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Hiking! Hiking! Hiking!!

June 14, 2014

Today, Friday, June 13th 2014, we got up early and got to it.

To start our adventure, we spotted three Black Bears and a Mule Deer within an hour of driving in the van. After watching a beautiful sunrise, we headed out to the Lamar valley where we saw huge herds of bison, Pronghorn, a Bald Eagle, a Western Tanager and more. We then met up with Dan Hartman, a Yellowstone wildlife photographer, who took us on a rugged, off trail hike for around four hours. He took us to see a fascinating Great Grey Owl nest with a mother and her chicks in it that took Dan three years to locate. After seeing beautiful meadows, wildflowers, scenery, and cliffs, we decided to scale a ridge where we found elk antlers, moose tracks, and other small things. We discovered a great view! We then had another rare discovery, the Columbia Spotted Frog, in a pond nearby. During lunch, we spotted a Uinta Ground Squirrel and a Black Bear. After, we hiked to Trout Lake where we spent time watching the Cutthroat Trout jumping out of the stream and reflecting on the day’s experience. We then traveled to Dan’s photography gallery and browsed, while some of the JC’s had wood chopping contests. We are going to spend the night tonight at the Grizzly Lodge and are super excited for our adventures tomorrow!

-Charlotte Talbott
-Ruth Parsons
-Eli Parker
-The rest of the group (:

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Group hiking through the meadows near Pebble Creek.

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Picnic lunch at Soda Butte Creek.

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Though we didn’t have a chance to write about it before now, on our first evening we explored the Mammoth terraces as the sun set. We hiked down through fields of wildflowers and caught nice views of the thermal features in the twilight.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie McLaurin permalink
    June 14, 2014 2:22 pm

    Sounds like you guys are having a great time!! Keep posting pics. Love ya Charli

  2. June 14, 2014 5:21 pm

    Wow, that is an amazing picture of the twilight on the mammoth terraces. Any photos of the wood choppers?.;-)

  3. Mickey Jo permalink
    June 16, 2014 9:35 am

    So many cool discoveries. Lucky you. What a beautiful place. Tell me more.

  4. megan permalink
    June 17, 2014 2:44 pm

    What sort of small things did you see on your hike? HOORAY for AMPHIBIANS! Was the spotted frog spotted? Did you get pictures? Did you catch it?

    • June 19, 2014 8:10 pm

      Megan, the spotted frog was spotted on its back and I did take some pictures. We tried to catch one but without a net they were just too quick!

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