DAY 4 10:28 AM I woke up with a sore throat. A bison munched on grass at the Yellowstone entrance. It was like a little welcome.
The first animal I photographed in the park:
10:07 PM Returned to Cody. I feel like I’m running up a fever. 😷
DAY 5 3:34 PM I forgot the camera back at the inn. Good thing there’s smartphones.
Impromptu restroom lock
It was also unknowingly sharp.
“Due to the Yellowstone Plateau’s high elevation the average boiling temperature at Yellowstone’s geyser basins is 199 °F (93 °C). When properly confined and close to the surface it can periodically release some of the built-up pressure in eruptions of hot water and steam that can reach up to 390 feet (120 m) into the air (see Steamboat Geyser, the world’s tallest geyser). Water erupting from Yellowstone’s geysers is superheated above that boiling point to an average of 204 °F (95.5 °C) as it leaves the vent.
The water cools significantly while airborne and is no longer scalding hot by the time it strikes the ground, nearby boardwalks, or even spectators. Because of the high temperatures of the water in the features it is important that spectators remain on the boardwalks and designated trails. Several deaths have occurred in the park as a result of falls into hot springs.” -Wikipedia, your better tour guide
4:15 PM We waited almost an hour for this geyser, Old Faithful, to set off. Not a big fan of tourists… Too many selfie sticks.
Back in Cody.
I am a bison.
DAY 6 3:44 PM Bison. Bison everywhere! Herds of them in Lamar Valley, away from the crowd. My time of the month finally decided to visit on top of the cold… Best timing ever.
6:59 PM Right outside Yellowstone in Buffalo Bill State Park, we passed a grizzly bear on the other side of the ravine/cliff!
A family full of kids were breaking their necks trying to get a better view. There was already a photographer at the edge of the cliff. He told me the bear had been around for 10 minutes or so, having previously fled into the forest after catching their scent, then returning just now with a gash on its side. “It’s just been in a fight,” he said.
DAY 7 1:29 PM The road back always feels faster. Cold’s practically gone (figures). I’m pumped to go back home and work on ideas and projects. Also, we saw a juvenile moose between Cody and Sheraton.
how’s it hangin
What a fulfilling animal and nature experience. What a complete nightmareto sort through all these photos.