Yellowstone, Day 2: Lost Lake Trail and Lamar Valley

We may have overdone it a bit today.  After a four-hour hike and then a wildlife drive, we didn’t have dinner until nearly 10, and didn’t get home until midnight.  We were exhausted, but we sure had fun!

We started the day by visiting a momma bear and her cub.

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Then we stopped to see a petrified tree and take a little walk.

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ground squirrel

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This bison added a little extra fun to both the beginning and end of our hike.

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yellow-bellied marmot

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We saw lots of animal tracks – including black bear

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black bear and bison

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coyote?

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bear scratches on a tree

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ground squirrel

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red-tailed hawk

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In a few places, our trail was blocked so we had to put a little extra work into it!

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It was actually a beautiful spring day, but there was still some snow!

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What we looked like halfway through the hike – this was just before Mr. Bang laid down on his rock and closed his eyes.

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We were right next to these guys before we even realized it!

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yellow-bellied marmot

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not the friendliest-looking ants!

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what we looked like 3/4 through the hike

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the views made the work worth it!

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elk

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Our bison friend eagerly greeted us at the end of our hike

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We had to go off path to avoid him.

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We had to go off trail because the bison was making his way up the trail.

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By the time we got to the parking lot, he was sitting at the end of the trail, blocking it.

As we drove through the Lamar Valley, we saw huge herds of bison, many elk, and three coyotes.

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There was a wolf den here. About twenty minutes before we arrived, several wolf pups had been outside playing. We waited about an hour, but never got see any.

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While waiting for wolves, Mr. Bang had the time of his life climbing dirt.

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Pronghorn

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We saw two coyotes and this fox.

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This is part of a Yellowstone series.  You can view the other days here:

Geyser Basins  Lost Lake Trail and Lamar Valley   Upper Geyser Basin   Just a Picnic   Mammoth Hot Springs   Canyon   National Geographic Experience

3 thoughts on “Yellowstone, Day 2: Lost Lake Trail and Lamar Valley

  1. Whew! I would have been exhausted with that much hiking. We saw that same petrified tree. I recognize the tree, and I recognize the fence around it. We didn’t do as much hiking out into the land. We stayed mainly on the official trails. We were amazing that we saw so MANY animals. What an experience for the kids.

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