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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Yellowstone Day 5

16 July 2015

A drive this afternoon back to Mammoth Hot Springs for photos of Lower Terraces and more Elk. For those of you who read my blog, you know I never tire of animal pictures.Also we were told that the best animal viewing is in early morning or evening in the Lamar Valley which is east of Mammoth toward the Northeast Entrance and Cooke City MT.

Since we did the Upper Terrace Drive earlier, we only walked around the Liberty Cap and Palette Spring. The walk is strenuous from the Lower to Main to Upper Terraces with many stairs and inclines. In our 1998 visit this was not a problem for us.

Signage View of Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs Trail Map

View of Walkway Around the Terrace

Liberty Cap was created by a hot spring that was active in one location for many years. It stands 37 feet and was so named because it resembled knit caps symbolizing freedom and liberty during the French Revolution.

Liberty Cap

Palette Spring water flows create pattern hues of orange and brown flowing down a steep ridge.

In From of Palette Spring

There were so many elk around the Visitor Center. They seem not to mind the horde of visitors, vehicles etc. Just content with grazing and napping. Even the calves and cows are not bothered by all the picture taking.

Mother and Calf

Baby Elk

Just Hanging Out

Having Lunch

As Close As I Can Get

Our drive through Lamar Valley to Cooke City in Mt was most scenic with herds of bison, several bears and one pronghorn. A lush area for grazing.

Bison at the Watering Hole

Big Herd

Following Mama

Good Grazing Area
Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley River

Grizzly on the Hill

This Looks Good

Hiding Behind the Tree

Grizzly Sees Something

Black Bear Cub

In Cooke City we had a late lunch at "Cafe Bistro" before driving back to Tower Roosevelt and south to Canyon Village and West Entrance. Got home around 830PM with another Bison Jam delay on road from Madison to West Entrance. By the time we saw the Bison, he was relaxing beside the road.

Cafe Bistro CookeCity MT

Resting Bison that Caused Jam

On the road from Tower Roosevelt to Canyon Village we stopped at Calcite Springs overlook. Also Tower Falls General Store for some delicious ice cream. Since it was getting dark and overcast decided not to do the hike to Tower Falls around 150 yards from the store.

Calcite Springs-Yellowstone River

Another View

Goats Across Calcite Springs

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