A windy and cold day in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming.
This one named appropriately. It was pretty wide and deep compared to many and my third favorite hot spring in the park (after Morning Glory and Emerald Pool). It’s like someone pasted a small slice of Aruba or Cancun into the middle of the country.
A 62-year-old Australian man sustained serious but
non-life-threatening injuries after an encounter with a bison near Old
Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park around 11 a.m. today.
According to witness reports, several people were crowding a bison that
was lying on the grass near an asphalt path, when the man approached
the bison while taking pictures with an electronic notepad. He got to
within 3 to 5 feet from the bison when it charged him, tossing him into
the air several times.
When responding rangers arrived on scene, the bison was approximately
100 yards from the victim. The victim was transported to a ground
ambulance and then taken by helicopter ambulance for further medical
Visitors are reminded that Yellowstone wildlife is
wild. Wildlife should not be approached, no matter how tame or calm they
When an animal is near a trail or boardwalk, visitors should
still give it a wide berth, not approaching closer than the recommended
safe distances: 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals - bison,
elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91
m) away from bears and wolves.
Bison can sprint three times
faster than humans can run and are unpredictable and dangerous. Visitors
are advised to always give the animals enough space, even if that means
altering their plans to avoid crowding the animal.
For further information on park safety, please visit:
Dear Scarlet, It has been one of my biggest dreams for us to be able to explore Yellowstone together. I have to say, you were completely in your element there. I couldn’t have asked for a better adventure partner. You stuck up for me to Bobby when I was too scared of bears, your little voice was filled with wonder the entire time. But I have to say, I think you were the most elated when you saw some birds riding on the back of a bison walking right next to our car. The last photo is you swimming at the lodge after a long day of hiking. This is the dream.
This is where I have to stop and say THANK YOU to everyone who made this dream a reality for us. It was surreal to be able to live it out. It’s hard to properly express gratitude without sounding like a cheeseball phony, but just know that we are so incredibly thankful to have been able to have had this opportunity and it wouldn’t have happened without you guys.