A couple weeks ago we were able to go with my husband on one of his trips and spent a couple days in Bozeman, MT. Our last day there we decided to spend an extra night and do a quick tour through Yellowstone the next day…
Here are the kiddos stretching their legs and doing a bit of balancing in Lamar Valley…
Flehming response: Definition: is a behaviour whereby an animal curls back its upper lips exposing its front teeth, inhales with the nostrils usually closed and then often holds this position for several seconds. It may be performed over a site or substance of particular interest to the animal (e.g. urine or faeces) or may be performed with the neck stretched and the head held high in the air. Flehmen is performed by a wide range of mammals including ungulates and felids. The behaviour facilitates the transfer of pheromones and other scents into the vomeronasal organ located above the roof of the mouth via a duct which exits just behind the front teeth of the animal.
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.
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.
A tired little boy.
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.
Our family had the privilege of taking a family vacation through South Dakota. We had such an amazing time and it was loooong over-due. I think the last vacation we took was over 6 years ago. We’d mention to people where we were going and we would get funny looks, like what’s in South Dakota? We were there for about 7 days and could easily go back and explore more and different places. The bison were photographed in The Badlands National Park and in Custer State Park. We could easily watch these majestic and almost comical looking animals for several hours.