It’s funny how you can live in a place for several months or years and at the last minute there are places you want to see before you leave! Our last two days in Yellowstone were some of the most exciting! When we arrived in May we were able to view the lower falls at Artist Point but the brink of the lower falls and upper falls trails were closed due to snow. We decided to take the short hike to some spectacular views of the upper falls and lower falls.
We have driven through Yellowstone National Park countless times, most often our focus was on the wildlife. The Mud Volcano and Dragons Mouth Spring were definitely something we didn’t want to miss!
Finally, late afternoon as usual, we arrived in Lamar Valley, probably our favorite place to view wildlife in the park, and this evening was no exception. Before to long we spotting a crowd gathering on a hilltop, so we grabbed our spotting scope and joined the crowd. Off in the distance was a grizzly feeding on a carcass that the wolves had brought down. There were at least seven wolves on the scene awaiting their turn on the carcass. We watched them patiently waiting close to the bear, while others were playing and nipping at each other, and off in the distance was one wolf that seemed to be on guard overlooking the scene. Finally the grizzly sauntered off with a full belly and the wolves took their turn feeding on the carcass. Very interesting to watch this pack, a wolf had his share of the food, then went to relieve the lookout for their turn on the carcass. As the sun set, we watched them one by one, head to the same area and disappear into the woods.
We were also on the lookout for friends Phil and Sue, that we met while workamping at Cypress Trail RV Resort in Fort Myers, FL and surprisingly they found us on top of the hill and joined us in this exciting evening.
One of the things on our bucket list was to hear the wolves howl in Yellowstone and before they all left for the woods, they howled to each other! It was time for us to find a spot just outside the Northeast entrance to sleep in the truck for the night so we could be in Lamar Valley early in the morning to hopefully watch the wolves for one last time.
Also on our bucket list was to see a bull elk bugle! Mammoth Hot Springs is known for the elk gathering in the center of town, especially during the rutting season. When we arrived we saw a small bull elk guarding his little harem. It wasn’t long before the big guy showed up trying to keep his harem in line and that is when we heard that beautiful bugle!
It was a magnificent final two days in Yellowstone National Park!
We also were blessed to have Bill and Linda stay at Yellowstone Holiday Resort our last week at the park. Good friends and good food were enjoyed at our favorite pizza place Wild West Pizzeria in West Yellowstone.
We will miss the beauty and splendor of Hebgen Lake and the wonderful people we met while working at Yellowstone Holiday Resort.