Summer night in Yellowstone

Pringles

Member
Joined
Nov 23, 2015
Messages
352
I love little one night trips. Hike a few miles in, set up, and see what you see. For the last couple of years, I’ve tried to get to new sites. I admit that I find a site or two that I like, and they’re the ones I try to go back to, again and again, so I am on a kick to try to see a few more sites. This trip was my first backpack of the year, and occurred in June. Everything was fresh and green. (I hope I didn’t do this trip already. I don’t think I did. Trout Whisperer said I should post more, and I didn’t think I had, so sorry if this is a rerun.)

The trail starts out flat and wide.

20220703_114618.jpg


After a bit, it actually turns, and you lose the feeling of being on a road.

20220703_121022.jpg


The walking was easy. There were views. There were little flowers right by the trail, and small animals and birds bumping around in the downed logs. I was always looking for bears, but never saw anything bigger than a chipmunk.

20220703_121639.jpg


20220703_121643.jpg


There was a bit of sameness to everything, but IT WAS THE FIRST TRIP OF THE SEASON!!!!! I’d missed that for the whole winter. It was pretty wonderful.

In just a few miles, I arrived lake side. This lake has four marked campsites. One seems to always be closed, which I think is due to nesting swans. I forgive them. They are welcome here. For this adventure, I was going to the site straight across the lake. On an earlier trip here, I had seen a couple of people who had inflatable inter-tube floaties, and had been moving around the lake. It looked like fun, but it also seemed a bit heavy. Dang it looked fun, though. Without any floaties of any kind, I was going to have to walk over there, so off I went.

20220703_132112.jpg


If it looks a little marshy, it’s because it was. Why yes, I did get my feet wet.

There was a stream I had to get across. I looked around and finally found a place where it was just narrow enough that I wouldn’t have to step in it. I was surprised that there wasn’t a trail leading directly to and from it, but I had to rediscover the route on the way out, too.

My campsite was in the trees ahead. Gotta get through the marshy stuff first, though.

20220703_133552.jpg


Waterfront property!!! Location, location, location!

I mean, it was ok… .

There was some wind, so I tended to hang around the camp kitchen, instead of right at the lakeshore. The kitchen area was back from the lake, maybe 100 feet. From it, you had a nice view, because the underbrush wasn’t very thick, and you were enough off the lake that you weren’t being buffeted by the wind. In fact, in Yellowstone, the things I think about most when picking a campsite are wind and bison. Wind can make it cold even in July, and bison… they’ll kill you. Then the bears will eat the body. Not good.

20220703_170226.jpg


20220703_170231.jpg


After I had the food hung, and put up my tent, those clouds actually turned into an afternoon storm. Fortunately, it was a perfect time for a nap.

I was awake enough to know that not only did it rain, and rain fairly hard, but there was hail. My tent dealt with the hail well.

Somehow, though, my fairly new Sea to Summit sleeping pad had lost it’s will to hold air. It had been plump when I put it in the tent, but now it was flat. Pancake flat. Hmmm. I blew some air in, but it didn’t seem to be getting full. Must look… .

Oh.

Somehow, I had put a slit in it, about two inches long. No wonder it wasn’t holding any air.

I didn’t think there was going to be a way to repair it, but I did have some Tenacious Tape. Maybe it would work. So I dug it out and cut a piece bigger than the cut. I rounded the corners, and then stuck it on. It covered the whole hole. I let it sit for a bit, though I don’t really know why. Curing? Tape? Whatever.

I grabbed my Flextale pump (which I really like, by the way), and reinflated it. It did inflate. I laid on it. I didn’t immediately pop. Maybe it would work.

I considered packing up and hiking out. I would have had time. But I did have a very thin closed cell mat, which I could use that night, in case the tape didn’t hold. I decided to stay. I had to test it somehow, right?

20220703_193309.jpg


Later, I had visitors.

The lake is theirs, but they don’t have to choose to check out the campers or the campsites, and every time I have stayed here, they not only cruise on by, but they stop and look around. I think they’re curious. Most animals are always working at finding things to eat. This couple seems to break up their day with checking out the visitors.

