It was quite a change getting back to Mammoth after Old Faithful, and even more of a change when a friend and I headed down to the Rescue Creek trail for a hike.
That coyote was along the road to Gardiner and posed while we stopped at a pullout and took some photos. I've been seeing lots of coyotes lately--that one, more at Old Faithful, and today one trotted along the roads in Mammoth. I first spotted him near the post office and last saw him headed down the road toward Roosevelt.
Here's a couple looks at the Yellowstone River as it approaches Gardiner and the northern border of the park.
And just for the sake of showing the complete lack of snow, a group of bighorn sheep.
Although the trail looked bone dry, it was actually quite slippery with mud. We also saw another coyote, and a long line of elk along a distant ridge top. At one point, my friend made a sound I thought I recognized as meaning she'd encountered an icy patch but when I turned back saw a year old bison behind her. We moved on before mom arrived.
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