Exploring Yellowstone National Park, August 18, 2014
These motorcycle riders are doing the right thing, getting off their bikes for the parade coming from the other direction.
Of course, motoring on through might have been just as right, but getting off and putting their bikes between them and the buffalo is better that what we’ve seen some motorcyclists do around buffalo.
We’ve come across lone buffalo, always a bull, meandering down the road leading a parade of vehicles a number of times in our past visits. A couple of times, we’ve been in the column following one.
After we got into Hayden Valley on our way to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, we came across a critter caused traffic jam.
More bear! – at least 3 grizzlies, probably 4.
At the time, we thought there were 3 bears, possibly 4. I later determined that there was, in fact, a 4th bear after comparing several of the images that I took . In the photo below, 3 are easily identified. There are also 2 other dark brown areas. In comparisons with other photos, the brown area on the left never changes. I believe it may be a carcass the bears have been feeding on. The brown area on the right, however, turns into a bear in other images, with the brown area gone, though only one or other bears in the picture with it at the same time. This is the only photo with all 4 bears in it at the same time.
This time our plan was to take the South Rim trail to Artist Point and back.
Along the way we came across a sign with some Presidential history.
At Artist Point before heading back.
After the hike, we decided to head further north in the park, which I’ll share in the next post.