Thursday Thirteen #61 — Home on the Range


If you haven’t been here since my return from Yellowstone, let me recap for you:

Thirteen Things from Yellowstone
1. I’ve learned the wisdom of wool socks. I’ve vowed to only wear bamboo and wool socks from now on. We’ll see if I can accomplish this; cotton’s cheaper. But not nearly as nice.2. This guy was on the menu every night we were in the Park. Yum. (Well, okay, it was his farm-raised cousin. But you get the idea.)

3. I survived snowshoeing. This elk didn’t. Or maybe he was there as a trophy for my first snowshoeing experience.

4. This guy — we think — along with a friend welcomed me to my first snowshoeing trip. He and his friend stood forty yards apart… on opposite sides of the trail we were taking, and didn’t leave us a way around him. So the eight or so of us had to thread the bull elks. Who had big antlers that could have hurt us. Badly.

5. I put on four layers of pants and stood outside with a small group — ten or twelve of the twenty-seven of us — and watched this beautiful lady erupt for the last time in 2007.

6. This is her last daylight eruption of 2007.

7. This is her in 2008. She’s aging well, isn’t she?

8. She wasn’t the only thermal feature with things to say.

9. Daisy went off.

10. Riverside went off.

11. Castle went off.

12. Seeing all three of these — and the cross-country ski group got to Lonestar just as it erupted too — was pretty darn special. One of our three guides (who live nearby and do research in the park) said he’s been waiting years to see Castle erupt. I decided it was the Park’s way of thanking us, since we were there as part of a National Parks Conservation Association trip.

13. Yep. Saw wolves. From a distance. A great distance. I bet they knew we were there, only able to see them through our spotting scopes.

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Photos other than of the Yellowstone Gate in the header are Copyright 2007-2008 by Me, Susan Helene Gottfried. If you want to use them, please do so with proper citation. I’m proud of these puppies!



  1. pjazzypar

    January 9, 2008 6:36 pm

    I did miss you last week. Great pictures. I am glad you enjoyed your vacation. Happy New Years and Happy TT.

  2. Sandy Carlson

    January 9, 2008 6:54 pm

    What a wonderful experience. Your pictures make it real for me, too–virtually! Thanks for this post. Too bad about the elk who couldn’t handle the snow shoes.

  3. Dana

    January 9, 2008 6:58 pm

    Looks wonderful. How cold was it?

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 9, 2008 7:00 pm

    Days started out around zero or negative five or ten, and the highs were around 20. Let me tell you, 20 feels HOT by the last day! The day we were at Old Faithful, I took three showers!!!

  5. Morgan Leigh

    January 9, 2008 7:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures. 🙂 Happy TT!

  6. Chelle Y.

    January 9, 2008 7:11 pm

    That place looks really cold! Burr….

  7. thrivingat30

    January 9, 2008 7:11 pm

    I would love to experience a trip like that! Thanks for including so many beautiful pictures! Happy TT!BR/BR/

  8. ellen b.

    January 9, 2008 7:35 pm

    Wow to see all that glory, it would be worth it to be cold!

  9. Amy Ruttan

    January 9, 2008 7:38 pm

    Wolves brought into Yellowstone from Canada!!! :DBR/BR/We have lots. 😉

  10. Nicholas

    January 9, 2008 7:55 pm

    Wonderful photos. I could almost feel the cold. What wonderful experiences you have to look back on.

  11. Lori

    January 9, 2008 7:55 pm

    It looks like a wonderful trip. Wool socks and all. Great pics:) Happy TT my friend. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  12. Dont make me get out my flying Monkeys!

    January 9, 2008 8:00 pm

    Great List, Impressive!BR/BR/Come take a look at my bok bok blog!

  13. Hootin' Anni

    January 9, 2008 8:08 pm

    I’ve never been to Yellowstone in the winter…always summertime.BR/BR/Beautiful photos.BR/BR/My 13 is shared now.

