Yellowstone National Park
Last night we stayed at West Yellowstone which is a small town just outside the park. We went to a Chinese Restaurant that was frequented by 99% Chinese people. The sign inside said occupancy of 43, we had to wait quite awhile for 50 or 60 people to leave before we got our table for four. It was worth the wait.
Whilst the days are sunny and hot, there is still lots of snow on the ground. The Park only opened ten days ago so our timing has been perfect. Days warm and nights cool.
Today is another day of fabulous weather and a beautiful place to visit. We headed back to the park to look at the geothermal and ecological area and for bison, wolves and grizzly bears. We headed north to Mammoth Hot Springs.
Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of hot springs on a hill in Yellowstone National Park adjacent to Fort Yellowstone and the Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District. It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate (over two tons flow into Mammoth each day in a solution).
Tower Fall is a waterfall on Tower Creek in the northeastern region of Yellowstone National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Approximately 1,000 yards (910 m) upstream from the creek's confluence with the Yellowstone River, the fall plunges 132 feet (40 m). Its name comes from the rock pinnacles at the top of the fall. Tower Creek and Tower Falls are located approximately three miles south of Roosevelt Junction on the Tower-Canyon road.
We were fortunate to see one bear only bear in the wild so we visited the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Centre located in West Yellowstone. The cost was $11 each but well worth the money.
Brown bears live in mountains and grassy wilderness areas in North America, Europe and Asia. The largest populations are in Alaska, Canada and Russia. In lower 48 states, they live mainly around Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The bears at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center had to be removed from the wild because they were becoming dangerously comfortable around humans. Their stories help share a valuable lesson of how people can take the proper steps to ensure bears stay forever wild. The wolves at the Center are ambassadors, providing a greater understanding of this predator in the Yellowstone ecosystem.
On our way back from Madison to West Yellowstone we saw quite a lot of Bison and Elk in the valleys near the road.