"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Monday, January 25, 2010


Yellowstone River east of Tower Junction

Elk by Lava Creek

I am sitting in the gift/coffee/internet shop (High Country Espresso) in Gardiner sipping on a delicious mocha taking full advantage of the internet and completely happy that someone else is running the espresso machine and serving me.

My travels today found me admiring the bull elk by Lava Creek. Besides bison and one coyote this was the extent of my wildlife viewing for today. We received about 6 inches of snow in Mammoth these past few days and it has been giving my broom a workout. Everything looks wonderfully white here, especially the trees with snow on the branches.
I know I have commented on my lack of news in the Park and this really hit home yesterday when I found out that the Minnesota Vikings were in the playoffs. I couldn't believe that I somehow missed this important bit of information. I guess it was a good thing then I wouldn't of had days of anticipation under my belt when they lost last night.
On my last trip into Gardiner (Saturday) I found a ram beside the road. As I took pictures of him Connie pulled up and pointed out the pile of sheep behind me. There were over 20 sheep in all and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them munch their cud. Simple pleasures.