Wyoming

Sunday 1st June 2014

We found a nice campground in the back 40 of Wyoming.  The views were great.  Open expanses of grassland.  They raise a lot of horses out here.  There were a couple of evening thunderstorms. This picture from the campground shows the lovely cloud formations.

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The flowers are blooming.  I have never seen yellow Indian Paintbrush before.  I think this batch just could not decide what color to be.

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The Balsam Root was all over the hillsides.

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On our hike to some waterfalls I needed a little rest.

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After my nap I was ready to take more flower photos. These Pasque flowers are so delicate.

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Now it was Deans turn for a rest.

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Dean picked a nice bag full of wild desert sage.  It smells like regular sage but on steroids.  You can’t eat it.

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However it sure makes a nice foot batch for weary hiker feet.

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We had planned on camping at the Grand Teton National Park but there was a little too much of the white stuff for our comfort level.

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So we moved up the road to Yellowstone National Park.  It was further north but we camped at a lower elevation. I think we must have seen a hundred geysers, bubbling mud pots and of course Old Faithful put on it’s regular show.

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The Grand Prismatic Spring was one of our favorites.  The rising steam was all shades of the rainbow.

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Dean chopped enough wood so we could cook the dinner and watch some caveman TV that evening.

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There were plenty of Elk strolling about. This mom and baby were grazing at the campground.

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We passed this one on a trail.  We got the message and went around him.  The velvet on his antlers looked so fuzzy.

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Nature in it’s full circle.

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There are some large herds of buffalo around the park.  We were stuck in a long line of traffic as a group just meandered down the road. I guess they could not read the 25mph road signs.  We also were lucky enough to spot a wolf scarfing down something he had caught. Did not manage to get a picture of that.

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On our way out of the park we saw an elk scaring a brown bear enough to climb a tree.  We figured she had a baby close by.  We stayed around to watch through the binoculars for a while but it looked like Mexican standoff so had to leave them to it.  Goodbye Yellowstone.  Onwards to Montana.

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