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We were less impressed by the scenery than by the animals. We got up close and personal with over a dozen animals, from the big three (bison, elk, and bear) to fox, marmot, pika, deer, antelope, moose, and numerous birds (eagle, osprey, and white pelican). It was a lesson in humanity to see how people stop on the road, and get right up in the animals faces taking selfies… and the animals tolerance of this stupidkind. We witnessed one couple charged by a bull elk when people got too close.. they tend to forget that they are wild animals.
For our part, we are trained in our environment (living in the woods), to be respectful of animals and keep our distance. No doubt we could have gotten closer… or a better angle.. but we didn’t want to interfere with the animals.
It was just cool to see them… and the variety we were fortunate enough to witness.
Yellowstone is broken into a circle-8 scenic byway. People warned us how crowded it would be.. but it was less crowded than we anticipated. Maybe it was just the build up from all the ney-sayers. The upper northern loop (on the west side) was far more crowded. This section one can find Old Faithful, and is ‘hot’ with geyser activity… and people. The geyser sections were much more full of people.
Admittedly the geysers were fascinating to observe. But we were happy to stay on the south eastern loop, in the Lake Village where there were less people, and more animals. Which by the way, was also where there was a deadly bear attack the day we arrived, making everyone, locals and tourists alike, bear aware.
Next stop, Grand Tetons. We hope to see moose.