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June 14, 2013 – A place of constant change

June 15, 2013

Today was a day of AMAZING changes! We started our day at Mammoth Hot Springs with a jack rabbit encounter and a hike up to Canary Springs. The travertine terraces deposited by the hot springs are in constant transformation; Melissa observed that one section was not present on her last visit in January.

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We got to meet with Park Ranger Beth Taylor and learned many interesting facts about the past, present, and future of Yellowstone. While the group visited with Ranger Taylor a cold wind began to blow and it started to snow, in mid June! After some shopping at the Yellowstone Association Headquarters, we enjoyed a delicious lunch including elk burgers and bison meatloaf. On our way to hike Monument Geyser Basin trail we observed a mother pronghorn and her twin fawns, what a sweet treat! We stopped several times to observe a mountain goat, three bison walking down the road, a trumpeter swan, and a herd of bison with several calves. On our uphill hike we encountered several different types of weather. We walked through rain, sleet, hail, and thunder… IN MID JUNE! On the hike back, we experienced heavy snow and hail. As if on cue, the clouds parted and we were treated to a beautiful rainbow. We finished our incredible day of changes with good food and fellowship.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lou Skrabec permalink
    June 15, 2013 11:31 am

    Soak it in, get some sleep, and expect it to keep getting better!
    It’s a special place!
    Lou Skrabec
    2012 Yellowtone Institute

    • June 19, 2013 9:18 am

      Lou, we are missing you birding expertise! Did see a golden eagle nest though, and was really neat to see the female goldeneye swimming underwater at Trout Lake. You would have loved it!

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