Last year, while staying at the lake, the two swans had two cygnets. It would have been within the same time frame, so I wonder if maybe something got their little ones this year. Anyway, they were alone.

20220703_194554.jpg


20220703_194602.jpg


They didn’t seem too afraid of my getting close. From what I’ve heard, they can be very nasty to deal with, but they were on their turf.

The night was uneventful, and the morning dawned sunny and bright. I guess I should say that the sleeping pad leaked a bit, and I had to blow it up a couple of times in the night, but then in the morning, it was still fully inflated. (In fact, I used it again a week later, and it held the whole night on the first inflation. Maybe Tenacious Tape should be renamed Miracle Tape? I had decided to try using it on one night trips in the summer, where I could get my money’s worth out of the pad, but not have any bad consequences if it were cold. I found it comfortable, and it is wide, without being super long. I’m (told I’m) short. That’s quite debatable… I seem to be the perfect height for me. Most of the wider pads are much longer than I need. The problem there is that the both ends bump the end of the tent. It’s ok, but if there’s any condensation, your bag ends up getting wet. So I liked the shorter pad, or at least the idea of it. Anyway, I will use the short pad for single night trips, when it’s kind of warm.

Oh, and cheap advice—always set up so that when you wake, you get the prettiest view possible. Stars. Lake. Mountain. Whatever. Go for the view.

20220703_202238.jpg


I headed over to the camp kitchen, and was drinking some coffee, when my friends showed up.

20220704_080304.jpg


I watched them and drank coffee. They watched me.

After a bit, they swam away. I continued to sit in my Helinox chair and drink coffee.

It was a beautiful morning with emerald grass and bright sun and the lake was a beautiful blue. (Turn your head. You’ll see. On my phone it shows right side up.)

20220704_081038.jpg


After a little bit, my neighbors came back. They even took a nap on my front lawn. One would look up at me every once in a while, then tuck his/her head back under his/her wing for a bit longer.

20220704_081102.jpg


20220704_102352.jpg


After they left, I walked down to the lake. They had left me a present.

I took the picture, but left the feather. (Federal law, and all.)

20220704_093240.jpg


20220704_095009.jpg


I packed up, and headed back to the trailhead.

20220704_100125.jpg


The paintbrush were out.

20220704_100139.jpg


So were the bluebells.

20220704_100201.jpg


There was a little splashy-splashy to be done.

20220704_100857.jpg


20220704_103737.jpg


And a look back at the lake.

One. Two. Three. Four. It’s good when you can count the clouds on one hand, at least if it’s not just one giant cloud.

Can you smell the fresh air?

20220704_100901.jpg


There was a meadow, near the lake. On the way in, I’m always to eager to get to the lake to take a picture of it. On my way out, I want to linger at everything.

20220704_101307.jpg


It was a fairly quick trip back to the car, through the logs and open area.

One more campsite to check off the list.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Jan 18, 2014
Messages
332
Holy hammock hangin Batman! I feel yer pain re: th dad gum leaky air mattress! If only there was a hammock layin around ya could’ve used! Good report
 

Pringles

Member
Joined
Nov 23, 2015
Messages
352
Thank you, TTW. I have a couple more short trips (weekend type) to post, but I'm busy with other stuff at the moment. I have kept the torn sleeping pad, and used it on trips where I've only gone out for a single night. I want to see how long the tape holds. Though I've now used the hammock for a few more nights and am really liking it. I've even been looking at replacing some of the more bulky hammock gear with lighter, more compressible gear. I think I need to go out a few more times though, before I throw more money at it.
 

Ugly

Life really is better Here
.
Joined
Apr 20, 2013
Messages
1,141
I do especially like the swan pictures. I think I read "Trumpet of the Swan" a half dozen times through, many years ago. In Yellerstone is where I first saw swans in the wild.
Seems a pleasant time, hiking in and then sitting by the lake enjoying it.
 

