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Friday, October 9, 2009

Yellowstone -- Lamar Valley, Grand Canyon & Mud Volcano 9.5.09

                                                             * Lamar Valley
                                                             * Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
                                                             * Mud Volcano

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That morning we got up at 5:30 AM and checked out of the Mammoth hotel.  We saw a few more elks before we left.  

We were on our way to Lamar Valley, but got lost twice before we got there.

We got some pictures of mountain goats and Pronghorn Antelopes, and saw either a coyote or fox on the way to Lamar valley.

By the time we got to Lamar Valley, it was already in the middle of the morning, not the best time to see the wildlife close by.  
We did see many people with telescopes that spotted some wolfs far far far away. 

We drove down to the Canyon area and took the North Rim Drive and South Rim Drive. 

The lower fall was definitely more impressive than the upper falls.  Hans was so impressed by the majestic views of the canyon. 

It was the first day of the Labor Day Weekend, and we could see that there were many more cars and tourists on the roads than the past few days.  There were traffic jams along the Hayden Vally.  We were not sure if it was caused by bisons, but we did see plenty of bisons hanging out in the valley. 

We took a walk around the Mud Volcano area.  Boy, the sulphur there had a really strong smell. 

After Mud Volcano, we checked into the Lake Lodge at the lake village. 
Our cabin was really nice. We hung out at the lake hotel before we went back to bed.

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