We did the "Yellowstone Snowshoe Traverse" with Wildland Trekking in February, and we were lucky. The week before and the week after the temperature went below zero F, but for us things remained tolerable. To go to Yellowstone in winter puts you a in a different world. One month after I still remember the snowy landscape, the omnipresent bisons, the strange mixture of cold and hot water, mist in the air, and the smell of sulfur. Although we spent the nights at the Mammoth Lodge and then at the Snow Lodge of Old Faithful, the four days were very eventful and turned out to be very different from each other: We had a snow storm, then sun, days full of animal sightings, and days when we were completely alone apart from that lonely coyote.
We had two truly adventures moments. The first one, when Russ, our guide suggested to go for a swim in the Boiling River, a natural whirlpool, late in the afternoon and at about 12 degree F. The second one when we encountered a group of bison led by a big bull who was visibly in bad mood. As the highway was narrow, there was no escape for us, so we had to retreat, regroup behind lined up snowmobiles, and then get carried by the beasts on those noisy snow machines.
We really liked it, everything! Our guide cooking lunch in the snow, waiting for geysers, sinking in deep despite snowshoes.
Thank you Wildland Trekking, thank you Russ!
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