I'm not sure how, but we took a wrong turn on our way to Lamar Valley. I've never been happier to be detoured. When we stopped to turn around, we caught this momma black bear eating breakfast and waiting on her three cubs to come down from the tree above.
My little buffalo
We couldn't make it around the entire trail loop due to mud, but even the out and back was worth the stop. The lake was serene and the wildflowers beautiful. We also ran into this critter on our way to the lake.
More views from the trail
Enjoying a post-hike snack before hitting the road again.
More from Lamar Valley heading back toward the Tower-Roosevelt junction.
Our first grizzly bear. You have to look closely to see him...about 2 cm left from the center, just below the tree line. Unfortunately, when we came upon Mr. Grizzly, I didn't have my zoom lens and this was the best I could do with the lens in hand.
Walking around the tree and soon, over the hill and out of sight.
The Yellowstone River
Back in Paradise. Enjoying our evening on the porch, gazing at the sunset.