Monday, August 6, 2007

Days with m' kin

On Wednesday my dad and brother got here after leaving Ohio on the previous Friday and seeing the sights along I-90 in South Dakota and Wyoming.

The first day that they were here we went on a 10 mile hike in Pelican Valley to Turbid Lake, an area that is supposed to be full of bears. But alas, no bears. We did however see a wolf print on the path that was pretty cool.

After the Pelican Valley hike, we traveled north to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and saw the Upper and Lower Falls which are huge.

After that we went farther north to Tower Falls where we did a little off path hiking onto a sweet rock bank along the Yellowstone River.

Then finally we traveled even farther north to the Lamar Valley and may have witnessed the first attempted buffalo sexual act of the season! And we got to see two Proghorns running at near top speed as one was chasing the other. Plus a coyote sighting.

The next day we decided to climb Mt. Washburn at an elevation of 10,243 ft. The hike up and down wasn't particularly hard but I did get quite sunburnt. We also got to see 5 bighorn sheep ewes on the north slope of the mountain and 2 blue grouse. Then since we exited at a different trailhead than the one we started from, I had to hitchhike 5 miles back to the car and then drive back to pick up my dad and brother. Met a nice couple from Darbershire, England.

On Saturday I had to work, so the two of them went off on their own thing. In the afternoon I went on a hike of Pelican Creek with Jenn and Hil. We saw some cool views and a gnarly tree on the hike. It was sad though as it was our last hike with Hil as she left this morning bound for home in Michigan.

Well that's what I've been up to recently. Now, does anyone know the way to Old Faithful?


YOMAMMA said...

Hey Colin!! Great pictures as always. Looks like everyone is having a great time. Wish I was there!! Did you like everything in the box this time?? Let Grandma and I know and we can get another mailed to you ASAP. MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU LOTS!! MOM

go go gadget gps locater! said...

so, this is the right way to old faithful right?....actually no, we enjoy driving 20+ miles in the wrong direction to get to our final's more...scenic...yes...