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Itinerary

2016 Tentative Itinerary

Group with Ranger Beth Taylor

Meeting with Ranger Beth

Thursday, January 14
Meet at RDU Terminal 2 at 5 a.m.
Fly from Raleigh, NC to Bozeman, MT via Chicago
Arrive in Bozeman at 11:50 a.m.
Drive to YNP (~2 hours)
Group meeting – goals, introductions, responsibilities
Dinner at Mammoth or in Gardiner
Lodging at Mammoth Hotel

View of Lower Falls of the Yellowstone from Artist Point

Lower Falls

Friday, January 15
Breakfast at Mammoth Hotel (~6:30 a.m.)
7:30 a.m. luggage out for pickup, lobby at Mammoth
Depart at 8 a.m. Snowcoach to Old Faithful
Geology of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Box lunch (provided)
Wildlife observation in Hayden Valley
Arrive at 6 p.m. at Old Faithful
8 p.m. dinner at Snow Lodge
Lodging at Snow Lodge Cabins

Steam from Old Faithful at sunrise

Sunrise at Old Faithful

Saturday, January 16
Breakfast at Snow Lodge (~6:30 a.m.)
Sunrise hike in Upper Geyser Basin
Geology of Upper Geyser Basin with Ranger Rebecca?
Depart at 1 p.m. on Snowcoach to Mammoth
Fountain Paint Pots – 4 types of thermal features
Arrive at 6 p.m. at Mammoth
7:30 p.m. Dinner at Mammoth Hotel
Lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Snowshoe hike

Snowshoe hike

Sunday, January 17
Breakfast at Mammoth Hotel (~6:30 a.m.)
Morning wildlife observation in Lamar Valley
Learn about wildlife adaptations for winter
Possible morning snowshoe hike
Lunch in Cooke City
Visit to one-room schoolhouse in Cooke City
Showshoe hike with wildlife photographer Dan Hartman
Wildlife observation in Lamar Valley
8 p.m. dinner at Mammoth Hotel or in Gardiner
Lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

Monday, January 18
Breakfast at Mammoth Hotel (~6:30 a.m.)
Morning wildlife observation in Lamar Valley
Meet with Kira Cassidy at Mammoth Hotel, 7:15 a.m.
Learn about wolf reintroduction and management
Lunch in Cooke City
Snowshoe hike
Evening wildlife observation in Lamar Valley
Dinner at Mammoth Hotel or in Gardiner
Lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Tuesday, January 19
Breakfast at Mammoth Hotel (~6:30 a.m.)
Visit Mammoth Hot Springs with Ranger Beth Taylor, 8 a.m.
9 a.m. depart hotel
12:30 p.m. departure from Bozeman, MT
Layover in Chicago
~8:45 p.m. arrival at RDU

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