Home thru Yellowstone – Sunday

I’ve never entered Yellowstone National Park through the East Entrance before.  After driving through some gorgeous places such as Thermopolis, Meeteestse, and Cody I pulled up to the parking booth for the park…

I don’t know what this structure in Cody is, but it’s fascinating.
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I had tossed my parks pass into my bag before leaving, just in case.  So I handed it over along with my drivers license only to be told that I had grabbed the one for last year. Ah well, I’ll need a new one anyway, so here’s hoping I really use this new pass since I bought the one for all of the national parks.  JLS05864

There are a LOT of mountains and winding roads and rivers and waterfalls between Cody and Yellowstone Lake.JLS05879

This is not Yellowstone Lake, but some lovely spot along the way, high up in the mountains.JLS05885

This is Yellowstone Lake
JLS05927 As is this JLS05906

And this
JLS05934 And even this. JLS05955

I entered the park around 3:00 thinking I had plenty of time to reach the Snake River Plain before dark. I had forgotton just how HUGE the lake is, and how long it takes when there are mountain passes and a speed limit of 45-50 mph.

American White Pelicans at Fishing Bridge
JLS05951 There were intermittent dark clouds for most of my drive, but very little actual rain. JLS05982

My only raven photo of the week
JLS05969 As I passed into more familiar areas of the park I decided that I had to take the Firehole Lake Drive. It’s lovely and the sun was starting to go down making the light and the water so lovely. Also there was a chance I’d spot Mountain bluebirds. JLS05989

The bluebirds were kind enough to pose, but the back lighting made it impossible to see their beautiful coloring. The female is on the right and the male on the left on this lovely lodgepole pine. Sadly I couldn’t move around for a different shot because the ground is unstable.

JLS06014 There were Elk, Mule Deer, and of course Bison along the road, and most of the time I didn’t do more than slow down and acknowledge their existence. This bison is one of a herd that had traffic backed up. JLS06034

Yellowstone is very green this season because of all of the spring rain and winter snow. Just lovely.
JLS06060 I was out of the park before dark and down the Ashton hill just as the sun finished setting. I’m very grateful for the long twilight that we get here. JLS06063

It took me a total of 15 hours to drive home, including breaks for fuel and food. It also took 2 Dr. Peppers and quite a number of goodies. The next day I spent sleeping and recovering. — Jenny

Total Bird List for Sunday: Canada geese, Trumpeter swans, Mallards, Gadwalls, Barrow’s goldeneyes, Western grebes, Common mergansers, A. white pelicans, Swainson’s hawks, Red tailed hawks, Osprey, Golden eagle, Caspian tern, Rock doves, E.C. doves, Mourning doves, Kestrels, Prairie falcons, Crows, Ravens, Killdeer, Swallows, Black capped chickadee, Robins, Mountain bluebirds, Starlings, House sparrows, Red winged blackbirds, Brewer’s blackbirds, Brown headed cowbirds, Lark buntings and Magpies.

Total Mammal List for Sunday: Antelope with babies, Bison with babies, Mule deer, Elk, Red squirrels, Yellow bellied marmots, Uinta ground squirrels, other ground squirrels.


One thought on “Home thru Yellowstone – Sunday

  1. you know this isn’t fair. Actually many years ago when I was married to scott, we did this once. quite the trip, he had friends who lived in Thermoplis growing up so we did that. I have some memories of that, I was expecting Preston. Long, long time ago. I do remember how beautiful it was.

    On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 12:26 PM, BlueRavenBirders wrote:

    > blueravenbirding posted: “I’ve never entered Yellowstone National Park > through the East Entrance before. After driving through some gorgeous > places such as Thermopolis, Meeteestse, and Cody I pulled up to the parking > booth for the park… I don’t know what this structure in Cody” >

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