  14. Hootin' Anni

    January 9, 2008 8:08 pm

    I’ve never been to Yellowstone in the winter…always summertime.BR/BR/Beautiful photos.BR/BR/My 13 is shared now.

  15. Hootin' Anni

    January 9, 2008 8:08 pm

    I’ve never been to Yellowstone in the winter…always summertime.BR/BR/Beautiful photos.BR/BR/My 13 is shared now.

  16. Dewey

    January 9, 2008 8:11 pm

    I can’t wear wool, but I’m really curious about the advantages of bamboo. My feet are always cold!

  17. Rebecca

    January 9, 2008 8:32 pm

    Great photos! 🙂

  18. bunnygirl

    January 9, 2008 8:40 pm

    Nice pics! It looks very cold, though. I know I would’ve suffered. If I go, I’ll go in summer. BR/BR/I bet the hot springs were fantastic after a day out in those temps!

  19. Sue

    January 9, 2008 9:06 pm

    Gorgeous pics Susan! I especially like the one of the wolves. It is good to think there are still places where they can run free 🙂 Happy TT!

  20. fullbodytransplant

    January 9, 2008 9:11 pm

    Gorgeous stuff, but there is one problem. You got me hungry for buffalo!

  21. marci

    January 9, 2008 9:12 pm

    Simply stunning. Thanks for sharing. One day I’ll get there. Although I think I’m more of a spring/autumn sort of visitor.

  22. Cheerio

    January 9, 2008 9:20 pm

    Oh that poor elk. He must have gotten so cold.

  23. Tia Nevitt

    January 9, 2008 9:52 pm

    Wow! Sounds like a fabulous trip!BR/BR/You cracked me up about wool socks. I had to wear them in Basic Training and I don’t miss them! But then, I’ve never lived in a cold climate.BR/BR/When I lived in AZ, some elk came trampling through our campsite in the middle of the night. Talk about exciting!


    January 9, 2008 9:56 pm

    What a cool treat!! No pun intended. Wool socks are a must – it’s fun getting out and about in cold weather — but seeing these sights, must have been incredible!

  25. The Gal Herself

    January 9, 2008 10:08 pm

    Love the beautiful, snowy photos! I was in Yellowstone in July, so I appreciated this new perspective. (Thanks for visiting my TT)

  26. SJ Reidhead

    January 9, 2008 10:47 pm

    Beautiful!BR/BR/SJRBR/The Pink FlamingoBR/

  27. Janet

    January 9, 2008 10:50 pm

    OMG WOW! Is THAT what you did! How AWESOME! I love the wolf pic, of course 🙂

  28. damozel

    January 9, 2008 11:16 pm

    Another gorgeous photo essay! This has been a particularly rich set of Thursday 13’s. I LOVED the geysers….wow. The only thing I didn’t like was the dead elk….awwwwww. BR/BR/Beautiful. Expect to see a link to it soon. I “collect” great photo essays, being addicted to them myself. This is the THIRD today and some weeks there aren’t any at all…BR/BR/BR/Mine: A LINKINDEX=”220″ SET=”yes” HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”T13 #11 |nbsp; Pictures from the Earth–quot;Closed for Winterquot;/A

  29. Open Grove Claudia

    January 9, 2008 11:37 pm

    It’s so beautiful. Um… random comments? Elk are very scary, I think. Have you seen a mad bull elk? very scary. We eat bison chili about at least once a month. It’s good – more Omega 3s than 6s.BR/BR/I am glad you had a nice time. It’s so beautiful!BR/BR/Happy TT!BR/A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”My TT is about my rules of living./A

  30. julia

    January 10, 2008 12:49 am

    Wow!! Great photos of the elk and the sunset geyser. Gorgeous. What a wonderful TT to discover, Susan! Glad your trip went so well.

  31. Camille Alexa

    January 10, 2008 1:33 am


  32. cajunvegan

    January 10, 2008 1:40 am

    Breathtaking pictures! BR/BR/I have always wanted to visit Yellowstone in the fall … ch-ch-ch-changes. BR/BR/Mine is up and bannedalicious as usual.

