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So far I am very disappointed with the Lake Yellowstone location. Sure it is pretty- but once you have driven around and walked around - that's it. There is absolutely nothing to do. Well, unless you want to go get drunk at the employee pub. Most of the employee rec activities take place M- F- so those of us who drew Sat and Sun off are shit out of luck.

No wildlife here. There was a report of a grizzly wandering through one night- but we did not get to see it. A few bears if you drive ten or twenty miles- but so far in the distance, that even with a scope you can't get a picture.

Seriously considering asking for a transfer up to Mammoth where the Lamar Valley and the wildlife are readily accessible.

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Comment by Melissa Whitener on June 7, 2013 at 8:51pm

Hi Pete- the grizz was a two or three yr old just booted by its Mom- persistent bugger- he just kept coming back no matter how much the rangers hazed him. Hope he gets out of the area before they have to take drastic measures.

Comment by Melissa Whitener on June 5, 2013 at 2:43pm

Hi Pete- I'm sorry- was that losing weight comment directed at me? I have no need to lose any weight thank you. And I walk upwards of three miles a day. 

It is considered dangerous to go hiking or backpacking alone here- bear spray or not.

We did have a young grizzly wandering around the dorms since my last posting- and I was able to get up to Hayden Valley and have a wolf adventure- but that story is for another post.

Comment by aggie71 on June 5, 2013 at 8:02am

Let me apologize for Pete.  You see, he has a brain defect and can't help himself :-)

Comment by aggie71 on May 20, 2013 at 6:05am

Oh, I forgot to mention they hold Mass in the Lake Lodge over the summer (and you're convenient to that) and you are within an easy drive to West Yellowstone for all the summer musicals.  You are in a great location....convenient to all that Yellowstone has to offer.  Some other hikes to consider .... Elephant Back and the biggest challenge Avalanche Peak near Sylvan Pass.  Mt Washburn is a goodie also, and close to Lake.  Stay positive.....once you find a park partner everything will change :-)  Ranger Rich

Comment by Melissa Whitener on May 19, 2013 at 9:11pm

Thanks for all the comments friends. I am an outdoor type- and so far- well- not too many outdoor enthusiasts.

Aggie- I know I am centrally located- and have been up to the Hayden Valley quite a few times- alas- I have seen only one bear- and that was through a scope about a half mile away so really could not see it well at all. Have been outside to see the stars- but my room mate goes to bed by 9:30 so I can't stay out too late and disturb her.

I am planning on getting my fishing license as soon as the season opens! 

I am going to give it a few more weeks- maybe post a note on the bulletin board looking for hiking partners. 

I really REALLY want to see the wolves! Then I could die happy!

Comment by Leo Anderson on May 19, 2013 at 8:44pm


You are close to Hayden Valley and about the same distance to Lamar Valley from Lake than you would be at Mammoth. I have never been a big fan of Lake for the reasons you have stated, and I also don't care about sunsets on the lake because you will get a great view of the sunset anywhere in the park.I don't think you will like Mammoth though because it is too corporate.I think you would like Grant Village, Canyon or even Old Faithful more. Thanks for the update ok Melissa? Have a blessed week!



Comment by jon youngblood on May 19, 2013 at 8:14pm

the best thing I thought about spending a summer with the same scenery was that you got to see it at different times of the year under different weather conditions. I cant say for sure about that location because I have never been there, but anyplace can get boring and dull if you let it.  while I was at stehekin I got the way you were feeling about the 4th of july my first summer there but I ended up starting to do differnent things that I would not have normally done.  now I am really into kayaking and photography.  maybe try fishing, hear its kinda good there. 

Comment by aggie71 on May 19, 2013 at 7:10pm

Melissa darling, I absolutely disagree.  I was at Fishing Bridge/Bridge Bay and had the best summer of my life!  You are centrally located in the Park (look at the Park Map) ... close to the Hayden Valley (for wildlife) and close to Canyon for some amazing hiking.  Look for the forest through the trees :-)  At night try going to the Hotel lobby and listen to music, or play a board game with a friend.  No need to get drunk....just relax and enjoy life in the Park.  At night drive out beside the lake and look UP ..... the stars are amazing.  If I were there I'd show you how to have a great time :-)  I wouldn't transfer if it were me.

Comment by reggiecohen on May 19, 2013 at 5:02pm

sorry t o  hear that if your not happy then it would be better to tranfer be somewhere that going to make u happy

Comment by Bob Blockus on May 19, 2013 at 1:47pm
Hope I am not disappointed at the South Rim Grand Canyon Village.

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