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Report 1855: Beartooth Corridor and Yellowstone National Park

By teaberry from USA, Summer 2010

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Mr. Grizzly

As if anything could top our three days at Beartooth, the next part of our trip was nothing less than spectacular. We left Red Lodge and traversed the Beartooth Highway to its termination in Cooke City, Wyoming. This town is just outside of the northeast entrance to YNP. As you enter YNP, you are immersed in a conifer forest that twists and turns, and finally opens out into a wide, wide open grassland that goes on for miles and miles. This area is known as Lamar Valley, and is home to all kinds of creatures. We saw dozens of herds of bison and elk, lone wolves, foxes, coyotes, all kinds of birds, goats, ground squirrels, chipmunks, and one grizzly bear. You can always tell when there’s a “significant” animal sighting – just pull over on the shoulder of the road where all the other cars are pulled over. The day we saw our grizzly we had just pulled over with some other cars on the side of a high embankment of a deep, wide stream. Lo and behold, on the other side of said stream was Mr. Grizzly – he was checking us out just like we him. We were only about 30 yards apart, but totally safe. This made for a great photo op.

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