Wife & Kids thought I was CRAZY getting them up a 4 something a.m. to go look for wolves! I got them close enough to hear them howling, but never even caught a glimpse. Had some UP CLOSE grizzly bear experiences though! We hiked a trail, and passed within 12 feet of a sleeping griz! Talk about hair raising! We were about 7 miles from civilization! (and medical care!) We made it out alive, but the bear just watched us leave. Saw another dragging a carcass along a trail, and got some pics. We were about 10 feet away, but were in the safety of the truck.
NDJollyMon's YELLOWSTONE advice:
YELLOWSTONES MOST DANGEROUS SPECIES:
MOST LIKELY TO DAMAGE YOUR VEHICLE:
Buffalo (Bison, whatever)
MOST LIKELY TO HURT YOU:
Hiking down to the waterfall (I think it's the lower falls with the switchback trail!)
MOST LIKELY TO STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, WHEN TRAFFIC IS BAD:
MOST LIKELY TO STRESS YOU OUT THE MOST:
You might wonder why I say 'Stupid tourists!' so much. Well, chalk it up to personal experiences with them at YELLOWSTONE. I could tell stories all day, but you'll know one when you spot one!
Ok...a quick taste:
I once saw a guy try to put his kid on a buffalo for a picture. (Yes, he got hurt!)
I once saw a 'foreigner' walking down the Hot Spring terraces at Mammoth, crunching his way to the bottom, and climbing over the rail onto the boardwalk.
Apparently, he couldn't read English where it said to stay on the boardwalk with rails all around them to keep you ON THEM. Thousands of years of beauty...ruined by his lasting footprints. (yes, I almost beat him to death, and brought the law after him!)
I once was behind a guy in a Jeep Cherokee, who tried to hurry along a buffalo who was standing on the highway...by bumping it lightly. (yes, the Jeep suffered body damage when the buffalo became agitated!)
I once saw a guy try to climb into a hot spring...that was not made for human habitation. (yes, he was burned!)
Shall I continue?
You will know the dreaded: STUPID TOURIST when you see them. They are much easier to spot the the wolves!
In any respect, enjoy the worlds treasure....YELLOWSTONE.