About my blog

Welcome to my trail running site. I enjoy being on the trail where I can take in nature and clear my mind. I prefer running in the mountains, but anywhere rural will do. I have completed four 100 mile trail races and many other ultramarathons. I'm a member of Team Red, White and Blue. "Enriching the lives of America's veterans."

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Yellowstone National Park

Before my last race, the Bighorn 100, my family spent a week in Yellowstone National Park. I didn't run very much since I was tapering and resting before the race, but we walked the boardwalk trails and watched wildlife. The geologic features are absolutely amazing in this place, our nation's first national park. The weather was cold with some rain and even snow while we were there, but we didn't let that put a damper on our fun. As always, whether I'm running or not, I take a lot of pictures so I wanted to share some of my favorite photos of God's Country.

Wildlife: 
(Click photos to enlarge)
Bison
Brown-headed cowbirds follow bison because they stir up bug when they graze.
They even hitch a ride sometimes!
A lady was gored in this same area this summer. Common sense goes a 
long way, I always say. Keep your distance (25 yds) and use your zoom!
Elk
Uinta ground squirrel

Moose. We actually saw this one in the Bighorn Mts.
Western tanager bathing in a hot spring.


Flowers:

Arrowleaf Balsamroot
Blue flax
Lupine
Sticky geranium

Purple fringe
Hot springs, mud pots and geysers:

Travertine Terraces












Dragon's Mouth Spring
(A dragon lives in there!)






Grand Prismatic Spring near the Firehole River. A park employee was scalded 
near here when he fell into a hot spring. Use common sense when you visit! 
Bacterial mat

Waterfalls and scenery:

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone


Look closely to see bison out there.
Maddie says, "See you on the trail!"