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Here is the Lake Lodge which is set back from the Lake Hotel a bit. It has the tradition National Park “log cabin” feel.

Searching For Bears

After we narrowly avoided becoming a headline for the Peabody Awards, we wanted to check out some bears.

You know, to raise the stakes with a very large animal that can bite or scratch you rather than merely charge you.

For that, we decided to head north of the lake to Hayden Valley.

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This flower was covered in flies.

For that, we decided to head north of the lake to Hayden Valley. The valleys have the best opportunity for spotting bears at a long distance and that’s the distance that you want to see them.

 

Of course Brodie was with us and he knew he could get too close to the bears after the whole bison incident.yellowstone-lake-trip-049

You can tell where there is wild life when you see a lot of people around, cars parked on the side of the road, and a traffic jam.

They call the traffic jams “Bear Jams”.

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We saw the sign as we approached the Hayden Valley. Now, it was a bit late for seeing a bear, about 9 AM, and we expected to see some bison or elk.

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But we heard there were bears!

So, I grabbed my camera and ran across the road and up a hill. Sure enough there was a crowd all looking one way at two grizzley bears.

 

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You can really see the shape when you zoom in.

If I had to guess, I would say the bears were a mile to 1.5 miles away. It felt like a safe distance and it was almost too far to make out.

There was a small herd of bison just next to the hill where all the people were watching the bears. It looked amazing in the morning sun.

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Sulfur Caldron

 

After we saw the bears, we felt very good about the outing. We started to head back south to some other geothermal features.

There are hot springs and steaming vents all over the place. They can pop up nearly anywhere or active features can stop all activity for seemingly no reason.

Here is the edge of the caldron. It was pretty huge and apparently it was filled will sulfuric acid, or at least the pH is 1.3.

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Basking in the sulfuric steam.

Remember how features can pop up? Well, this steam vent showed up in the middle of an asphalt parking lot. It weakened the surface so they had to block it off.

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In case you didn’t know, Yellowstone is a huge volcano. Read more…

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Mud Volcano Area

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This thermal area is one of the park’s most volatile regions. The Mud Volcano has not arrupted since 1871 when the US Geological Survey Team encountered it.

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Elizabeth really liked the steamy spring called Dragon’s Mouth Spring.

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