Wednesday, August 12, 2009

YNP- Jill's Photos

The credit for these photos goes to my wife Jill. She took them with my Nikon D70. She has an eye for photography too, now if she would just use it more often! These are all wonderful shots of Yellowstone NP.

Old something or other... just some water squirting out of a hole.

Mammoth Springs

Grumpy Joe & Jordan running.

Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon of YNP.

Me on the rocks.

Upper Falls YNP

Cold Mornings

My favorite!

Western Trip-YNP

Bison meets Dodge Ram

Our overall goal of our trip was Yellowstone National Park (YNP). We arrived through the south entrance via the Tetons National Park and not with out some near death experiences. Road construction nearly took our lives with poor planning and traffic management by Wyoming DOT. Two rock hauling 18 wheelers nearly took us out on a 7% grade while we were stopped on a blind curve just after a sign said "end construction." 200 feet or so from the sign was a flag man stopping traffic for more construction... no warning of a stop or construction ahead.

In any case, we got there and saw the Tetons in the fading sun and arrived at camp around 930 pm. There was lots of people in the park, lots of traffic, and few areas that were not far from the feeling of being in line for a ride at an amusement park. The traffic was bad due to road construction and wild animals that take up the lane or lens of dumb photographers from cars. Many motorist just parked their cars in the road and got out to photograph what ever they saw. We waited over 2 hours to go a few miles or so due to this.

A Bald Eagle over Big Thumb Creek.

Wildflowers

What a road!

Yellowstone Lake and a reflection of calm waters. I hiked around to this point and fished there... no fish.

Yellowstone Lake after sunrise.

Old Faithful

Old Faithful and all of us who came.

Mammoth Springs

Yellowstone National Park had lots of fishing places, but none were really open for fishing along the lake and Yellowstone River. Many on the book they give you show that fishing is allowed, but when you get there signs are all over the place saying you cannot fish. Puzzling and frustrating for I planned on some trout for dinner, lunch, etc. I would love to go back there again, maybe with four or five days to spend there and with less people / traffic. But for now, I think all of us had fun, even if it did sleet, snow, rain, and storm most of the days we were there.

Western Trains - Golden Spike Tower @ North Platte, NE

UP Bailey Yard

Our first official stop out west was the Union Pacific Railroad's Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska. We stopped at the Golden Spike Tower, which was built in 2005 for visitors to view this yard. The rail yard is the largest railroad classification yard in the world. The yard takes up 2,850 acres, with a total length of eight miles.

Bailey Yard handles 10,000 railroad cars per day and is immense in its size. There probably is something in your house that you can touch that has passed through here in your daily activities. I surely impressed with this size and scope of the yard and trackage for servicing locomotives. The tower was clean and had great viewing of the area. Even if you do not like trains as I do, come by and spent $6 to see it.



Western Trains- Sheridan, WY

On our return trip to Michigan we spent the night in Sheridan, WY. We departed later than expected due to doing laundry and waiting for clothes to dry. On our way north out of town (going to Montana and the Little Big Horn Battlefield), I stopped by the depot and caught a train there. I was on the wrong side to photograph better due to the sun being in the late morning setting and a train coming northbound shooting to the south east. The trains were both long and had lots of hoppers for coal traffic.

Two Powder River Basin (PRB) coal trains meet in Sheridan, WY. Here a north bound train meets with a south bound empty train. Both trains had helper units on the rear.

The north bound train (left) slows and stops with its three locomotive on the rear pushing it up and out of the PRB.

The south bound empty coal train gets the green signal to proceed to the many mines in the PRB coal field.

A friendly wave to Joe and I from the engineer.

South bound for the PRB mines where it will be loaded again.

The north bound train waits for its signal.

The rear pusher units are crewed here and will aid in its ascent out of the basin.