S: yellowstone family vacation 2010
FC: The Great Outdoors | The Slavinski Yellowstone Family Vacation 2010
1: Day one left Buffalo June 30th and flew toIdaho Falls and spent the first night in Jackson Wyoming.
2: What a beautiful view! | Day Two Drove through the Grand Tetons and had a fantastic lunch at Jackson Lake.
5: On the second night we stayed at Grant Village on Yellowstone Lake.
6: We were treated to some amazing wildlife on our first day in Yellowstone, everything from a huge bull elk to rising cutthroat trout.
7: Day Three This was our first full day at the house we rented on the banks of the Madison river at Reynolds Pass.
8: After a great breakfast on our deck Adam and myself decided to try our luck on the Madison, although we did not have much luck our new friend did.
9: After spending the afternoon in West Yellowstone, we went to an old fashion chuck wagon dinner. The view was incredible, the food was fantastic and Larry sang old cowboy songs.
10: Day four found us back in the park. In the morning we decided to take a look at the grand canyon of the Yellowstone River
11: Later in the morning we headed toward the Lamar River Valley to have lunch and do a little fishing on Slough Creek. Today the fish God's were good to us and we landed a beautiful rainbow and cutthroat trout.
13: As we left Slough Creek and drove further up the Lamar Valley what we saw next is a memory that will stick with us for the rest of our lives. A huge heard of Bison that extended at least three or four miles down the river valley, we estimated at least 250 to 300 animals. We could only imagine this is what it might have looked like before they were brought to the brink of extinction.
14: Day five took us to Old Faithful and the upper and lower geyser basin. As luck would have it Canon was offering a photo workshop that all three of us were able to attend.
15: Stephanie from Canon took us threw the upper Geyser basin and showed us some very helpful tips on how to use our new Canon camera.
16: Day six and were heading back to the Park, this time to the Hayden Valley and the Yellowstone River. We again were treated to a very large heard of bison. We pulled over to take some photos and after a few minutes two large bulls left the heard and walked toward us and passed within a foot of the car before crossing the road.
17: In the afternoon Adam and myself tried our luck on the Yellowstone River near Le Hardys rapids. With the sun high and the fishing slow, we decided that if we could not catch them we might as well join them and drove over to the Fire Hole River and went for a swim. .
18: Day seven and the last day we would visit the park was spent in and around Mammoth Hot Springs. Like many areas of the park it felt, looked and smelled like we were on the surface of the moon.
20: After Mammoth we decided to try our luck on Lava Creek and caught more brook trout than we could keep tract of. On our drive out of the park we could not believe what we saw next, a big old grizzly bear.
21: On our way back to the house we decided to stop by and see what the West Yellowstone rodeo was all about. These folks were real cowboys and it was a great way to end yet anther day in big sky country.
22: On our last full day in Montana we decided to take a drive over to Virginia City. This town was part of the big gold rush back in the 1800's and to this day the town has been preserved and restored and a walk down main st. made us feel like we were back in the old wild west.
23: At the end of the day Adam and myself gave it one more try on the Madison at Three Dollar Bridge. We landed some nice trout with Adam landing several nice browns and rainbows, and right at dark I landed a beautiful 21'' brown.
25: This truly was the trip of a life time and to be able to return to Yellowstone and share all the great moments we had over the week with my family is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable times of my life. I'm sure one day all three of us will return to this great park but until then I have some great memories to look back on until that time comes.