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Spring Has Arrived

ottersWebSpring has arrived in Yellowstone... Bison calves are bounding around the northern range again, both grizzly and black bears are out from their winter dens, even cubs of the year, and foraging and digging in the meadows just starting to turn green, the rivers are on the rise changing color too, now greenish brown from blue. Mountain bluebirds are many brilliant colors of blue as they are busy catching the hatch while flying among the forests, sage and river banks. The bull elk have shed their old antlers and are budding quickly this spring's new growth.

We took a ride out the East Entrance just because we could. It opened on Friday allowing visitors to access the park from Cody, Wyoming. There's still a good bit of snow on Sylvan Pass, but as we watch the river rise behind our house in Gardiner, we know that the melt is on! Our reward for the long drive was watching several grizzly bears diligently digging roots, a moose browsing along the North Fork of the Shoshone, Harlequin's back at LeHardy Rapids, a pelican on the Yellowstone just above the falls and a big fat beaver cruising his territory just outside his beautifully constructed lodge.

The sky is blue, the sun is warm and we are once again reminded that we live in one of the most beautiful places in America! Is it time for you to come for a visit?

Written by : Barbara Ulrich