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Junior Curator Yellowstone Trip Day 4

June 18, 2018

“Okay JC’s!” Melissa shouted to the damp flock of teenagers. One by one, they began quieting down, sitting in a circle despite a brief squabble over who would sit next to the radiator.

“What do we want to add to today’s blog?”

Murmurs rippled through the group as ideas were mulled over. It was amazing how one day could be packed with so many exciting options.

“What about the snow this morning?” Alaina offered, tentative in her response. The group considered this, it HAD been memorable after all. Snowballs were thrown, words were written, they even went ‘sledding’ in just their pants! There were a few giggles at the memory.

JCs sliding down a slope in the last snow on Mount Washburn

JCs sliding down a slope in the last snow on Mount Washburn

“Okay, but that coyote though!” Olivia chimed in.

“Oh yeah! And when it chased that baby elk into the river! Coyotes are metal.” Carson added.

Elk cow and calf safely across the river from a coyote

Elk cow and calf safely across the river from a coyote

“Maybe that can be our band name?” Robert suggested with a shrug. His friends snickered in response.

“Alright guys, back on topic.” Erin grinned at the rambunctious boys.

“Hey, remember when those people got too close to the bison at the thermal features?” Danielle asked after a moment. The JC’s responded with a chorus of oofs. They knew very well how dangerous the large mammals could be, though evidently not all park-goers shared that knowledge.


Lauren measuring the temperature of Mud Volcano

“I dunno, the cutthroat trout were pretty cool.” Robert interjected.

“Yeah, especially when they were jumping!” Alyssa, who had waited a good half hour for the perfect picture of the fish, mused.

“We got some pretty great pictures of that.” Sam added, taking out his camera to demonstrate.

“Speaking if pictures, what about that hawk we saw!” Mavry grinned at the memory.

“Oh yeah! And the pelican was pretty majestic too,” Rumi shared in the excitement, “it was huge!”

Then Melissa said she got a report of a moose and they ran to the vans, the blog forgotten.

By Mavry, Lauren, Robert, and Jason

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori Chek permalink
    June 18, 2018 11:06 am

    Love this account of the adventures, so far! 💜💜💜. I’m sure that the pics will be amazing!!

  2. June 18, 2018 3:46 pm

    Reading this post makes me feel like I’m there with you all! There really is so much to see and do in the park. I hope to hear about the moose hunt in the next post.

  3. megan permalink
    June 19, 2018 9:59 am

    Great dialogue!!! I’m glad your spirits are staying high in spite of damp weather! What was the second frog species you found?

    • June 20, 2018 12:32 am

      We saw the boreal chorus frog and the Columbia spotted frog. And we did see tiger salamanders in Isa Lake too!

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