It is hard to admit, but my 50th birthday showed up even though I was strongly against it. To make the eventful day a just bit easier, Betsey and my Mom set me up on a wildlife photo trip of my choice. Yellowstone and wolves were the target choice, and after a bit of web searching I settled on a spring adventure with Yellowstone Wolf Tracker.The hosts are Nathan Varely and Linda Thurston who are highly respected biologists, have an intimate knowledge of the park and are dedicated to the preservation of this diverse eco-wildlife system.
In one word the trip was magical! I have been through Yellowstone on a mad bus ride, but this was a methodical overview of three main areas of Yellowstone wildlife and scenery that so captivated Teddy Roosevelt he helped create the world's first National Park. From the Roosevelt arch that greets you as you enter, every turn you take is a fresh chance to glimpse and take home memories of something very special.
We concentrated on three main areas of the park: The northwest corner that included Mammoth Hot Springs (park headquarters), Tower-Roosevelt and Antelope Valley: the northeast portion of the park with the famed Lamar Valley, Soda Butte Canyon and Silver Gate and Hayden Valley close to Yellowstone Lake and the park center. Each section held it's own unique attraction and provided for a diverse glimpse of this multi-layered gem. I have provided a general overview map as lifted from the NPS web site.
Our next stop is the Tower-Roosevelt area, and as usual I will let the pictures do most of the talking.