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Jackson Hole/Yellowstone weekend

post #1 of 21
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While some of you were hiking for turns Columbus Day weekend, we were just checking out the transition from autumn to winter within the Yellowstone ecosystem.

Hiking along Jenny Lake with Teewinot, the Grand, and Owen in the background.


Upper Falls of the Yellowstone.


Some of the fauna of Yellowstone Park.






Winter makes a brief appearance along the Snake River.




post #2 of 21
This is a great time to hit Yellowstone. The buffalo are down from the mountains and the elk are gathering up harems. The taller mountains have snow and the cool, damp weather makes the geothermal features more prevalent. Best of all the bus loads of clueless tourists wanting a quicky Epcot experience are gone.
post #3 of 21
But watching a a good goring of a tourist is so much fun! Mommy, watch me pet the baby moose.......
post #4 of 21
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This is a great time to hit Yellowstone. The buffalo are down from the mountains and the elk are gathering up harems. The taller mountains have snow and the cool, damp weather makes the geothermal features more prevalent. Best of all the bus loads of clueless tourists wanting a quicky Epcot experience are gone.
I guess I lucked out then. I went in late Sept (some years back) and saw LOTS of elks and bisons.

And I thought they're always there year round!
post #5 of 21
I cannot believe how stupid the people in Yellowstone can be around the animals. We were there a few years ago in mid-September. I suppose we were lucky, as well, because you could not turn around without seeing elk and bison. (My wife and I looked at each other dumbfounded when we overheard a guy at a geyser basin near the lake tell a ranger that he had yet to see a bison or elk anywhere and ask where should he go to see some.)

The elk were already getting aggressive. At Norris, the trail was closed from Steamboat all the way back around to where the trail loops back to the entrance. So what were the people at Mammoth Hot Springs doing to the giant male watching over his harem? Walking up within 3 -4 feet and taking flash photographs. The next week, he had to be tranquilized and relocated after he started attacking cars.

At Old Faithful, these two young bison were fighting while a group of about 20 people, camcorders everywhere, walk up within several yards to film. Until this huge, old bison that was watching the fight decided to charge at them. It looked like the start of a marathon.

Then there was the guy on the walk around Jenny Lake who thought that the sign saying not to take any food past Hidden Falls because of the large number of recent bear sightings didn't apply to him. There he was with a footlong sub sandwich on the big rock at the top of the hill past the falls where you can look back over the lake or up the canyon between the peaks.
post #6 of 21
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Fuller size images - sorry about the Thumbnails

This size gives a bit better view:













post #7 of 21
That sure is a pretty part of the country. Wish I could visit there sometime.

Really nice photos, Bill. Thanks for putting them up.
post #8 of 21
Hey bill.
I'm back from my 2 years of Adventure in New england! (at least physically, I'm not sure my head has moved back to Logan yet, it sure struggles at USU.) Anyway, I was at henry's lake this weekend and it was so beautiful. we saw four moose on the trip including a few on our cabins front lawn. We almost hit a coyote and saw numerous eagles and antelopes. Yellowstone in the fall is so peaceful. Glad you had a nice trip. Hope fully we'll bump into each other one of these days. if not I'm sure Ill see you this winter at the beav. Take care!
duke
post #9 of 21
Damn Duke, I was in West Yellowstone Sunday on my way to the park. We could have gotten together for a beer.
post #10 of 21
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That sure is a pretty part of the country. Wish I could visit there sometime.

Do try and fit a bit of a getaway into your schedule, Bob. There are a few scenic spots to be visited.
post #11 of 21
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Hey bill.
I'm back from my 2 years of Adventure in New england! (at least physically, I'm not sure my head has moved back to Logan yet, it sure struggles at USU.)

Hope fully we'll bump into each other one of these days. if not I'm sure Ill see you this winter at the beav. Take care!
duke
Good to have you back in town Duke. Are you spending money on dates or skis?
post #12 of 21
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Good to have you back in town Duke. Are you spending money on dates or skis?
well so far the bill for dating is in the tens of dollars and the bill for ski gear is in the hundreds.
post #13 of 21
Gorgeous. I love, love, love that area and wish I had reason to get up there more often.

I especially like the Snake River shot. Thanks for sharing!
post #14 of 21
Gorgeous photos, Bill. Making me miss the Tetons, ALOT!
Thanks so much for sharing!
post #15 of 21
It's one of my favorite places. Thanks for sharing the nice pics!
post #16 of 21
nice pics Bill....Yellowstone is usually elbow to elbow in wildlife photogs that time of year but are known to trip over those long lens.... Looks like it's not long before the gates are closed to cars for the season...thanks for sharing.
post #17 of 21
Great pix! Thxs for sharing.

I took a snowmobile tour from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful and back in Feb. 05. It was cold, windy, snowing, and amazing. The park is very quiet in Winter and there are plenty of wildlife and geothermic wonders to see. The odd part was how remote it was and then you arrive at this modern visitor center with a restaurant and gift shops. My favorite part was seeing the dozens of snowmobiles instead of cars in the parking lot.
post #18 of 21
Thanks for the beautiful photos. I've never been out there this time of year. I spent 2 weeks in July in and around the Teton National Park, the Teton Wilderness and the Bridger Wilderness. It is my favorite place, perhaps my idea of paradise, all the commotion around Jackson excepted. I hope to get out next summer for an extended backpack into the Teton Wilderness. Open space, mountains, rivers, meadows, lakes, wildlife, wow! While I envy those who are able to live there, I am disturbed by all the growth around Jackson and west of the pass. It seems somehow to be one of those places, like Alaska, that people should visit but few should actually live there. Wags will probably point out that is only a matter of time before Jackson/Wilson are an unpopulated community of unnocupied second homes but meanwhile I see the place becoming Disneyworld.

Oh well, sure is beautiful.
post #19 of 21
Bill,

I keep on following this thread and enjoying these pictures again but thought I ought to let you know that they are really awesome.

BTW, it's been way too long since we've skied. Are you going to come down to the gathering in February?

Best, Si
post #20 of 21
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Great pix! Thxs for sharing.

I took a snowmobile tour from West Yellowstone to Old Faithful and back in Feb. 05. It was cold, windy, snowing, and amazing. The park is very quiet in Winter and there are plenty of wildlife and geothermic wonders to see. The odd part was how remote it was and then you arrive at this modern visitor center with a restaurant and gift shops. My favorite part was seeing the dozens of snowmobiles instead of cars in the parking lot.
I can imagine just how much nicer still, when the snowmobiles are gone!
post #21 of 21
I live in Jackson year round. My advice other than winter for skiing of course is to visit in the fall, late Sept or early Oct if your schedule will allow it. Its warm in the day and cool at night, the color can be outstanding, and its uncrowded. Just newlyweds, nearly deads, and neverbreds. Elk bugling is great on the inner park road after its closure at the end of Oct. You can walk, bike, or rollerblade until the snow falls. If your really cagey come in the summer and avoid the parks and recreate in the Snake or Gros Ventre ranges on national forest land. All the beauty without the people or regulations.
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