Thursday, September 20, 2018

Yellowstone National Park (6-12)


[1. 簡介] [2. 旅遊建議/食宿交通] [3. Sightseeing] [4. Winter Activities] [5. Wildlife Watching] [6. Day Hiking] [7. Other Activities] [8. Who's Who in the Park] [9. More about the Park] [10. 感想]


6. Day Hiking

[6-1. Mount Washburn] [6-2. Artists Paintpots] [6-3. Trails at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone] [6-4. Natural Bridge] [6-5. Ranger-Led Hike: Lupine Loop Walk] [6-6. Mystic Falls] [6-7. Bunsen Peak] [6-8. Beaver Ponds Loop] [6-9. Lone Star Geyser] [6-10. The Hoodoos] [6-11. Petrified Trees of Specimen Ridge] [6-12. Pelican Creek Nature Trail] [6-13. Cascade Lake] [6-14. Monument Geyser Basin] [6-15. Fairy Falls/Imperial Geyser] [6-16. Elephant Back Mountain] [6-17. Hellroaring Creek] [6-18. Yellowstone River Picnic Area Trail]

6-12. Pelican Creek Nature Trail

Pelican Creek Nature Trail是Yellowstone Lake區域的一條短步道,步道口在Fishing Bridge東邊大約1 mile的地方。這步道來回只有1 mile多一點,而且很平,走起來比較像是在散步而不是hiking。即使如此,這依然是grizzly bear可能出沒的地方,據說他們會到湖邊抓cutthroat trout,不曉得沒抓到魚的話會不會想抓人......。總之,要走前還是要有點相關準備。

IMG_1329 Pelican Creek Nature Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Figure 6-12.1: 步道口在Fishing Bridge東邊一點的地方,步道雖然很短,但還是貼上可能遇到grizzly bear的警告。

IMG_1330 Absaroka Range, Yellowstone National Park
Figure 6-12.2: Yellowstone Lake以及遠方的Absaroka Range。

IMG_1332 Pelican Creek Nature Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Figure 6-12.3: 高大的樹主要是lodgepole pine。

IMG_7661 Manyflowered Phlox (Phlox multiflora)
Figure 6-12.4: 之前已經在Bunsen Peak Trail看過的manyflowered phlox (Phlox multiflora)。

這步道雖然大都是走在以lodgepole pine為主的樹林裡,但會走到Yellowstone Lake的湖邊,除了這湖所提供的開闊視野,Absaroka Range可以算是最醒目的遠方山脈,而往南也可以看到Mount Sheridan這位於公園南邊的山。

這步道的吸引力不完全是在看風景,野生動物是另一個重點,主要是看水鳥。Pelican Creek在這地方注入Yellowstone Lake,同時提供了不少水鳥喜歡的濕地,其中American white pelican是最容易看到的之一,也因此步道與溪流都以這長相有趣的鳥命名。

在還沒開始走前就已經可以遠遠看到這群在沙洲上的American white pelican,我希望這步道可以帶我到較近的距離,結果還是比我預期遠了不少,加上他們當時大都在睡覺,整體觀賞效果並不算好。即使如此,這步道的名稱算名符其實,確實可以在這看到pelican。

IMG_1335 Pelican Creek Nature Trail
Figure 6-12.5: 在沙洲上白白的就是American white pelican。

IMG_7667 Pelican Creek Nature Trail
Figure 6-12.6: 剛好遇到這些pelican的睡覺時間。

IMG_7672 American Robin, Yellowstone National Park
Figure 6-12.7: 回程時遇到一隻尋常的American robin。

IMG_7677 Pelican Creek Nature Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Figure 6-12.8: 還算lovely的倒影。

其實步道口旁跨過Pelican Creek的橋附近也是欣賞水鳥的好地方,除了尋常的Canada geese與mallard外,我也在這看過trumpeter swan。在走這步道的前後,不妨先check一下步道口的橋邊,也許會看到精彩的,包括看到osprey或是bald eagle。

儘管這趟短短的hiking不算完全成功,但這區域的濕地基本面不錯,確實是水鳥喜歡來的地方,不該以一次的經驗就下結論,我自己是有興趣再到這多走幾次。如果你對看水鳥有興趣,這也是個值得check的地方。

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[6-1. Mount Washburn] [6-2. Artists Paintpots] [6-3. Trails at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone] [6-4. Natural Bridge] [6-5. Ranger-Led Hike: Lupine Loop Walk] [6-6. Mystic Falls] [6-7. Bunsen Peak] [6-8. Beaver Ponds Loop] [6-9. Lone Star Geyser] [6-10. The Hoodoos] [6-11. Petrified Trees of Specimen Ridge] [6-12. Pelican Creek Nature Trail] [6-13. Cascade Lake] [6-14. Monument Geyser Basin] [6-15. Fairy Falls/Imperial Geyser] [6-16. Elephant Back Mountain] [6-17. Hellroaring Creek] [6-18. Yellowstone River Picnic Area Trail]

[1. 簡介] [2. 旅遊建議/食宿交通] [3. Sightseeing] [4. Winter Activities] [5. Wildlife Watching] [6. Day Hiking] [7. Other Activities] [8. Who's Who in the Park] [9. More about the Park] [10. 感想]

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