Getting a bit behind with these,
A long journey to start today as part of the Yellowstone loop is closed for construction before the winter snows, so we have to travel from West Yellowstone to Mammoth Hot Springs via the Dunraven Mountain Pass. Thankfully the weather is good and the pass is open or we would have had a day long bypass trip.
The journey was broken watching a coyote hunting for mice in the long grass.A good spot from the passenger seat leading to road chaos as every passing car stops asking “what you got?”
Onto Mammoth Hot Springs with its Travertine terracing, not unsimilar to Pamukkale in Turkey. The Liberty Cap is here too, an inactive spring cone, looking like a huge phallus.
The afternoon is taken up by heading for the Lamar Valley for some wildlife, via The Blacktails Plateau, putting the Jeep through its paces on a dirt mountain track.
As we enter the Lamar Valley we hit road chaos with cars abandoned all over, joining in, we are informed the there is a black bear with 3 cubs in the woods, which we just manage to see through a spotting scope before they are gone. But, black bears..tick. Here’s a Bighorn sheep in the road instead.
Our lodgings tonight are in Cooke City, population 140 (2000 census) a one horse town without the horse. Its a real gateway community, popular because it offers easy access for early morning wolf watching in the Lamar Valley…………………………