It was a gorgeous hike with tons of wildflowers and the hope of big horn sheep at the top. It was a steep grade trail but we made a few stops for Kodak moments and one to eat our lunch. A pair of hikers stopped at our lunch spot and informed us that when they were hiking up that morning, a big black bear was passing thru right where we were eating. Be aware of the bear!! We never saw anything. Bear or sheep. We also never made it to the top. Too much for little legs and adult legs for that matter. You could really see the smoke billowing miles away from the top of our hike. We thought it must be the Gun Barrel fire burning in the canyon on your way into the park. Earlier that morning, we drove right past the Gun Barrel fire. The winds had shifted and it was headed back towards the highway. Luke insures a few ranches in danger of the fire and we stopped in to check on one of them. The firefighters had been up most of the night protecting the structures, but nothing had been touched.
Anyway, it turns out it was the fire by Fishing Bridge that had refueled by the winds. The drive back from the hike was pretty eerie. Flames and black smoke directly across the river from us. We were trying to get back quickly just in case they were to close the road. Trish and Cody were hoping that they would not get evacuated from their campground, but the fire was getting huge when we left. We hope they are all alright and enjoying the rest of their vacation. See you at Thanksgiving!
Baby buffalo Wyoming traffic jam
Gun Barrel fire at 8am
Gun Barrel fire at 4pm
Colton and Brayden
Emmett asleep in pack
YNP fire at 9am
YNP fire at 3pm