16 September 2010

yellowstone park: part II


proof of snow on labor day. luckily we stayed warm and dry. amazingly, the stars were out that night and we saw the big dipper. there is nothing else like the starry sky when you are out in the woods at night.


me standing in line to wash our load of dishes. it's a little known fact that there is a separate facility for washing dishes and brushing teeth. those activities are not allowed at your individual campsite. who knew bears liked toothpaste? i was more than happy to follow bear safety regulations, picking up every last crumb. do not fall asleep with starbursts, gum, trail mix or pretzels in your pockets like you did at girl's camp. or was that just me?


a huge buffalo just moseying down the road one afternoon.


huge as in ginormous. isn't this a fantastic picture? dan gets all the credit.


here we are at the scenic point of upper falls. i thought it was cute that this ranger suddenly sat down next to the boys to get in our snapshot. benji couldn't be more ecstatic if he were mickey mouse.


we wondered if we'd have a chance to see a real bear in yellowstone. the ranger told us at the program one night that the bears are extra hungry during the fall, as they are gearing up for hibernation. ooh, lovely, i thought. sleep tight everyone. later on our trip, while touring the park, we spotted this guy lumbering up the road! (he was across the street from our car, but thanks to the zoom feature on my camera, it looks like we were closer than we really were.) i love the paw flexed mid-step.

next up: waterfalls and landscapes.
keep your camping questions coming, i'll try to answer them all at the end.

13 comments:

Miranda said...

When we were little, a trip to Yellowstone was like, THE vacation of the year. I remember the first year I got to take my own camera with me and the gobs of pictures of hot pools that came back from the developer.

I can't believe you got to see a bear! One year ALl I wanted to see was a moose and the day before we left we did! From the safety of the car, of course.

Heidi said...

So cool, Min. I think I would have flipped out to be camping so close to bears. You're the ultimate camper chic. Way to go! Glad you had so much fun.

Eeny said...

Oh what an adventure.
The bear would have freaked me a bit.

Diane said...

I love your pictures - what a fun adventure.

FYI - at our girls camp, the girls who had candy in their pockets ended up with skunks in their longhouse.

Hil said...

As awesome as Dan's buffalo picture is, that picture with the ranger is priceless!

Elise said...

Oh my! You are SO brave to camp there! We went camping at Red Fish Lake last month and we had bear problems, I thought I was going to loose my mind with fear, and we were sleeping in a trailor!!!

Hannah said...

Camping is a favorite getaway of mine, and Yellowstone is my location of choice. I love all the animals. And diversity. So fun. Your family is darling.

Thelma said...

Our family went to Yellowstone for the first time this summer. I am loving reliving the memories with your pictures. We didn't see a bear so close...but we also had short and t-shirt weather.

A toss up.

allison said...

such incredible pictures!

beyond said...

what an amazing experience this must have been! amazing photos.

Hannah said...

I just showed my fiance your pictures to motivate him to finish building the jeep we will eventually drive to yellowstone..from KY! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family, pictures, stories!

missusem said...

Okay. First thing I should say. Me = NOT BIG CAMPER!! I'm so surprised that you got to take a pic of that bear up close. was it like a teeny guy or a big guy.. because he looked like that ginormous buffalo.. and he's scary enough..

kudos to you girlie..! WOW WOW WOW!

Rachelle said...

your pictures are stunning! you have such a talent. i have to say though, i am SCARED to death now to think of camping in yellowstone since at the thought of being run over by a bear or a buffalo! wow...incredible pictures!

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