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  • Yellowstone Spring 2015 Trip Report: Days 10-12 (May 20-22)

    Day 10, May 20 Wednesday was a day off from the park for me, as we caught up on work back in Silver Gate. We did have friends over for our traditional spring pancake breakfast, which was punctuated by a surprise grizzly sighting! The bear emerged from the woods and was heading at the cabin when our excited babbling (I

  • Yellowstone Spring 2015 Trip Report, Days 8 & 9 (May 18 & 19)

    Day 8, May 18 It was a late night on Sunday, so I opted to sleep in Monday morning. I didn’t want to skip the morning entirely and made it into the park before 9am. I wondered whether I was getting in too late for decent wildlife sightings, but that wasn’t the case. In the western Lamar, a small grizzly

  • Yellowstone Spring 2015 Trip Report, Days 6 & 7 (May 16 & 17)

    Day 6, May 16 Snow. And lots of it. That’s what we were dealing with the moment we stepped outside at 4:15am. Three to four inches had fallen in Silver Gate overnight and it was still coming down. Just as with my last early morning drive to Hayden Valley and the Lake, I was dealing with some brutal visibility behind

  • Yellowstone Spring Trip Report, Days 3-5 (May 13-15)

    Day 3, May 13 I finally got Jenn into the park. Unfortunately, I couldn’t produce a ton of mammal sightings that would draw her out of the car, but the birds were pretty great once again. We drove through an empty Lamar Valley on our way to Slough Creek, where I knew a big crowd would be staking out the

  • Yellowstone Spring 2015 Trip Report, Days 0-2 (May 10-12)

    For the last decade or so, I’ve written live trip reports from Yellowstone during my trips.  The first several reports from my 2015 spring trip were posted on the forums, as in years past.  We switched over to the new site and blog during my trip, so I’ve transcribed the reports here. Day 0, May 10 We departed two