On our return trip from South Dakota we were able to spend a couple of hours in Yellowstone National Park.  It brought back such sweet memories of when my husband and I were going to college in Bozeman and we would spend any spare time camping and hiking around in the park with our three oldest when they were little guys.    It was simply wonderful.  Now we were experiencing it with all our kids, what an amazing place.

Bighorn babies…

Mammoth Terrace…

Would  it be a visit to YNP without seeing elk in Mammoth?

Emma and her daddy.

Bison raising a bit of dust.

With his namesake!

Cow elk, grazing.

A nice sized bull elk.

Bighorn Sheep.

A tired little boy.

Grizzly Bear.

We had decided to stop at a spot to walk through and look at some of the geothermal areas with the kids.  We had thought this spot would be a bit safer than others in respect to worrying about one of our littles falling into something until we spotted the guy above.  At first all we could see was a group of people gathered around and a bit of brown fuzz moving.  We thought it must be a bison with as close as people were and then we saw that it is was a Grizzly!  Whoa!!  It’s not smart to be around a bison that close let alone a bear.  Luckily the guy decided to run off into the trees, towards the trail we were going to go on.  We decided our hike would have to be postponed until our next trip through.  Their were people dumb enough to go running down the trail to get a better look at the bear, some of them with little kids even.  Yikes.  It was still pretty neat to get a quick glimpse of the guy though.

To top it all off, on our way out we were able to stop and listen to this guy bugle back and forth with another bull.   ALWAYS extremely neat!

Just the couple of hours we spent zooming through the park made us decide we will have to return this next year with tents and all the gear to spend more time in this little spot of heaven.

Jenny Matlock

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20 comments on “Yellowstone…

  1. Your pictures are so gorgeous. I hope I get to visit there one day.

  2. Thanks! I hope you will get to visit there someday too.

  3. It truly is a little piece of heaven isn’t it? I need to make another trip there myself!

  4. ajbsandme says:

    We live in Bozeman and get to YNP a couple times a year – wish it was more, but live is busy! Glad you got a chance to drive through and spend a few hours! You saw a lot of wild life for such a short trip.

  5. We did and were so happy. Bozeman is such a wonderful place.

  6. Buttons says:

    Wow your kids are very lucky to be able to see all this beauty with you. They will never forget it as I will never forget these awesome photos. Incredible. B

  7. Pat says:

    Wonderful sights!

  8. Thanks Buttons, they had so much fun too!

  9. I love Yellowstone! I’ve only been once and a long time ago.
    What a great capture of the bugling elk!
    a wonderful set of photos!

  10. Jesh StG says:

    Thanks for sharing your Yellow stone trip with us -magical -but also the pics of the children:)

  11. Absolutely wonderful photos! I haven’t been to Yellowstone in a long while, but we hope to go that way next year on our way to a reunion in Montana. I hope I can get some shots half as lovely as yours!

  12. vbr says:

    thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. we hear about the herds of buffalo that once roamed the land, and it is nice to see that there are still groups of these mighty animals protected in places like yellowstone.
    and, might i also add – your family is simply beautiful.

  13. Nancy says:

    I’ve always wanted to go there and your photos really show the beauty all around — two hours wouldn’t be near enough time I agree. Perhaps a short camping trip? 🙂

  14. beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

  15. imagesbycw17 says:

    Beautiful pictures of a place I will hopefully be able to visit one day!

  16. Thanks for stopping by! Our next trip HAS to be longer! 😉

  17. moosenoose says:

    So jealous! I’ve always wanted to visit Yellowstone!

  18. One of our daughters worked at Yellowstone for a year.

    It was so amazing.

    We drove up a few times to visit her and it was such a magical place.

    Thanks for reminding me of so many happy memories.

    And thank you for linking.


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