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Glacier National Park & Yellowstone Trip 2008

 

My father and I took a trip this past October to visit two national parks. It was well past the usual tourist season but it ended up being a good thing. The parks were nearly empty of people, there was no traffic anywhere, and the leaves were changing colors. Here are some of the better photos of our roadtrip from Boise, Idaho, up along the Salmon River to Glacier NP, then back down through central Montana and finally Yellowstone NP.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Very quickly after leaving Boise's airport and heading north we encountered snow. Here the Sawtooth Mountains welcome us.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Two days later and we were enjoying this scene just outside Glacier NP.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Lake McDonald, GNP

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
The view from Going To the Sun Road, looking back towards the West entrance to the park.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Headed back to the park for our second day, the car ahead of us nearly hit this moose crossing the highway.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Running Eagle Falls was well worth seeing. The waterfall emerges from the center of the rock wall.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Just before leaving the East entrance to the park, we spotted a number of elk. Hearing them bugle was neat.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
My father spotted a beaver swimming in this pond as we drove by. I never got any good photos of him but it still seemed like a scene worth photographing.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
The fifth day was spend driving south through central Montana to Yellowstone. This was a fishing lodge located on a tiny island in Salmon Lake that caught my eye.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
We were surprised to see a large herd of pronghorn not far from the road.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Just outside Yellowstone we spotted our second and, sadly, last moose of the trip.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Just inside the park I spotted this bald eagle watching over the river below. You'll also notice the dead trees and relatively young pine trees surrounding them - all due to the large fire the park experienced back in 1988.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
Right in the lower center is a coyote trotting off.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
The next morning we were up early and spotted this young fox walking along the edge of the road, stopping repeatedly to listen for mice in the surrounding brush.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
The bald eagle perched in this tree and a few others birds in the area alerted our guide to the possibility of an animal carcass nearby.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
We climbed a nearby hill and spotted an elk carcass in the riverbed below. We decided to wait...

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
...take a few photos....

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
...until a wolf came along.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
We were too far away to get a very good shot but you can just make out the wolf having a snack.

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008

 

Glaciar National Park and Yellowstone Fall 2008
The end.

 

 

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