Pringles

Member
Joined
Nov 23, 2015
Messages
352
Thank you, Ugly. I look at the pictures now, and I can hardly wait for spring!
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
regehr flash flooding summer 2022 General Discussion 56
Rockskipper Yellowstone visitation down 34% over Memorial Day - maybe price of gas? Any predictions for the summer? General Discussion 17
Jackson A Late Summer Summit Trip Backpacking 6
TheMountainRabbit Bowen-Baker Loop (Never Summer Wilderness) - June 2020 Backpacking 1
C Dinwoody/Bonney Pass Summer Conditions Trip Planning 1
zionsky Glacier NP to Implement Ticketed Entry for Summer Season Trip Planning 29
WasatchWill A Trip to the Desert to Escape the Summer Heat Backpacking 9
beaver-one Yellowstone advice: Lamar River - Pelican Valley - Mirror Plateau loop this summer Trip Planning 6
kwc Summer Paddling in the Adirondacks On The Water 0
TheMountainRabbit Invite Never Summer Range, June 27th-29th Meet Up (Members Only) 0
Dhuff3243 Technical canyons suggestions for summer Trip Planning 0
Dreamer Wind River Dreaming | Summer 2019 July 17 - July 29 | Green River Lakes - Elkhart Park Backpacking 13
Dreamer Wind River Dreaming | Summer 2014 the first few days July 9 - 14 Backpacking 5
Ugly Sleeping with Pfieff, Maybird in May, or Summer -Winter Backpacking Winter Sports 7
scatman Yellowstone Lake - 2 Week Canoe Trip - Summer 2019 Trip Planning 24
Dreamer Wind River Dreaming | Summer 2012 trip 3 July 22 - August 8 | part two Backpacking 2
Dreamer Wind River Dreaming | Summer 2012 trip 3 July 22 - August 8 Backpacking 17
Dreamer Summer 2012: trip 1: a short visit to a small corner of The Great Wasted Forest of Northern Colorado Backpacking 11
chandlerwest Glacier National Park - Summer 2017 Hiking & Camping 14
muir_mountain (Updated Regularly) My Summer 2016 Backpacking Thread Backpacking 17
muir_mountain Undiscovered Wonder: Summer 2015 Backpacking 17
jkgear Table Mountain/Tetons Late Summer Trip Planning 12
Red Rock Rangers St. George summer Trip Planning 3
Nick Summer paddling suggestions Trip Planning 10
Bob Coming this Summer General Discussion 0
Vegan.Hiker Planning next summer's cross country trip... Trip Planning 22
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- September Part 2 Hiking & Camping 4
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- September Pt. 1 Backpacking 6
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- The Final Tour Backpacking 3
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Tour 7 North End Backpacking 6
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Tour 6 West Side again Backpacking 4
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Tour 5 on the East Side Backpacking 3
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Tour 4 North End Backpacking 6
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Tour 3 West Side Backpacking 3
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- A long weekend in SLC Backpacking 5
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Tour 2- East Side Hiking & Camping 5
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- 7.2 Loaf Mountain Hiking & Camping 3
Dave Summer Solstice on Causey Reservoir On The Water 9
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Tour 1 Hiking & Camping 5
klank Desolation Wilderness - Summer Solstice 2014 Backpacking 5
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Meadow Flowers and Hazelton Peak Hiking & Camping 7
Scott Chandler Summer in the CPW- Lookout views and fresh snow Hiking & Camping 3
TrektheWorld Anyone from the Denver area Colorado who would want to meet up this summer for a CO or UT jaunt? Meet Up (Members Only) 1
pbax Summer planning, suggestions welcomed Trip Planning 13
NAYR New Summer Gear Gear 2
Artemus Spring and Summer Runoff 2013 Trip Planning 7
Yvonne Ashdown Gorge Summer 2013 Meet Up (Members Only) 86
Deadeye008 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market General Discussion 3
gnwatts Summer trip Backpacking 7
Nick Summer Plans General Discussion 6

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top