It was time to return to Yellowstone, but first we watched the sunrise on the Tetons and visited Oxbow Bend. It was a very cold morning and there was steam rising from the water.
When we reached Willow Flats they were shrouded in mist.
Driving into Yellowstone it looked very different to when we have visited before. It was lush and green with high grass in many places. This was the first time we had driven through Lewis Canyon with no snow. We arrived in time to have breakfast at Fishing Bridge and began visiting favourite places, as this is the last time we will be here for quite a while.
The first stop was Sedge Bay.
Then on towards the East Entrance for a short while. There were carpets of wildflowers in these areas around the lake.
Returning around the lake we stopped briefly at Indian Pond.
Back at Fishing Bridge we took a walk across the bridge to watch the Cutthroat Trout make their way upstream and to look at the view.
Then on to Le Hardy Rapids.
We stopped for quite a while in the Hayden Valley to watch some distant elk in the river and the waterbirds. The valley was beautiful.
Heading over Dunraven Pass the meadows were sea of wildflowers. As we reached the bottom of the pass this coyote crossed the road.
Turning into the Lamar Valley large herds of bison were grazing with their young.
Reaching the toilets at Soda Butte Creek we discovered the swallows that had been building their nests on the structures were now sitting on the nests and feeling the heat.
We kept going on to the picnic grounds as a weasel had been lurking there recently, as well as the huge city of ground squirrels. We did not see the weasel, but a herd of young bull bison moved in. The reaction of a couple of people laying on the banks and unaware of them until warned by a person in the carpark when they were very close by is a scene worthy of winning Funniest Home Videos, as well as the cool approach of a fisherman trying to retreat to the carpark.