Keith's Road Trip Summer 2007
Week 3



Sunday, August 12, 2007

Today I'm driving through Jellystone Park looking for Yogi, Booboo, Ranger Ricks and Cindy Bear.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Today I left Jackson Hole at 7:30 and drove up along the Snake River and entered Yellowstone National Park at the southern entrance at Moran, WY.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Passed the Continental Divide about half way to Old Faithful.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Here's Old Faithful. It has just erupted as I arrived and wasn't going to again for about an hour.


Sunday, August 12, 2007


Sunday, August 12, 2007


Sunday, August 12, 2007


Sunday, August 12, 2007

I spotted this coyote at the intersection of the Gibbon and Firehole rivers. It had just made a kill and was enjoying lunch.


Sunday, August 12, 2007


Sunday, August 12, 2007

This was an area near the town of West Yellowstone which had been completely destroyed by fire a couple years ago. It's amazing how Mother Nature naturally reseeded the area during the fire.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

I exited Yellowstone National Park at the west entrance at the town of West Yellowstone, Montana.

I stopped here for linch and to wander around town a bit.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

I hadn't seen any animals during my drive through Yellowstone. The west side of Yellowstone is not known for it's animals. I'll drive down from the north side tomorrow looking for animals.

I decided to stop in West Yellowstone at The Grizzly Discovery Center, A Bear and Wolf Preserve. This is really cool place that rescues Bear cubs and Wolf pups that have been orphaned. They work hard to socialize them. You can really get up close and personal with the animals.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Here's one of the Grizzly's. Notice the hump on the shoulders, the Black Bears don't have that.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Here's one of the Wolves. It seems that they had cubs from 4 different Mothers who had been killed and they were able to successfully get another Mother wolf to adopt all 4. They seem so much like domesticated dogs.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

As I left West Yellowstone and drove towards Bozeman, Montana, the road took me way up into the Gallatin Mountains. I saw this herd of Bison grazing on a hill.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Here's a closeup of the Bison.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

I finally arrived in Bozeman around 4:00. It's been a long day of driving.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bozeman is a really nice little town. It is sure growing quickly.

This is the Hilton Garden Inn that I'm staying at.


Monday, August 13, 2007

This morning I left Bozeman and drove southeast to Livingston, Montana which is on the banks of the Yellowstone River at the northern border of Yellowstone Park. I was hoping to drive into the park and see some wildlife.


Monday, August 13, 2007

This is the Yellowstone River. I stopped here last year at a very nice Fly Fishing Resort called Yellowstone Valley Ranch. As you can see the skies are very smokey. There are a couple large fires nearby.


Monday, August 13, 2007

As I was driving from Livingston to the northern entrance of Yellowstone Park I spotted this herd of Bison in the field.


Monday, August 13, 2007

A closeup


Monday, August 13, 2007

As I continued down the Yellowstone River towards Yellowstone Park I saw this Osprey in her nest.


Monday, August 13, 2007

This was a VERY rare sighting, it's an immature Bighorn Sheep in a pack of about 15 walking along the cliffs above the Yellowstone River.


Monday, August 13, 2007

I re-entered Yellowstone Park from the northern entrance on a search for wildlife.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Today was a day for Elk, lot's of Elk.


Monday, August 13, 2007


Monday, August 13, 2007


Monday, August 13, 2007


Monday, August 13, 2007

One of many spectacular waterfalls within Yellowstone Park. The water level is down 25% due to a poor winter and an early runoff.


Monday, August 13, 2007

A young Elk near West Yellowstone.


Monday, August 13, 2007

3 young Elk at the entrance to Yellowstone Park.


Monday, August 13, 2007

This is an interesting sign. First the Continental Divide and now this.


Monday, August 13, 2007

A lone Pronghorn Antelope sitting right outside the gates to Yellowstone Park.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Today I fished with Jim, a guide from Mathew Long Outfitters. Instead of fishing from a boat we wade fished the Gallatin River southwest of Bozeman. We stopped a couple of times to fish catching a couple fish each time.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

After making a couple stops to fish the Gallatin River we drove way up into the Gallatin Forest to fish in the canyon section.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

There is a very famous fly fishing movie called "A River Runs Through It" with Brad Pitt. In the movie there is a scene where Brad Pitt was making some amazing fly casts from the top of a rock. This is the location of that scene. We fished just upstream from here.

Fishing was quite slow today, I only caught 7. We walked for miles and miles along this river, it was beautiful.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

This is the view from our Lunch stop today.


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Today I was on my own so I decided to return to one of the spots on the Gallatin River that we fished at yesterday.


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

This is where I spent most of my day.


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

On my way back to town I spotted these 2 Pronghorn Antelope grazing in a field. They seem to be quite curious about my presence.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Today I fished the Yellowstone River after it exists Yellowstone Park and flows past Gardner, Montana. This section is called the canyon. My guide today is Dennis Alverson. I met Dennis last year when I visited Montana and we fished together for 3 days. We had a great day on the river, the fishing and the weather were a little "off". I did however land somewhere between 15 and 20 fish. As you can see the skies are quite hazy due to the fires nearby.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

There is a Golden Eagle sitting in this tree above the river.

On our drive to the river we also saw a herd of Anteleope, a herd of Buffalo and what looked like a red Fox.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

We even got to do a little white water rafting in Dennis's boat.


Thursday, August 16, 2007


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Here's the view from our lunch spot.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Here's Dennis doing the lunch dishes.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Here's Keith letting Dennis do the lunch dishes.


Friday, August 17, 2007

Well, I forgot to take the camera in the boat today. So here's Dennis in the boat that we took out on the Yellowstone River today. We fished the section from Mile 26 to Emmigrant which is right in the middle of Paradise Valley.

It was a great day on the river today and I caught some really fat and feisty Brown Trout.

It poured rain for a large part of the day but that didn't slow us down.


Friday, August 17, 2007

Dennis taught me how to fly fish with a "streamer" today, instead of the other types of flies.

Nymph's are used to fish under water bouncing along the bottom. Dry flies are the traditional flies that you see people fishing with. Terrestrials are big dry flies used in the summer months to immitate grass hoppers, ants and beetles. I have been using these during most of my trip. Streamers are much larger and heavier, these immitate swimming fish and the fish attack them very aggressively which makes for an exciting moment.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Today I drove from Bozeman, through Butte to Missoula, Montana. There wasn't an opportunity to take any photos today. It poured rain for the first half of the trip and then the sky was filled with smoke and ash as I got closer to Missoula. It seems that within 50 miles of Missoula there are 21 forest fires.


On to week 4