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Trip Report - Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs - Oct 2-10, 2010

Trip Report - Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs - Oct 2-10, 2010

Sep 1st, 2010, 04:50 PM
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PS - two of the best areas I know of to see moose:

In Grand Teton Natl Park on the dirt road that goes from Jackson Hole Ski Resort to Moose Jct.! Early morns and dusk.

Also, all around Jackson Lake Lodge and Coulter Bay. Tons of moose! I'm very surprised you didn't see any wildlife on your Swan Lake hike. I do that hike every time I go up and I always see moose and the beautiful trumpeter swans (hence the lake name).

Part of it is the time of year. At peak summer - Aug - most of the animals go up to the higher altitudes - griz especially. That's where their food is during August.
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Sep 1st, 2010, 04:54 PM
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Grand Geyser - you didn't have to wait as long as we did! We waited 2.5 hours for it to go! It teased us for an hour with the basin filling up and little eruptions coming up that were about 1 foot high....finally when it went, it was so worth it! Lasted a very long time, much longer than Old Faithful and was very high.

It looks like Old Faithful was shooting higher than when I saw it last. Lucky you! The geysers do vary, even Old Faithful.
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Sep 1st, 2010, 05:17 PM
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I think you got the numbers wrong 44,47,48 aren't in the deer family.

So 64 is a fox. Thanks.

After Swan Lake we were going to do the Lakeshore Trail on the other side of the Colter Bay visitors center. But it started to rain and some thunder so we decided to call it a day and go down to Jackson Hole.

We took the outside GTNP road and we passed a ranger truck. We saw the ranger about 50 yards away carrying a rifle. That was in the middle of the hunt for those escapees.

Dayle, I'll be in your part of the world the end of next week. I'm going on a brief hiking trip (3 days plus travelling days) with my daughter.

We'll try to do the following:
Zion Kolob scenic drive, Kanarraville Creek Trail (very doubtful if we'll have time on Day 0 to do even part of this - depends how quickly we get out of LAS and how short our Walmart stop is).

The next day Devil's Garden, Lower Calf Creek Falls (what's the water like this time of year), Willis Creek Slot Canyon, possibly Grosvenor Arch, Bryce Canyon Mossy Cave and a few viewpoint stops in the park.

Day 2 would be sunrise at Bryce Point and Navajo Loop - Queens Garden hike, Cedar Breaks scenic drive, Cascade Falls hike (off Rte 14), Zion Canyon Overlook (depending upon construction - parking), Riverside Walk.

Day 3, Angel's Landing up to Scouts Lookout, Emerald Pools and maybe a quick stop in Valley of Fire Park on the way back to LAS.

Full enough? We'll see which one of us yells "uncle".
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Sep 1st, 2010, 05:50 PM
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Sorry, I guess I wrote down the wrong numbers! But, maybe you can pick out the elk from my description.

Have a great time with your daughter. You guys will be tired, but happy! We had a cold front go through, but temps will be back to summertime this coming week. Of course, you know the higher altitudes will be colder at night this time of year.

Calf Creek Falls should be nice enough to enjoy! Southern Ut has had a lot of "monsoon" this summer.
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Sep 1st, 2010, 06:33 PM
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OK, took the dog for a walk and I was enjoying your excellent pics so much, I looked at more.

44 is a sheep
the spotted babies are deer, I'm quite sure
47, 48, & 49 are definitely a nice bull elk
69 is an elk cow
76 is a marmot
99 is a pine martin (biggest & most aggressive member of the weasel family)!!! How exciting! I've never even seen one!

And - considering your bison and bear shots - I REALLY REALLY hope you have one heck of a zoon lens....fantastic pictures.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 02:53 AM
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Thanks for the id. I think I'll put them in the descriptions in the next few days.

My zoom lens is not very long. In fact it's way underpowered. It's only a 55-250mm. Some of those who do this often had 400-600mm lenses.

For the bear shots I didn't use the zoom on the last two and for the first two I had it on the camera but it wasn't zoomed all the way.

I guess I was a little too close.
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Sep 2nd, 2010, 07:23 AM
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It's lucky you're still with us and all in one piece. I know you don't like heights, but what you should really be concerned about is the wildlife. You were WAY TOO CLOSE!
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