August 15, 2011
We got up early to try and beat most of the traffic in the park. We had only gone a few miles into the park when we met this buffalo walking right along the roadside.
We drove on up the western Loop Road toward Mammoth Spring, near the north entrance to the park.
Because of road construction the Upper Loop road was closed, so we passed on trying to walk around the springs.
A little further down the road we spotted this thing. Don't know just exactly what it is.. maybe a coyote or some coyote / dog cross.
Around the visitors center and the commercial there were nearly a hundred elk just hanging around on the lawns and in the esplanade of the main road.
We also headed out to the northeast entrance through Lamar Valley where we saw hundreds of more buffalo, but I won't bore you with a lot of buffalo pictures.
We also stopped at the Tower Falls Overlook to get a view of these real nice falls. The visitor center at this location was fairly new and very nice.
More on our third trip to YNP in the next blog.