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May 24 - 25, 2009 Trip Report

Trip Report ~ by John William Uhler

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Sunday - 24 May 2009
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The crew for this trip was Carlene and myself. We left Rexburg about 2:30 PM on US 20 northeast headed to Parkadise. We were going to meet some of our friends at Gardiner, Montana to have dinner or at least dessert together.

The weather was nice, simi-cloudy with a few showers on the horizon. We made good time as the traffic was light and we got to the park a little before 4:00 PM.

At about 4:13 PM we noticed several cars pulled off the road with folks looking to the south. We had never seen anything in this area but bison and elk, but just to be sure, we pulled over and got out the binoculars. This was just several miles into the park from the west entrance, just past the end of the 1988 lodge pole burn area. Sure enough, in a small meadow we spotted a large black bear just grubbing. We had only seen one other bear in this area in all our trips to Parkadise. That was a very large cinnamon bear last year. We watch for a short while and then headed east. towards the Madison Junction.

There was one bald eagle on the nest along the Madison River. Also, there were elk in another meadow below where the black bear was grubbing.

Just after Seven Mile Bridge and just past the Swan wildlife pullout, at about 4:20 PM, there was a very large bear jam. The bear, a very large cinnamon bear, was on the north side of the road about 50 yards from the road in the pine trees. Looked like the same bear that we saw last year in about the same area. Very nice bear and sighting. Cars and trucks were all over the place, people stopping in the middle of the road running from their vehicles to see the bear. We continued east. The traffic coming west from Madison was backed up for several miles. No rangers, no crowd or parking control.

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We saw Canada geese, mallards, bison and calves and elk along the Madison and Gibbon Rivers. Gibbon Falls is just roaring with all the spring melt off and the meadows along the Madison and Gibbon were starting to look like small lakes. We had a nice drive north from the Madison Junction with a few rain showers along the way. The temperature was in the mid 50's.

Traffic was light from the Madison Junction north to Mammoth.

At 5:10 PM, just before Swan Lake Flats, cars and trucks were parked all over the place. In the pine trees just before you come into the meadows, on east side of the road was a small cinnamon bear. Looked to be about a year old as it was very small and very light in color. It stood out like an orange thumb. This was the first time we had seen a cinnamon black bear in this area. We had seen several grizzly bears on past trips, but no blacks. It was a nice little bear and gave folks a thrill to see and enjoy.

We then continue on to Mammoth Hot Springs to have dinner at the Mammoth Dinning Room. We had a nice dinner and Rachel and her friend Jesse joined us. We visited for a while and then decided it was time to head north and down into Gardiner to meet our friends at the restaurant at 7:00 PM.

Rachel and Jesse had dinner as they were too late to have it in Mammoth. Carlene and I visited with Bruce and Geri (from Washington), and Tonya and Jean (who both work in Yellowstone). When they had finished dinner, we ordered dessert. They use to serve the best chocolate suicide cake at this restaurant, and it was Carlene's and others favorite. You could not help hearing their ummming and awing as they savored each bite of this chocolate delight. But alack and alas, they don't have the same cake any more, which was a great disappointment, but we still had fun visiting with family and friends.

Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by John William Uhler Copyright © All Rights Reserved

It was very nice to be back in Gardiner where we had lived for six years. It was also very nice to see and talk to our friends who still live there.

After our time together, we headed back into the park and to Mammoth to spend the night. We did not want to make the long late drive back to Rexburg. We stayed with our friends, Dave and Sharon in Mammoth. We had a nice long late night visit with them before hitting the sack.

Monday - 25 May 2009 - Memorial Day

The next morning we were up and out into the park to do some filming and looking for wildlife. I took some video and pictures of the Albright Picnic Area. We also took some time to watch the great horned owl in Mammoth.

We stopped along the way and took some video and picture of areas of interest and just had a nice drive south and west out of Parkadise and back to Rexburg. I took some video and pictures of the Tuff Cliff Picnic Area, and then we headed for home.

We did not see any bears or wolves on our way out. Traffic was light and no traffic jams along the way.

On this trip, we saw bison, elk, ducks, geese, a bald eagle, and three black bears (2 cinnamon and one black).

As always, we had a great trip with family and friends.

Until next time my friends, take care and God Bless!

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