Everything feels like it's at least a month ahead of the calendar down here in Gardiner and out in the park. But we heard there was still decent snow above Cooke City so we checked it out yesterday.
Cool and overcast for starters. Just into the North Entrance at Gardiner we saw a dozen Elk, one Pronghorn Antelope and maybe 30 bison in one eyefull. Got a pretty good look at a lone wolf between Mammoth and Tower. By the time we got out towards the Lamar Valley it was starting to clear up and it was full blown clear skies by the time we got to the NorthEast gate.
It's melting big time in Cooke City, but the snow above town was firm and the skiing great for this time of year. The locals say they had 2 feet of fresh last week.
A great day in the hills, a beer and a meal in Cooke City and a gorgeous drive home.
Cutoff Mountain and a Bison Herd coming out of the pond, near Slough Creek
Shared the road with some bison for a stretch near Mammoth on the way home.
a few more pix from the day here
It's a sweet time of the year in Yellowstone.