Yellowstone National Park 3

Yellowstone National Park is truly a magical place. The park was established in 1872 as our nation’s first national park. Consisting of 3,472 square miles and situated on 2,221,766 acres, Yellowstone is located in Wyoming (96%), Montana (3%) and Idaho (1%). Yellowstone has the worlds largest collection of geysers with approximately 300 and over 10,000 thermal features.

We drove about 100 miles per day in search of wildlife and flora. I hope you enjoy this short post of the written word to enjoy the beauty that I have desperately tried to capture with my lens. Feel free to ask me any questions about what you see or would like to learn about a trip to Yellowstone. If you haven’t been ~ it’s a must experience “Bucket List” destination.

Bison are plentiful in Yellowstone and can be viewed throughout the park especially in the Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley.

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I spotted this coyote near Blacktail Pond heading towards Mammoth Hot Springs

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Early morning in the Hayden Valley just past sunrise along the Yellowstone River

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Grizzly Boar I followed for a couple of hours along the Yellowstone River near Steamboat Point. This image was taken at dusk and there was no light to speak of. Sometimes I find it’s not about a photograph,. Sometimes you just have to soak in the experience and that is what I did while viewing this amazing mammal.

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Pronghorn Buck in the Lamar Valley just past Slough Creek

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Early evening and sunset along the Yellowstone Lake near Mary Bay

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Otis having the time of his life in the Yellowstone Lake with a stick. He was in dog heaven!

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One of my favorite spots is Lake Butte Overlook. An über peaceful spot to catch a glorious sunset and gaze over the Yellowstone Lake and valley below.

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Welcome to Yellowstone National Park & Fishing Bridge RV Park 8

My mother always said, the older you get the faster times goes. Well Mom, you were right. I can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post. My sincerest apologies are in order for being remiss in sharing my travels and adventures since the summer. Lots of great stories and images to share. So, here goes. I spent a week in Yellowstone followed by a glorious month in Jackson Hole at the end of August till the end of September. I”ll be posting about Jackson Hole soon, promise!!

We decided to make the trip from Denver to Yellowstone in one day. It’s a long haul especially while towing and traveling with a doggie companion. But, Otis is quite the traveler. No complaints from him. After all, we were “going” somewhere and that is all he cares about.

With construction in several locations in Wyoming which killed our time, it took us 12 hours to finally get to Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone. But, along the way somewhere between Rawlins and Dubois, Wyoming I pulled over to admire the sky. Of course, also had to drag the ‘ol camera out and snap just a few shots.

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Outside of Dubois, Wyoming I grabbed these shots of my Big “B” (Beatrice) and the vast Wyoming landscape and sky.

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We drove through Grand Teton National Park via Moran Junction into Yellowstone National Park and stopped for some quick shots at the entrance and again at the Yellowstone Lake.

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Yellowstone is widely considered to be the finest megafauna wildlife habitat in the lower 48’s. There are approximately 60 species of mammals in the park. As we were crossing the actual Fishing Bridge I was ebullient to share the road with a herd of Bison.

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Fishing Bridge RV Park ~ Yellowstone National Park. This was our second stay at Fishing Bridge and I would highly recommend it if you prefer full-hook ups, clean showers, laundry and other amenities. The sites are quite tight but, once you’re in, you’ll find yourself surrounded by luscious flora including lodgepole pines. It’s über important to follow the guidelines of the campground due to Grizzly Bears in the area and in the campground. There were Grizz in Loop A during our visit and herds of Bison would stroll through the campground daily. I loved our site #D-138 as it was an end spot in the middle of the loop. I was also very impressed that Yellowstone abides by strict recycling standards making it super easy for everyone to do their part and partake in recycling while camping.

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Fishing Bridge offers the convenience of a General Store which has a grocery store and a diner. Auto repair, gas and propane are also provided all within walking distance from the campground.

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Stellar sunrise at the Fishing Bridge

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Yours truly, Otis and my Big “B” settling in after a long 12 hour journey for a week of exploring the park and some well deserved R&R. After all, there is no cell service, internet or television at Fishing Bridge. I got a bit of cell service near the Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. So, be prepared to let go of it all and just enjoy the beauty that the park has to offer. What a gift this and all National Parks are to us all.

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Photo Source: © 2013 Copyright Anna Sullivan Photography, All Rights Reserved

Virginian RV Park 2

Right smack in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyoming you’ll find a full-service RV Park, The Virginian.  Located at 750 West Broadway in Jackson Hole, this RV park offers everything a Glamper could need. We have friends who have stayed here each summer for many years and they just love this RV park!

Reservations:

Summer: 1-800-321-6982 or Winter: 1-800-262-4999

Amenities:

  • 103 RV Sites
  • 64 Pull-Through Spaces, approx. 40 ft. long, 20 ft. wide
  • 39 Back in Spaces, approx. 25 ft. long, 20 ft. wide
  • Each site has small grass lawn, picnic table, and small tree (limited shade)
  • Restrooms with Showers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • 30 and 50 Amp Electrical Hook-up
  • Full Water & Sewer Hook-up
  • Cable TV
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Access to Swimming Pool
  • Access to Hot Tub
  • Restaurant
  • Saloon & Liquor Store
  • Hair/Massage/Tanning Salon
  • Convention Facilities available for rent
  • Pets welcome

Enjoy popular attractions: Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, Scenic float trips, Fly fishing, National Elk Refuge, Hiking, Jackson Hole Rodeo, National Museum of Wildlife Art (my favorite art museum), Walk to great restaurants, bars and shopping and so much more right outside of your Glamper home.

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Gros Ventre Campground 1

One of the most peaceful and beautiful campsites I have ever seen is right outside the town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming in Grand Teton National Park. Gros Ventre Campground (pronounced: ˈgrō-ˌvänt) is set along a serene river where Moose roam and play among the aspen and cottonwood trees. I wanted to share this special spot with you. I just visited the Gros Ventre Campground this past month while the colors were in full bloom. And we were thrilled to meet some new Airstreamer friends!

Location

Gros Ventre is located in Grand Teton National Park, 11.5 miles southeast of Moose, Wyoming, near the town of Jackson. Go south on Highway 89 out of Moose, turn on the Gros Ventre/Kelly turnoff and proceed to the campground entrance four miles ahead.

GPS: 43.616, -110.667

Reservations

Gros Ventre Campground is a first-come, first-served camping ground. You will need reservations for group sites. Phone 800-628-9988.

Specifics

  • Open from May 4 to October 7, 2012
  • # Of Sites: 350 individual campsites and 5 large group sites
  • # Of Electrical Sites: 10
  • Elevation: 6,565 feet
  • Flush Toilet Facilities
  • No Showers and Laundry on site; nearest shower and laundry in Colter Bay Village or Town of Jackson
  • Generators permitted
  • RV sites are available
  • There is a dump station
  • All campsites include: fire pit and picnic table

2012 Rates

Campers with vehicle $20.50 per night Golden Age or Golden Access Passport $10 per night

Group Tent Sites, $25 non-refundable registration fee, $5 per person per night Golden Age or Golden Access Passport, $2.50 per person per night

Imagine waking up to your morning coffee and a bull moose bedded down outside of your glamper!

Along with abundant wildlife, you might see an abundance of photographers too! Stay awhile ~ enjoy the beauty of the park, wildlife and meet new friends!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography