This trip was planned because of all the bear and bear cub sightings that had been posted on the Facebook page for RMNP lately. Unfortunately, my usual entrance and exit to and from the park is always on Highway #19, but the spring weather had deteriorated the road badly and it was closed. I had to come and go from the main gate and could only take a short drive on #19 before getting the the barricade.
I had hoped to drive on #19 during dawn & dusk when a variety of nocturnal critters are known to be active. I booked the Elkhorn Resort because that is close to #19 and I could avoid driving after dark. But all turned out well, as you will see from my pictures. It was a great trip.
First up is the Moon, as I went to bed the night before followed by the sunrise in Winnipeg when I stopped to grab breakfast at McDonalds. Along with the sunrise is a Canada Goose begging for food in the parking lot. I’ve never seen a Goose walk up to a car looking for food before, but this one has obviously been fed this way. I told him no and he walked off and found food in the grass. After turning off #1 Highway onto #16 I turned and looked back towards the sunrise and saw it wasn’t looking very sunny yet.
I left home early on the 5th and with our longer days now, there was no driving in the dark and I made it to the park well before noon. It was too early to check into my room, so I took my time driving from south to north in the park, stopping for pictures as I went.
I saw the Pelicans at Spruces and the White-tail Deer beside the highway.
I took a few pictures at Grayling Lake. 🙂
Next was Moon Lake, where I took pictures and went for a bit of a walk.
I went further north after leaving Moon Lake to see if I could find a Moose in that “north of Moon Lake area”. And I found one on the way back who was walking in the wet ditch. I could hear her feet squishing in the water that I couldn’t see. I stopped just ahead of her, snapped a couple of pictures and after she passed me, I moved ahead of her again and snapped more. This went on for awhile, but I am only putting a select few pictures in here.
Great start to the day and it isn’t even noon yet.
To be continued.