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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Wolves Are Back

Yesterday I didn’t make a blog post.  It was somewhat of a relaxing day for us after three really hectic adventure days.  In the morning we went for a bike ride around one of the neighborhoods.  It was a bit windy, but it is so level here, that the exercise really felt good.

In the afternoon we took a ride to the Southwest to visit Red Rock RV park and Henry’s Lake State Park.

We had seen Red Rock RV Park featured on an RV show so were interested in checking it out.  It was nice, but not all that special in my mind.  Out in the middle of no where as far as surroundings.

We then drove over to Henry’s Lake SP.  The volunteers at the gate were really nice and gave us a free temporary pass to check the place out.  The campground was nice, very open, and clean.  Unfortunately, it lacked sewers.  2 bars of Verizon cell service, so that is good.

This morning we moved from Wagon Wheel RV Park to Grizzly Bear RV park.  Only took 4 minutes between locations.  The park is nice enough and well maintained.  I’m sure Carol will have some great pictures of it on her blog soon.

This afternoon we went to the  Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.  It is a not-for-profit mini zoo featuring wolves and bears.  They are adding an otter habitat too.  It was well done and we got to see wolves and bears out in their habitats.

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The wolves were eliminated from the park and surrounding areas back in the 1930s.  In 1996, the National Park Service decided to re-introduce them to the park to bring things back to the way they were before.  They started with 3 packs of animals, each with 6-7 wolves.  Today there are 21 known packs yet with all the elk kills, the elk population is maintaining a steady population.  Surely nature has adapted to the new predator besides the coyote and grizzly bears.

Not sure what we are doing tomorrow, our last day here before leaving for Glacier NP.  We may take a boat tour of Yellowstone Lake or we may drive down to Grand Teton NP for a quick survey visit.  We actually visited there back in the mid 1990s with our first RV.  Unfortunately, I was sick most of that time and didn’t really do much.  So maybe, if it looks good, we may come back someday for a longer visit.

1 comment:

Donna K said...

We sure enjoyed the wolf center. We stayed at a hotel in town and we could hear them howling every evening.

The Tetons were where we got to see moose - rather close too. It is a beautiful area and we loved it as much as Yellowstone.