04.08.2010 - 04.08.2010 29 °C
Rise time: 5.40am.
As I had promised myself yesterday I got up early to get myself back to Artist Point for the sunrise over the canyon that I was denied before. I should picture what I looked like; so I'm here at the overlook with camera on tripod, I'm wearing tracksuit bottoms, a hoody, my rugby jacket top and I have my bright red socks on my hands to keep the biting wind off them. What a picture. I wasn't disappointed with the runrise today. It was breathe taking. Just as I had expected the sun lit the cayon and distant waterfall up in warm colours.
I got back to my car, put the heating on, and began to drive north. For the next two nights I'm staying in Roosevelt Country, the home of the best of Yellowstone's wildlife; bears, wolves, cayotes and more. I got to Tower campsite roughly an hour after I set off (the fact that it takes hours to travel between areas of the Park gives you an indication of how large it is). I had to put myself through the National Park service campsite reservation system, found myself a spot and immediately head out.
I went to Slough Creek, which was reported to have bear and wolf activity. When I got there I put myself on a hill, but say nothing. I had expected this seeing as the best wildlife activity is early in the morning and it was 10am. After I bumped into a Ranger who told me that a bear had recently been see with a carcass about nine miles down the road I headed down there. I wasn't disappointed. I looked through another Ranger's telescope and my own telephoto lens and saw a lone wolf and a grizzly bear on the other side of a valley.
By the time I got back to the campsite I was pretty exhausted and the early mornings were catching up on me. I spent the rest of the day reading. Reading hasn't been something I've done a lot of here. While I haven't read as much as I would have liked, I've read as much as I expected to. I bought a Grisham novel a couple of weeks ago and picked it up and read it all this afternoon. They are pretty trashy, but something is better than nothing. I'm now on the highly acclaimed biography of Abraham Lincoln and his competitors for the 1860 Republican Presidential nomination and their service in government together during the Civil War, Team of Rivals by Dorris Kearns. It is fascinating read. I'm interested in this period of history anyway, but it is remarkable to learn about Lincoln's political brilliance and ability to unify his opponents and country in the lead up to his nomination, election and success in the Civil War