June 21, 2013 – Farewell to Yellowstone
Today was our final trip through Lamar Valley. Although it was an optional trip, everyone wanted to go. Lamar is full of bison, deer, elk, and pronghorn, who are most active in the morning. So we all piled in the car at 5am with binoculars in hand.
Our first sighting was a black bear sitting in the dawn of the day. As we drove further we saw a spectacular sunrise. Next, we encountered pronghorn fighting and wondered if they were playing or really fighting. We drove up and back through the valley keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife and were excited to finally see a bull moose munching on willow.
As we traveled one last time through this awe inspiring place, we all sat in silence contemplating on how fortunate we were to be involved in the Yellowstone Institute.
On the plane ride home we reflected on the tracks Yellowstone has left on our souls, just like the tracks we saw throughout the park.
“Then, with a fresh heart, go down to your work…and look back with joy to your wanderings in the blessed old Yellowstone wonderland.” John Muir