We had a second day in Yellowstone which was awesome so instead of waking early to pack everything up again and move on we used that time to get out early to a walk with the hopes of seeing some wildlife. Sadly nothing was about but we were able to walk around some beautiful spots with hot pools and mud pots where it was bubbling up. It was nice to just walk around without anyone else there.
We then checked out a walk that went down from an upper plateau to a lower one taking in some great views and checking out the hot rivers that were mixing with the cold. We were supposed to move on to some hot pools for a swim but because the water was so high they had closed it which was a shame but instead we decided to go on a wildlife hunt around the park driving to the places where people had said they had seen bears recently. The weather was perfect so we had load of fun driving around and making up as we went along. Bison are everywhere so we saw lots of them and stopped to take pictures of a couple of big herds.
We had a bet going for the first person in the group to see a bear and get photo evidence … the first one we saw we knew there was something there because there was a large crown gathered around the edge of the road. It does kinda block the area up for a while but its a great way to realise there is something worth looking at. We stopped and went over to the main area and i managed to get the first photo!!! It was a black bear and it was pretty far away behind some bushes … it was quite hard to notice at the beginning but it walked around a bit and people were pointing it out for us.
The second one i saw was being scared away from the road by a ranger with a gun so we could stop for that one. The best one had to be a mother bear and her two cubs. They were pretty close to the road so we were being warned to move away if she came closer. She was down there moving around with her two cubs, one black and one brown and they really were quite close so we got some great photos before we had to move on.
We finished the day back at our campsite swimming in the river there and they bought me a bear hat that i had to wear .. awesome day!!!