Friday, July 24, 2009

Wyoming Animals

We went to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks. We also spent a few days in Jackson, Wyoming, where we went on some float trips on the Snake River.

American Bison were everywhere in both parks. They like to make dust burrows to sleep in. Some of these are right by the road.

Bison traffic jam. It was fun for the kids to get this close in the safety of the car.

Baby bison, a/k/a Red Dog.

This big guy likes to hang around the Old Faithful complex, along with two females with babies. We stayed in the Snow Lodge and got a surprise. None of the hotels have air conditioning and it was really hot. I mean hot.

Black bear. We went on a sightseeing tour in an old 1930s tour bus. It's nice to go with a guide who can show you where the animals are.

This is an immature bald eagle. We saw it on our Snake River float trip. It's mother or father was in the background, but I wasn't fast enough to get a photo of them together. It was on the log eating a fish that the parent caught for it.

Ground squirrel, Jackson square.

We saw quite a few other animals, some of which dh got a photo of. He has a better camera, so I'll try to put up some of them if he ever downloads them. He took some photos of elk, closeups of the bear and the bald eagle. We also saw a marmot, which is a large rodent-like animal, beavers, a coyote, a fox, weasels, chipmunks, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, osprey, hawks, etc. The kids wanted to see a moose and a wolf, but not this time.

It was a great trip. Both kids are sick now, so we have to get over that. School starts in two weeks and I can't believe our summer is almost over. Dd goes to Sea World camp next week, and I need to plan and have her birthday party before school starts. I am glad to be home and have all the trips behind me for now.



Blogger mermaids said...

very cool photos of the bison. such great creatures.... tasty, too. :)

9:39 AM  
Blogger marit said...

Great photos of the animals! I think I'd come to a halt if I ever met a bison in the middle of the road though...they are big!
Hope the kids are well again, and that your DD is having a great trip to sea world.

12:28 PM  

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