Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight [Update 6/29]

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Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight [Update 6/29]

Post by Larkarl » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:10 pm

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The WolfQuest game environment, as you most likely know, is closely based off areas of Yellowstone National Park. The park was established in 1872 and is the United States' oldest national park. Wolves were reintroduced into the area as early as 1995, and Yellowstone currently supports a population of about 100 wolves making it a great setting for the WolfQuest game. But- that's just the beginning of what Yellowstone has to offer. Those fortunate enough to visit are able to see a wide variety of wildlife and geothermal features. By now you're probably wondering, what was up with the disclaimer and what does this have to do with anything?

Not everybody gets a chance to see Yellowstone National Park. I am lucky enough to be visiting for the fourth year in a row this summer. For those of you who have never been there, this is an opportunity to get a taste of what the WolfQuest environment is based on. I will be documenting my trip through video and photographs and will be sharing the things I see and do with the WolfQuest community on this thread.

In addition to Yellowstone I will be visiting:
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Glacier National Park, Montana
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I will post video updates when possible and show you some teaser photographs/videos while I'm actually on my trip. When I return home, I'll combine the footage into a short documentary and post a link to the finished video. I hope that it will be both interesting and entertaining- maybe you'll learn some things along the way, too!

Some cool things you can do:
- Suggest animals, places, or things that you want to see in Yellowstone; we'll do our best to fulfill those requests.
- Ask questions on this thread! In my video updates I'll answer them to the best of my ability. You can ask about geology, wolves, stuff we do on our trip, or random things. I'll answer most anything, really.
- In the meantime, check out the Old Faithful geyser webcam, which keeps an eye on geysers in the area:
http://www.nps.gov/features/yell/live/live4.htm

My trip starts on the 15th, and you can expect the first video update to come then or on the 16th! Hope you're as excited as I am~
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight

Post by Koa » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:29 pm

Ah, I remember you bringing this up awhile back. Very exciting indeed! I'll be off from exams right when you begin your adventure, so I'll be around.

Since you're open for suggestions, could you perhaps do a feature on Kepler Cascades? From what I've read its visible from Old Faithful, too,
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight

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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight

Post by Larkarl » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:13 pm

(Thanks, flower.)

Koa, I'll certainly try! They are indeed visible from the area around Old Faithful.
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight

Post by Nor-easter Forecast » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:07 pm

Kepler is visible from Old Faithful? I didn't know that.

I just got back from my first trip to Yellowstone on May 28th, and almost started a topic like this myself. I'm glad you're doing it, Larkarl. However, there's practically no Internet in the park (except for Mammoth Hot Springs) so how are you going to post stuff? Just wondering.

If I may request, you should maybe get some pictures of Slough Creek for everyone here on WQ. I've been there myself, so seeing it again would be no big deal, but I image everyone else would like to see it.

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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight

Post by Larkarl » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:09 pm

We will definitely be hanging around Slough Creek.

As for internet, there will be video updates when I am able to get to places with internet.
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight

Post by BlackWarrior » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:26 pm

This is super exciting, Larkarl! ^^
I remember you bringing this up not too long ago, and mentioning the idea of documenting the trip. I myself am excited, and I'm sure you are as well!

This should be a great experience for the WQ community, especially seeing the animals and scenery that made up the WolfQuest game. I have never been to Yellowstone personally, so I look forward to seeing the park in reality. Good luck! I'm sure many of us are interested in your first video release! Thanks for sharing your experience!
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight

Post by sSilvers » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:27 am

This will be neat! ^^ I'm really excited to see if their will be a video of Slough Creek if you can catch one~!
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight

Post by Larkarl » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:35 pm

Update 6/16/2012

We are in the lovely state of North Dakota, two days into the trip. Yesterday we had the opportunity to visit the capital, Bismarck. Unusually it's more like a skyscraper than your regular dome-shaped structure:
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll22 ... G_3263.jpg

ND is currently experiencing an oil boom since science has made the process of hydraulic fracturing economical. The state currently has the lowest unemployment rate in the US, but due to the rise in pollution, crime, and housing problems, drilling oil in North Dakota has become a controversial issue. You can read more about that in these articles:
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/25/140784004 ... rth-dakota
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/02/142695152 ... kota-towns
http://www.npr.org/2012/05/14/152653964 ... s-downside
http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/ ... snews&lite


Today, we detoured off the interstate to travel through some back roads. We eventually visited both the south and north units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which features interesting geological features and a ton of wildlife:
http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll22 ... G_3291.jpg

And finally, today's video update can be summed up in one word: sheep.

Turn up your volume for sound.

Tomorrow is a grand 12 hour driving day, and we will be making it through most of Montana. Expect another update in two or three days!
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight [Update 6/16]

Post by 1BitJay » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:49 pm

Sheep, baa! That is so funny Larkarl. Pretty picture though. I would love to see some wolves, hopefully in Montana. Also get sone pictures if Montana scenery. I have never been anywhere west of Branson, MO. XD
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight [Update 6/16]

Post by Sambhur » Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:59 am

What an interesting topic you have here, Larkal. o: I'll be on the lookout for more updates! :>
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight [Update 6/16]

Post by Honey wolf » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:20 am

You have to love the sheep.

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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight [Update 6/16]

Post by Katherine Vampire » Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:18 am

Haha sheep. Who doesn't love that sheep?!
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It's interesting, Lark. I hope I will see more of your photos. XD

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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight [Update 6/16]

Post by Larkarl » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:29 pm

Update 6/20/12

Today we came back to civilization in Missoula, MT. This is probably going to be the easiest driving day of our trip; I arrived for a brief college tour at 1PM at the University of Montana. For those of you looking into colleges, I can tell you this one has a beautiful campus complete with a mountain. It's pretty sweet.
http://www.umt.edu/

The more exciting things happened in the past two days. We camped at both ends of Glacier National Park as well as took a brief side trip up to Waterton in Canada. Unfortunately, it rained straight through those two days. The Going to the Sun road connecting West Glacier to East Glacier finally opened on the 19th. On a good-weather day the road gives you spectacular views of the mountains. Because it had been raining for quite a few days, everything was very foggy and we didn't get to see much of the mountains and glaciers. However- the journey was still exciting. It was almost like being in the Hallelujah mountains from Avatar. At times you could see a whole chunk of mountain, but nothing above or below it. The waterfalls were also abundant and amazing.

We arrive in Yellowstone tomorrow.

Here is the first part of today's video update, in which I talk about Glacier's location briefly:


The second part is a slideshow of pictures for your viewing convenience:
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Re: Yellowstone (and more): A Brief Insight [Update 6/20]

Post by WolvesOfTheSeas » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:00 am

Wow how interesting and camping too? Tthanks for sharing
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