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Utah, United States
Joined: December 14, 2007
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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 09:02 AM UTC
I spent a week up at Mack's Inn in the Island Park area of Idaho, and went in to Yellowstone Park for two days. No tv, no newspapers, just family and nature. Our first morning there we heard a tapping on one of the cabin windows. Opened the curtains and this is what we met.

There is a place called Big Springs just a few miles east of our cabin. It is a spawning area for trout. When I was little the springs and river were filled with huge trout. Fishing is prohibited as it is a nature reserve. Poachers don't care what they destroy. This is all that was left. The big fella is maybe 4 feet long.

Inside of Yellowstone Park we ran into more wildlife. We also brought some with us. Here's the kids, covered with mosquito bites.

A bald eagle.

A small waterfall.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. View from the South.

Bison by the road.

Grand Canyon and lower falls from Artist's lookout.

Another bison and a bull elk.

We were able to do a little fishing on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Native brook trout and planter rainbows, mainly pan sized. Here was the end of a good day.

It is really nice to get away from things for a while and see what the world is really about. Even the wilderness is getting crowded but it is still a beautiful place to go. It's hard to show it all in a little photo but at least you get the idea. This opportunity is only available once a year for us, and we can't always go.
California, United States
Joined: February 09, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 11:01 AM UTC
Great pictures of what looks like a very tranquil vacation. Thanks for posting them.
Love the moose

Oklahoma, United States
Joined: March 01, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 12:04 PM UTC
Great pics and some nice wildlife.

As I have seen Bison up close they are big indeed.

Thanks for sharing.
North Carolina, United States
Joined: June 26, 2007
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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 01:16 PM UTC
Thanks for shareing these. My kind of vacation. milvehfan
California, United States
Joined: August 25, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 01:48 PM UTC
Re: the moose. It could have been worse...could have been a congressman or senator wanting to explain what the government can do for you. Great picture at the water fall. Beautiful place; nice family.

Thanks for the photos,

Donegal, Ireland
Joined: May 14, 2002
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Posted: Monday, July 06, 2009 - 03:35 AM UTC
Hi Russ. Some amazing backdrops ... how could you not feel good in a place like that. The family seem to be relaxed and happy. Heaven.
North Carolina, United States
Joined: February 22, 2002
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Posted: Monday, July 06, 2009 - 04:30 AM UTC
Awsome Stuff! Reminds me of when I was a kid and we took vacations like this.
Arizona, United States
Joined: October 31, 2005
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Posted: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 02:13 PM UTC
My family and myself went up there a couple of years ago, very nice. was for me my 2nd time. it's amazing how much wildlife and trees,n what not has comeback from the big fire. My son got a kick out of how much buffalo there was, and then the sulfer smell. Nice to hear you had fun up there also.