While I did not meet a bear (so disappointing) while we were camping last weekend in Wyoming, we did see a bunch of other wildlife.
Wait! I did see a bear. But not quite like I was hoping for. Though I'm sorta glad this one wasn't able to tap me on the shoulder. He was much bigger than he looks in the picture.
We did see LIVE wildlife! Like a moose--super up-close and personal.
Here he is again:
Can you even imagine carrying those antlers around on your head all day? Emma tried, but she needed some help. (Obviously, as one of her antlers is upside down!)
We also saw bison (are they the same as buffalo?) and lots of pronghorn antelope (which we call "white butts"):
And even though we see deer often living in Colorado, it's exciting when they visit your campsite in the evening to stop and say hello. Especially when they still have some of their spots and let you walk within a few feet of them before wandering away and finding more mushrooms to eat.
We also saw a whole romp (thank you, Susan--I tweeted that I'd seen them but didn't know what to call them and she googled it and tweeted me back--all while we were on the river--love technology!) of river otter.
A "romp" is the perfect name for a group of them--because that's exactly what they do--in water and at home.
First we saw them swimming in the water around the boat. And I got a little giddy. I just love seeing things like this! Our national parks are such a treasure.
Then we passed their house, where they were having a picnic dinner of fish. ::crunch, crunch, crunch:: They do not chew with their mouths closed.
(See the fish in his mouth? You can click on the pictures to see them blown up more.)
There were more around the side of their house playing a mad game of tag. In and out of the water, up and down and all around. They were so funny!
I didn't think the day could get any better, but when we got to the pull-out spot, THERE WAS A BEAVER! I've always wanted to see one in the wild. He swam around like a little log with his tail out behind him and then--BANG--smacked his tail on the water. It sounded like a gunshot. And then he swam around some more so I could take his picture.
There are wolves in the Tetons too, but we didn't see any this trip. So we'll just have to go back and let the wolves and bears know we're coming ahead of time so they can get ready to come out and say hello.