Entering Yellowstone at the North GateRight off the bat when you enter Mammoth Hot Springs you come across tons of elk. Very cool and very strange. I'll admit that being an Alaskan kid you become accustomed to being around a fair amount of moose and their tendencies to be casual towards humans and our habitat, but this is out of the ordinary. I was flabbergasted at how indifferent the elk were towards humans in Mammoth. A perk to this time of year is that it is rutting season and rightly so we spotted a feisty buck and his beautiful rack. But, what actually made it fascinating was not that the buck and his expectantly aggressive nature but rather the stupid tourists that were trying to get close so they could get a great photo. In some demented way I wish we stuck around to surely see that buck chase after some way-too-close touron.
After Montana we headed south to Yellowstone National Park. I was eagerly anticipating the four days we had planned for Yellowstone: I had never been and the images that I have seen since I was a young kid made it seem like a very special place. Additionally, the month before our trip the August cover story for National Geographic was on Yellowstone and it's slumbering supervolcano that lies beneath, a sure sign that our road trip was destined for some cool experiences!
Typical Yellowstone sighting: wildlife being wild and stupid tourists not too far away with their cameras thinking it's a good idea
It's amazing what great photos you can get from the car when an animal steps in front of you (okay, well minus the fact that she's crossing the street and there is a building and vehicles behind her)
Camping just outside of the park near Cooke City in Icebox Canyon, we completely understood the reason why this canyon is named Icebox after only camping for one night
Cody using his master boy scout skills getting the campfire lit, I would completely feel safe in the middle of nowhere with this guy. Between his own learned wilderness knowledge and his intense fascination with shows like Surviorman, he's a man of many skills.