It’s time to visit the Yogi Bear. You just have to remember not to leave the picnic baskets unattended. It’s just a cartoon, but the message is real. Everywhere there is information that we are in a bear country and tips on how to behave. Well, bears will not only come be for food, but for everything that has an intensive scent – such as cosmetics, car oil, etc. We had a difficult time finding spots to overnight, because they do not allow tents or roof top tents. We had already experienced more than one bear encounter, but when we saw a lady walking her dog, just outside the national park, armed with two bear sprays, we were a little bit worried. So much that we decided to buy a spray right away. Here are the instructions given to us by the salesman. If you encounter a bear do not run. No matter how fast you run, it’ll catch you. You have to stand your ground and slowly step back. If the bear remains in its position, you continue to walk back. If the bear starts walking your way you should stop and prepare to use your bear spry, bearing in mind that its effective only in a range less than 9 meters!!! Do not save spray, use it all.
Now, imagine a charging bear and you have to wait till the distance between you and it is less than 9 meters. Who the hell will be able to stand his ground? Only a person with nerves of steel or properly trained. Apparently, the spry, creates an effective barrier, which the bear will not pass. Never the less, I hope that we will never have to find out how strong are our nerves.
That’s all about bears. We did not see any in Yellowstone and the surrounding area, but they are there. What you will surely see are geysers, hot springs, mud volcanoes, fumaroles on the western side, and beautiful canyons and waterfalls of the Yellowstone river on the eastern side of the park. We spent three very active days trying to see everything. At 7am we were already on some trail.
We managed to see three geysers erupting. The first one was the most predictable, the Old Faithful, that always has a crowd waiting to see it. A walk of about 40-minute took us to the next geyser called Lone Star. Where only about 20 people came to see its 15-minute show. A lot better than the first one. The last geyser had the most splashing show. It was a fountain type geyser, which in combination with the wind gave a free, sulphuric shower.
Everything is so nice to see, so here is another set of photos.
Visiting the Yellowstone park, we were guided by very detailed information from the blog szlakiusa.pl. The author describes with amazing accuracy and at the same time it is so artistic that after reading several times you had the impression you were already there. We highly recommend it.
We also visited the Teton National Park, which borders Yellowstone park from the south. There we met a bear about 20 meters from us. Fortunately, he was not interested in us, and fortunately we were in the car.