The East Gate of Yellowstone opened May 5 and the NE Gate opened May 12. This past Sunday we took a drive through the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, 15 miles north of Cody, and then through Cooke City to Silver Gate and the NE entrance. Our first stop was a picnic lunch along the Soda Butte Creek. Then on through Lamar Valley to Tower Junction and then to Mammoth. The day showed us so many sights and animals. A day in the Park is a always a day to remember.
Spring time in the Rockies comes upon us with gradual awakenings. The first sign is the Yucca plant showing its spikes a brighter green. It is so gradual, that sometimes it sneaks up on you. Then you will notice a sage turning from their dull gray winter color to a bluish gray. I get so excited when I am greeted by the Mountain Blue Birds flying along my fence line as I drive up my road. And my heart wants to sing along with the first song of the Meadowlark, Wyoming’s state bird. Weather patterns in the spring can be very variable. April showers bring May flowers, ours just happen to be snow showers. It is usually a very wet snow that melts into the ground. With warm days following, everything starts to green up. The arrival of May and the opening of Yellowstone National Park gets the locals excited as we rush to see the Park in the spring as it awakens and waits for the tourists from all over the world to enjoy its wonders. Memorial weekend heralds the opening of the Beartooth Highway. We are so lucky, all of this is in our back yard.
Yellowstone Park opened a week ago and by this past weekend, all gates were open. We drove up the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway this past Sunday through Cooke City and into Lamar Valley in Yellowstone.Jul 292011
It was going to be a hot Sunday, so after breakfast, my husband and I decided to go to Yellowstone. At a higher elevation it would be cooler, so we took our 1950 Chevy hardtop and cruised down the road. We went in through the East Gate, 50 miles west of Cody. Teddy Roosevelt called it the ‘most scenic 50 miles in America.’
This rock formation on the way to the East Gate is known as the ‘Holy City.” It is called this as it resembles the sillouette of the ancient city of Jerusalem. It was formed millions of years ago by volacanic activity.
Chimney Rock is another unique formation on the road from Cody to Yellowstone.
Elephant Head is another interesting formation on the way YellowstoneElephant Head
As we drive through the East Gate and up Sylvan Pass, we see evidence of the heavy snow melt as water cascades down the sides of the mountain.
As we drive through an open meadow before Yellowstone Lake, we see a field of beautiful wildflowers.This was an exceptional year for snow in the mountains during late Spring. Thus, the rivers are flowing at maximum. This is the Yellowstone River where we had lunch. You can see the trees in the middle of the river.This was a small island now covered by water.
Mud pots in Yellowstone are present where hot water is limited and hydrogen sulfide gas is present and sulfuric acid is generated. The hydrogen sulfide gas emits an odor smelling like rotten eggs. Our next stop was Artist Point and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Flowers on Dunraven Pass
Buffalo in Lamar Valley and we came back home through the Northeast Gate, down off Dead Indian Pass in time to barbeque steaks.
Last week Coulter Pass from Pilot Creek in Wyoming to Cooke City Montana was plowed allowing Silver Gate, the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone Park to open for the season. We took a drive up the Chief Joseph Highway and continue through Cooke City and into the Park.
Soon after driving into the Park, we saw a young grizzly bear near Soda Butte Creek.
We drove a short way into Lamar Valley and turned around. The East Gate was closed due to avalanches. The Sunday afternoon drive was relaxing as we took in the awe inspiring views of the spectacular mountains in our backyard.Dec 272010
On the last weekend of December 2010, we took a drive up the Northfork Highway, west of Cody, Wyoming, to the east gate of Yellowstone National Park. Teddy Roosevelt called it the most scenic 50 miles in the country. Inside the Shoshone National Forest, we started looking for wildlife. A buffalo was grazing peacefully in an open meadow. Then I spotted two beautiful rams. After a few minutes, they were joined by two more rams. Watching their actions was very intriguing. Two of them decided to cross the road right in front of our vehicle.
At that point, heads starting butting. Unfortunately, they were behind the guard rail. We decided to drive on toward Pahaska marveling in the the winter wonderland. On our return trip, the two rams had moved back across the road and were continuing the show. These are such majestic animals and it is always an exciting time viewing them.
If you are considering buying real estate in Wyoming, the Cody, Clark, Powell and Greybull areas have so much to offer. The mountains of Northwest Wyoming hold so much adventure and recreational opportunities for all ages. And this is all in our back yard.