Yellowstone 2018

Reunion time! We explored a new (to us) part of Yellowstone National Park this time: Yellowstone Lake. We stayed in cabins near the Lake Lodge. It was 4th of July weekend, but we didn’t notice the crowds until we stopped at Old Faithful on the way out.

An amazing hike in the area is Storm Point Trail. I felt like I was in Ireland with grassy hills and steep cliffs along the water. And we saw a yellow-bellied marmot yawning on a rock.

Over the years I’ve seen a few bears in the distance, but never up close. This time we had front-row seats to a female grizzly foraging and crossing the road in front of us.

Here’s the video slide show –

And more photos –

Yellowstone through the years

Did you know there was a guy who jumped into a 200° F hot pot at Yellowstone to rescue his dog? When they pulled him out his last words were, “That was stupid. How bad am I? That was a stupid thing I did.” When they pulled off one of his shoes, the skin of his foot came off with it. That’s one of many things I learned in the perfect coffee-table book Death in Yellowstone, a gift from my brother-in-law.

My mom’s parents, Owen and Verona Slaugh, spent time in Yellowstone on their honeymoon in 1940 –

My grandpa's caption: "Verona unexpectedly visited. Ranger said terribly dangerous - bear with cub 1940"
My grandpa’s caption: “Verona unexpectedly visited. Ranger said terribly dangerous – bear with cub 1940”

Here’s (one side of) a couple of Owen’s 3-D photos from the 40s:

Owen Slaugh is 3rd from the left – April 1940
Lower Yellowstone Falls in 1948 - right image of stereo photo
Lower Yellowstone Falls in 1948 – right image of stereo photo

My dad’s family were also frequent visitors:

1966 - my uncles at Yellowstone Park
1966 – my uncles at Yellowstone Park

I was in high school during the fires of 1988:

Fifty-seven years after my grandparents, Wendy and I honeymooned in Yellowstone as well –

We’ve had a few family reunions there over the past few years. I try to make a video each time:

 

I never take my dog. But if I did, I wouldn’t jump in after him. That would be stupid.