  33. Robin

    January 10, 2008 2:14 am

    Gorgeous photos! I’d love to get there someday… Though after hearing the winter temperatures, I’m thinking it would have to be a spring or summer visit!

  34. pussreboots

    January 10, 2008 2:16 am

    Fantastic post. I love the photos. My TT is about a trip I took to Alaska.

  35. Danika / OpenChannel

    January 10, 2008 3:02 am

    Beautiful photos, Susan. Especially #5,6, and 13. I’ve been to Yellowstone, but with much less snow. What a great way to enter the new year.BR/BR/You also saw a lot more wildlife then I did… but then again, you probably attract party animals… haha.BR/BR/I don’t really do TT’s any more, but I do have something up this week that I think you’ll appreciate. 🙂

  36. Celticlibrarian

    January 10, 2008 6:12 am

    Great pics! I’m glad that you had a good time in Yellowstone, and that you didn’t freeze.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  37. Gattina

    January 10, 2008 7:49 am

    I have seen the first moose in my life in Yellowstone park !

  38. Gabriella Hewitt

    January 10, 2008 8:41 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures. What a trip you had. But it sure looks cold. Brrr.

  39. Red Garnier

    January 10, 2008 9:47 am

    This is a really cool TT, Susan dear! And happy NY year!! I’ve missed you. Thanks for the offer on the WIP, if I can’t whip it together, I’ll call the backup, LOL!! Hugs!

  40. Darla

    January 10, 2008 10:25 am

    Glad you’re back, but that looks wonderful! I’ve never been to Yellowstone–I’d love to visit some day.

  41. ~*angelle*~

    January 10, 2008 11:17 am

    I really enjoyed the photos. Especially the last!BR/BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”my 13/A

  42. Moondancer

    January 10, 2008 11:41 am

    What a great trip, and ymmmm buffulo. Reminds me why I need to get the heck out of the city.BR/BR/Happy TTBR/BR/

  43. {Karla}

    January 10, 2008 11:41 am

    I’ve been dying to get there… My parents went a few years back and loved it.BR/BR/Blessings,BR/KarlaBR/Happy T13

  44. tickledpink.nicole

    January 10, 2008 11:46 am

    Just last night at dinner we talking about going to Yellowstone. Must be a sign!

  45. Frank and Renee Rocco

    January 10, 2008 12:21 pm

    Wow! What an amazing trip.BR/BR/Happy TT.BR/BR/Renee

  46. Lesley

    January 10, 2008 12:59 pm

    What a fun trip! I really want to go to Yellowstone one of these days when the wee ones are big enough to appreciate it. It’s just so beautiful.

  47. Holly

    January 10, 2008 1:03 pm

    Wow beautiful photos! I’d like to go there myself someday. Thanks so much – I very much enjoyed this TT-13.BR/BR/And thank you for visiting my TT-13!BR/BR/Smiles,BR/HollyBR/

  48. Wylie Kinson

    January 10, 2008 2:09 pm

    beautiful pics, SHG. Thanks for sharing them with us. BR/I’ve never been to Yellowstone, but hope to one day soon. I still think of Yogi and Jellystone whenever I see Yellowstone – I’m SUCH a kid – *G*

  49. Julia

    January 10, 2008 2:16 pm

    WOW this is an interesting experience trip! I can not imagine being out there in 20 degree! You’re brave soul LOLBR/BR/Pretty photos and interesting lesson learn. Thanks for sharing! Happy TTs!

  50. L^2

    January 10, 2008 2:52 pm

    Wow, I love all the photos! It looks like you had a great trip. BR/BR/You must be able to tolerate the cold well though, I’d never be able to wander around Yellowstone in the winter.

  51. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 10, 2008 2:57 pm

    That research into long underwear paid off — it didn’t feel nearly as cold as I’d expected.BR/BR/Plus, I seem to acclimate pretty quickly. This wasn’t the first trip I’ve noticed how fast I’ve adapted to the weather.

