So our second day in Yellowstone we started the drive from Canyon to Mammoth. Now that drive is only about 40 miles - but it took us HOURS.... because we saw lots of wildlife and just enjoyed the journey!
The view from Tower Fall was beautiful!
We saw a lot of our "friends" from the night before....
We stopped to see what a group was set up to look at - an Osprey nest.
And finally we wind our way into Mammoth Hot Springs!
It's a cute little Yellowstone town - with it's own herd of Elk. They pretty much rule the roost around there. When we got there - this big fella was a bit out of sorts because a young buck had tried to come in to his turf. So we were moved back several times as the females kept moving towards us. I didn't have my camera ready for when he charged a car that was trying to pass by.
After watching the elk for a bit we headed into the educational center. Nicole is officially not as tall as a bison!
After a little break, we headed over to check out the Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces. I wish pictures could describe it - it's like walking on the moon. Everything is boiling hot. In some places it even looks like the boardwalk is getting burned (which it is) - and the railing can be super hot from the temps from the springs.
After some exploring at Mammoth, we headed off on an afternoon drive to head down south a bit. We knew we'd be pressed for time the next day with a lot we wanted to do - so we wanted to go ahead and check off some sites.
We stopped for a view...
And while we were there admiring the goat taking his time getting back up the mountain side - some people started walking across the bear and congregating where we were.... so I asked what was down there - and low and behold, a grizzly bear! We had stopped earlier to see him (on the other side of the bridge) but he was behind a rock and really all you could see was a brown tush. Evidently, he woke up and started to move.
Back in Mammoth, as we headed back to our cabin - we found lots more elk around.