.
It seemed that each time we arrived, other people had stories about how the bears had just passed by or had been seen chasing an elk.
|We went for a hike on a trail that goes to the bottom
of a waterfall. It has a 500 step iron stairway that is fastened
to the rock cliff. Mitch wanted to push this tree over into the river
a couple a hundred feet below. Cheryl had a fit worrying that he
would slip past the tree and gave a resounding NO!
We didn't make it all the way down the trail. There was still two feet of snow along the pathway that was protected by the shade of the cliff.
|We went as far as we could but then came to a sign that
said that the trail was closed from that point. There weren't many
people on this trail and we were still nervous about what we'd do if we
met up with a bear.
Although we never met a bear on this or any other trail, we did find this track in the snow.
There are a lot of signs warning people not approach the bison. We talked with one of the park's workers who had a bison charge his small car. He and his wife were stopped along the side of the road watching animals. A bison was moving toward him so he started driving away. Since it was a car with a small engine that he towed behind his motorhome, he wasn't able to get quick acceleration. He described his experience like the scene from the movie Jurassic Park. As he accelerated, the bison got closer and closer. When the bison got just inches from the car he finally gained enough speed to avoid him. He said that it couldn't decide whether to take the time to shift gears or just keep the pedal to the floor. Whew! He assumed that the bison was sick or injured, because this situation is a rarity.
By the way, do you know the difference between a Bison and a Buffalo?
|And of coarse, we saw more Bison.|
Buffalo was a name given by the English since the animal
looked similar to a water buffalo. Bison is the real name of these
animals. Beside "Bison Bill's Wild West Show" just doesn't have the
same ring to it as "Buffalo Bill's".
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