End of Day 7 subtitled "I'm SO into this"

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    Posted by Bison and JJ ( on July 11, 2005 at 21:34:19:

    In Reply to: More Day 7 posted by Bison and JJ on July 11, 2005 at 21:30:45:

    Taken at Trout Lake. Does anyone know what kind of duck this is?

    We left the Trout Lake trailhead with the intention of going to Slough Creek to see wolves, but as we approached “the confluence” we noticed numerous cars pulled over. I found a good spot to park and went to find out what people were seeing. JJ stayed in the car. The weather was still pretty dreary and somewhat cool. If you know JJ, you know she doesn’t handle cold too well. Come to think of it there is a pretty narrow temperature range that she functions in, because she doesn’t do hot too well either.

    The people there had been watching a wolf on an elk carcass, but it wasn’t currently visible. I went back to the car and told JJ. We got out the spotting scope and binoculars and joined the rest of the viewers. We had incredible success with the critters, and it turns out that JJ is pretty good at finding them with the scope. We spent several hours at this location animal watching. It was getting cold and I went to the car to put on my heavy jacket, I offered to bring JJ her jacket, but she had so much adrenaline flowing she didn’t need or want her jacket. I can not express too you sufficiently how odd this is. Every now and then JJ would pull away from the scope or binoculars and whisper to me “I’m really into this” or “I’m so into this”. She was able to see a black wolf, but unfortunately it had disappeared before I got a glimpse. We also were able to see a grizzly sow and two cubs, numerous elk with calves, of course some bison, and three black bears. We watched one of the black bears stand with his back to a tree and rub it’s back. What a great show! JJ excitedly scoped the area and shared her findings with anyone that was near. She shared her scope with any child that came within one hundred yards of her (okay that’s an exaggeration). I was bummed that I had missed the black wolf and was determined to see one of the large canines. Finally after what seemed like forever, I spotted a black dot in the binoculars. I switched to the spotting scope and yes there was a magnificent black wolf in plain view. It stayed there long enough for most of the viewers to see. JJ thinks it was the Druid yearling, I think it was 302. Not that we would know, we are basing our opinions on conversations we had with others later in the trip. When it was too dark to continue we packed up and headed back to Cooke City. JJ once again uttered the words “I am SSSOOO into this”.

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