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After leaving the Lamar Valley we drove over the mountains to visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Although the clouds were forming they made for an interesting sky for the wide angle shots of the Canyon.

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The highlight of the trip was seeing a large number of Bald Eagles and Osprey. They were on their nests and fishing in the Canyon. We noticed some folks with large lenses looking at something and they were watching an Osprey nest. As we watched the second adult arrived from a fishing trip and deposited it catch. It then switched places with its mate on the nest. The couple we were talking to came every day to check on the nest. At this point there were two eggs in the nest.

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We continued our hike down the North Rim Trail to the viewing stand for the lower falls. We were a little surprised that there were not more people at the viewing stand. For the first time ever we were the only folks at the viewing stand. We could see some folks on a viewing platform at the bottom of the falls on the South Rim and decided to try and find the trail to it.

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We returned to the top of the North Rim and drove over to the South Rim and Artists Point.

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It was difficult to get a photo with all of the people in the viewing area and most of them taking selfies. Selfies should be banned from National Parks.

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As we drove back on the South Rim Road we decided to stop and take the hike down the Uncle Toms Trail. We determined this was the way to the viewing stand we had seen from the North Rim. Part of the trail consists of 300 plus steep steps almost straight down. I was so intent on the view I didn’t realize that my wife was petrified the entire time she was on the stairs.

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The walk and viewing platform offered some great views from the bottom of the lower falls. On the way back up we encountered a few light showers.

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When we first drove into the North Rim area we noticed this Buffalo lounging in the dandelions. There were a few cars in the pullout space so we didn’t stop. On the way back, late in the day, he was still in the same spot.

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As we started back for Gardiner we could see that we would be encountering some bad weather. We encountered very heavy rain, sleet and snow as we drove back over the mountains.

We arrived at the east entrance to Yellowstone Park late in the morning. Once again we had a nice chat with the ranger about the Green Bay Packers. He was getting off his ship soon and planned on watching the Packer game. It seems that there are a lot of park rangers that follow the Packers.

We drove over to Fishing Bridge and stopped for a few photos. There were storm clouds in the air with rain in the lower elevation and snow in the mountains.

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There were storm clouds in the sky as we drove along the Yellowstone River on our way to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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This was the first buffalo we spotted in Yellowstone National Park.

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When we arrived at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone we headed out to Artists Point. We were very surprised to find a large number of people at Artist Point. We thought there wouldn’t be many people in the park given the late season and the fact that many of the facilities were closed. I can’t imagine what the park would be like during the summer. When we were in Custer we met a person who had been working in the park and was in the process of unwinding from a very busy and stressful summer.

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There were enough people at Artists Point that we had to stand around and wait for a place to open up so I could take photos of the lower falls.

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We then drove over to the north rim and hiked a number of trails.Lower-Falls-Yellowstone-National-Park-14-9-_2550

 

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Leaving Canyon Village we headed over to Norris Geyser Basin. It had been spitting rain most of the day and continued to do so when we visited the geysers. Norris-Geyser-Basin-14-9-_2684

 

As we were leaving we noticed a ranger giving a talk on survival equipment used by firefighters. Here he was demonstrating the use of the personal fire shelter.

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After leaving Norris we headed to West Yellowstone where we were going to spend the night.

More photos from Yellowstone National Park can be found on my website.