Yellowstone: June 12th, 2013

 

 

Hayden Valley
Hayden Valley
Hayden Valley (2)
A leisurely swim
Hayden Valley (3)
Big boy bison

 

West Thumb (2)
Wait for the irony…wait for it…
Hayden Valley (5)
…and here it is!

Hayden Valley (6)

Hayden Valley (7)
posing
Hayden Valley (8)
just after this he rolled in dirt
Hayden Valley (9)
now off to cause a bison jam.

Training Day: Thrice

Today feels like I’ve finally settled in, which is a lot quicker than most field jobs I’ve had. Perhaps it’s because I’ve done this before. Andrew, Deb, and I navigated to some wetlands nearby. I kept up just fine despite being rather out of shape and squishy and having comparatively stumpy legs with a 0.4 meter stride–which basically works out being a pathetic shuffle. Thankfully, I have not experienced any ill effects from the altitude change; however, that increased daylight has messed with my rhythm a bit. It’s still light out at 9:30 pm and my body doesn’t know what to do with that. It rained on us and the temperature dipped down to about 35 degrees during our surveys. Still, there’s no place I’d rather be. It was heaven, even if I did trip over a log on my way out of the thick forest, for all to see and enjoy. It’s all good. Nothing unusual. You gotta remain loose and then you will never get injured–that’s my little tip of the day. As I write this, I’m overlooking the majestic and lush Hayden Valley at dusk. This is where the bison, bears, and wolves all love to roam. I’m talking about some serious home on the range stuff here.

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