Posts tagged: Hegben Lake

Taking It Easy

By , June 4, 2010 10:06 am

Gallatin National Forest and Grand Teton National Park

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For the last few days at West Yellowstone, we decided to check out some of the areas around Yellowstone National Park.  We were still on a quest to find a bear and we’d heard that there was an area not too far from our campground that had been closed off due to bear activity.  I figured we could get close enough to see the area from afar and maybe spot our elusive bear.  For some reason, I’d woken up really early and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I did some exploring on my own at 6 AM.  At worst, I’d have an idea of how to get where we wanted to be.  At best, I’d see a bear or find some good trails.

The area I was aiming for was called The Narrows and was located in the Gallatin National Forest, just north of West Yellowstone.  It’s basically a peninsula in Hegben Lake.  Dasy and I had taken a couple of short drives to Hegben Lake already, so I thought I knew what to expect… However, at sunrise it looks completely different!  Sometimes getting up at a ridiculous time can reward me with some amazing sights.  The fog and lighting from the morning sun were almost unreal.  I really should get up early and go exploring more often. 😉

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If I have my timeline correct, we checked the weather and we had one potentially decent day and one wet one approaching.  We decided to use the decent day to go to Grand Teton National Park. 

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It was a terrible day of driving (luckily Rob had volunteered that morning).  We got stopped in the park for almost an hour so the park service could herd some wandering bison back into the park.  It was IMG_1277cool to see that many of them and the cowboy was quite entertaining… especially when he tried to get the “last” bison to move when it didn’t want to.  I guess the last bison is kind of like the rear guard of the herd.  There were several times we thought he was about to charge the cowboy!  Unfortunately, it was too far away for a decent photo, but I took some video, which I’ll post later.  After the herd passed, we were stopped again by bison near Old Faithful.  This was a large family group with bison of every age and size.  Some of the younger ones were fighting, which was pretty neat.  Dasy particularly likes the calves.

After the bison, we made it through Yellowstone NP and then got stopped again for a long time while waiting for construction on the road between Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP!  We probably spent two hours parked on the road that morning. 

But, we finally made it to Grand Teton National Park.  Unfortunately, almost all the facilities were closed.  They were opening that weekend and we were a few days early.IMG_1300

We drove through part of the park and realized that there’s really not much there other than boating and hiking.  It’s fairly undeveloped and isn’t as accessible as Yellowstone.  It didn’t help that most of the roads off the main road were also closed.  So, we ate lunch, saw the Grand Tetons, took our pictures and went back.  Most of us slept for the trip back to our campground (sorry, Rob!).

Note: I haven’t had my coffee yet and I can tell I’m starting to ramble, so I’ll save the other post about Gallatin National Forest for later.

Mornings

By , May 26, 2010 8:56 am

There are some pictures that can only be taken at 6 AM. 😉

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Hegben Lake, in Gallatin National Forest.  Near West Yellowstone, MT.

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