Artist point offers one of the most photographed views in Yellowstone.
Both the upper and lower decks were awash with tour groups and of course everybody wanted to take a picture of themselves in front of this iconic view, sans others.
We patiently awaited our turns. But just as one group had departed, another one promptly joined in to fill up the space. I wonder if the National Park Service would consider imposing some sort of quotas like the ones planned for Venice and Cinque Terre.
On the other hand, only a short distance away, Tower Fall is the perfect spot to enjoy a tranquil moment with nature without the crowd.
The 132-foot drop of Tower Creek, framed by towering volcanic pinnacles has been documented by early park visitors. Its idyllic setting inspired artists like Thomas Moran, whose painting of the Tower Fall played a crucial role in the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872.
And then finally…on our way to Tower-Roosevelt, we saw him!
Our first bear sighting in the Yellowstone National Park – given that we followed park warnings and skipped the hike to Natural Bridge the previous day.
He was such a happy baby.
Lying down comfortably on his tummy with his fluffy butt facing us.
Doing a few push-ups
Look at that posture! – straight back 🙂
and began foraging.
A kid in the crowd got excited, shouted and threw rocks at him. His parents said nothing. So we did!
Speaking of bears……While you are in West Yellowstone, the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a non-profit wildlife educational facility that’s worth a visit. Grizzlies kept there were either orphaned – such as Grant and Roosevelt mentioned in one of my earlier posts – or became too comfortable around humans, such as the 1050 pound Sam
who as a six-month old cub, after the disappearance of his mother, wandered into a fishing village where people began hand-feeding him.
It became quite a local attraction and a dangerous situation at the same time.
Without a mother to care for him and being accustomed to human food, Sam had to be placed in captivity and arrived at the Center in 1996.
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center gave these bears a second chance. Their stories help delivering a message to us humans – young and old – that bears in the wild should stay in the wild forever. To help out click here to adopt a bear like Sam or a wolf at the center.
This concludes out third day visit in the Yellowstone National Park. Click the link below to read previous posts of the day:
Yellowstone National Park – Artist Paint Pots
Yellowstone National Park – Norris Geyser Basin
Next up, Mammoth Hot Springs