Mosaic is Going to Yellowstone!
Friday May 22 to Sunday May 31, 2009
(Must Register by April 20th)
$50 Off to anyone who registers by March 20th
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! We can�t do lions and tigers, but we promise bears. Grizzly bears and black bears! They�re just some of what you�ll experience on an amazing trip you�ll never forget.
Want to see Old Faithful? How about wolves, eagles, swans, bison, and elk? Take in the Lone Star Geyser, and soak in hot springs.
It�s all part of a 10-day trip to the �jewel� of our park system�Yellowstone National Park. Some days we�ll hike�a few easy trails, a few more strenuous. Other days we�ll tour with National Park professionals.
We�ll be traveling with anywhere from 12 to 26 people. We�ll sleep in comfortable cabins, and move through three separate areas of the park. We�ll be staying, first, in the Lake Village, next, in Old Faithful Village, and end up in Mammoth Springs.
By the time we head home, we�ll have extensive knowledge of the park and we�ll have seen many of the miracles of nature it holds.
And all this� with people who share our love of the outdoors, who want to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of Yellowstone, and who want do it while bonding with congenial fellow travelers certain to become good friends.
This is a trip you don�t want to miss. Please join us on this amazing adventure.
TRIP SUMMARYEnjoy a 10 Day trip through Yellowstone National Park. This park is huge, and offers incredibly diverse experiences. The trip will cover 9 nights, 10 days (travel days included). We sleep in simple comfortable cabins run by the environmentally responsible concessionaire: Xanterra. The cabins all have 2 double beds and a bathroom with either a tub/shower combo, or just a shower. We will travel in 1- 3 groups within the park, depending on the final number of participants. Activities will range from a leisurely guided car tour with easy short hikes at certain sight-seeing areas to strenuous full day hikes. Check out the MAP for an overview of the area. Contact the trip leader for specifics.
We will arrive at Bozeman, MT Airport on Friday May 22, 2009. Once gathered the group will travel by vans/mini-vans to our first port of call: Mammoth Springs, a few miles inside the north entrance to the park. We will enjoy dinner and a lecture by a park ranger that will give us a perspective on the vast area called Yellowstone National Park. We will then travel to the southern part of the park at the Lake Village to rest after a long day of travel.
We will stay in the Lake Village the first three nights. This is on the northern border of the 136 Square Mile Yellowstone Lake. We will spend the time touring around the southern and eastern-central part of the park. This will include a Lower portion of the Grand Loop Guided Tour and an optional kayak trip on the lake.
On Monday, we head to Old Faithful village where we will spend two nights and 3 days touring the central park of the park. Geyser Hill is one of the most amazing places on the planet. The 1-1/3 mile loop will take you to over 40 geysers, including two of the worlds largest. In addition to these geysers, beautiful hot springs and views of the Firehole River make this one of the most rewarding stretches of boardwalk in the park.
On Wednesday, after a day of exploring some more of the central part of park, we will end up in Mammoth Springs. We will spend 4 nights and 4 days exploring the northern part of the park. This is where we have a guided tour of the Upper portion of the Grand Loop. It includes the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with its Upper Falls (109 feet high) and the Lower Falls (398 feet high) of the Yellowstone River. Other very unique scenery makes this part of Yellowstone very special and a "must see" for everyone.
On Saturday, we will take a very early morning trip to see the wolves in the Lamarr Valley - an enchanting place that has been called the Serengeti of North America. This alpine desert is in the Northeast corner of the park. There is a huge variety of wildlife, including wolves, coyote, fox, bison, elk, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep. There are also myriads of small animals, variety of birds including ducks, eagles, ravens, magpies etc. The different geological features are also fascinating. Be sure to bring along a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope.
On Sunday will travel back to Bozeman for our departure.
WHY YELLOWSTONE?Yellowstone National Park is the Jewel of the National Park Service. It is the world's first national park. It is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features. The land, wildlife, vistas and famous collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, (including Old Faithful) and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone are as wondrous as ever. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife, many of them endangered species. Common to the park are grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk as well as 50 other species of mammals and 311 species of birds including the endangered Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans and Whooping Cranes. The vast size of the park (larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined) offers many types of ecosystems. Because the altitude is between 5,282 Ft. and 11,358 Ft. above sea level, the subalpine forest is dominant. The park crosses the Continental Divide and thus sends waters into both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. It is the point of origin for the longest freshwater river system in North America (Mississippi River and its tributaries). There are breathtaking vistas easily obtained at altitudes of over 9000 feet. And there is so much more. We have packaged our trip to give you the most of what Yellowstone has to offer. You can�t do it all in just 8 days of travel. You can never forget this special place once you visit it.