Day 7

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    Posted by Bison and JJ ( on July 11, 2005 at 21:26:50:

    Thursday June 16, 2005 The dirt roads that we had traveled in the Bighorn Mts, and to get to Two Ocean Lake and Cave Falls had left their mark on our car, so the first order of business was to visit the car wash. Once that was completed we headed into Yellowstone. What an awesome feeling it is to enter those gates. We entered the park through the West entrance and within 10 minutes had seen a coyote walking down the road, a Bald Eagle perched on a snag above the Madison River near the roadside nest, and several Trumpeter Swans swimming in the river. This is one amazing place. We saw several Bison bulls and an occasional Elk. Our general plan for the day was to head to the northeast section of the park. Along the north section of the grand loop road we noticed quite a few cars stopped so we parked to check things out. When we discovered that people were watching a coyote den we got out the scope and camera gear. One of the lessons I learned on this trip is that my eyesight is worse than I thought. This picture is taken with a Sigma 50-500mm lens all the way out to 500mm with a 2x teleconverter. This requires manual focusing on my part. Hence the fuzziness of the picture I suspect. This was the first time JJ had ever used our scope. She really enjoyed being able to see the pups up close. We watched the den for a little over an hour then decided to move on. As we were leaving a man started walking to the den. He approached the den to within approximately 10 yards so that he could take a picture with his disposable camera. JJ had never heard of the word Touron, but she learned about it now. She agreed it was a fitting term for this $#%%& guy.

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