  52. vixensden

    January 10, 2008 3:46 pm

    I was already so jealous that you got to go, but now with pictures…oh I am green with envy!!!BR/BR/Happy TT

  53. storyteller

    January 10, 2008 4:15 pm

    Brrrrrr … methinks I’ll wait for summer to visit this National Park! I did enjoy your photos, however … so thanks for sharing. Welcome back.BR/Hugs and blessings,

  54. Shelley Munro

    January 10, 2008 4:57 pm

    I’m visiting Yellowstone this summer. I can’t wait. I loved your photos.

  55. Missy

    January 10, 2008 7:08 pm

    Great list! Thanks for sharing pics from your trip; they were awesome.

  56. Natalie

    January 10, 2008 7:25 pm

    That looks cold, but still looks fun!

  57. Linda R. Moore

    January 10, 2008 7:30 pm

    I’m so glad that you got to see wolves. And geysers. And that large animals with pointy antlers did not do you insult. :)BR/BR/I have three TTs this week.BR/BR/Raven’s Rides: 13 places I went on my motorcycle yesterdayBR/Raven’s RV: 13 things we did in the RV when the power went outBR/Raven’s Range: 13 thoughts about Thursday ThirteenBR/BR/The link above has links to all three. 🙂

  58. FRIGGA

    January 10, 2008 7:58 pm

    It sounds like you had an awesome time – great pictures!! 🙂

  59. Allison

    January 10, 2008 9:08 pm

    Awesome pics! I’ve been to Wyoming (plan to live in Colorado because T’s parents live there, his dad’s in Cheyenne now because he works for Union Pacific), but we nixed the trip to Yellowstone because we didn’t want to have to deal with small ones in the car. It would have been our 2 in ours (P was only a year, D was 10), and 2 in my bil’s! Oh yeah, and it was really hot in July 06!!!

  60. Norma

    January 10, 2008 10:13 pm

    Really wonderful photos. What a great trip. Cold but lovely.BR/BR/My TT is up.

  61. Starrlight

    January 10, 2008 11:01 pm

    Lovely =)

  62. Nicole Austin

    January 10, 2008 11:11 pm

    The pictures are amazing. Looks like it was a great trip! BR/BR/Happy TT!

  63. xakara

    January 10, 2008 11:15 pm

    Wonderful pictures. So glad you’re back sweetie! Share as many more as you like, I’d love to see them and hear all about it. BR/BR/~X

  64. Ann

    January 10, 2008 11:57 pm

    Awesome pictures. Sounds like it was a wonderful trip. I hope to have pictures from my trip to post next week.

  65. Malcolm

    January 11, 2008 12:47 pm

    Thanks for the photo recap. Bamboo and wool socks sound really comforting. However, I like the idea of cheaper cotton socks.

  66. Uisce

    January 11, 2008 1:24 pm

    Bamboo socks? Really? See, I learn something every day! 🙂

  67. Thomma Lyn

    January 11, 2008 9:31 pm

    Oh, Susan — I’m *swooooning* and *sighing* here. The area around Yellowstone is my Dream Place to live. I was there as a nine year old, and I never forgot it — thank you so much; your pictures brought back some wonderful, cherished memories. :)BR/BR/Hugs to you, my friend!

  68. spyscribbler

    January 12, 2008 2:36 pm

    Oh! I was looking forward to these!BR/BR/I’ve never seen a geyser. 🙁 And I love wolves, but I’ve never seen one up close, either.BR/BR/Very cool pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  69. Tink

    January 12, 2008 4:50 pm

    Wow….BR/BR/Just … WOW!BR/BR/I’d love to go to Yellowstone!BR/Thanks for visiting my expensive cities TT.

  70. Jill

    January 12, 2008 4:57 pm

    You forgot to put me in your luggage!!!BR/Did you have fun while there?? Didn’t freeze a lot?

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