"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

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gone With The Wind

I didn't blow away last night though from the sounds of my roof rattling I thought I might. There is a winter storm warning for Yellowstone and the winds have been howling and it snowed most of yesterday. I saw some limbs that had been drug off the road after they came down in the median north of the Visitor Center yesterday. The only thing left in the road was a covering of pine cones from the limbs. None of the snow stuck to the ground here in Mammoth but there is a coating of slush over the roadways. The interior and higher elevations are expected to get quite a bit of snow.
It is quite a contrast to the bright and beautiful weekend. I went to visit Patrick at Lake. We watched some canines in Hayden Valley but since they were at quite a distance we couldn't tell if they were wolves or coyotes. It seemed most of the other animals were all in hiding since we really had to search to find even a bison, though we did see some across the river from Sulphur Cauldron, one wild and angry one between Canyon and Norris. We finally found a herd heading down the road when we took a trip into West Yellowstone. We stopped at Old Faithful but without eruption info we waited about 40 minutes and decided to head off without seeing it erupt. I did watch one erupt in the distance. Bicyclists were all over the roads enjoying their weekend in the Park.