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Western Trip Summary, July-August 2013

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Hi all,

Before I post about our Panama trip which will start tomorrow, I would like to tell you about a trip our family took out west.

In late July, our family flew to the beautiful Sawtooth National Forest (specifically the Sun Valley area) and stayed there for a few weeks. Here are some bird photos from that portion of the trip:

American Dipper
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Western Tanager (male)
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Cedar Waxwing
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Pileated Woodpecker (male)
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Rufous Hummingbird (female)
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Then, about two weeks into our stay in Sun Valley, the huge Beaver Creek Forest Fire ignited. Soon, we were purchasing gas masks and living miserably in the thick smoke.

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Finally, when pre-evacuation orders were issued, we departed for Boise and took up residence in a luxurious hotel, recovering from our tortuous episode in Sun Valley. Then, my dad flew in from Chicago and we departed for Yellowstone National Park.

Here are a few photos from Yellowstone:

American Bison with geysers in the background
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Bald Eagle
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Yellowstone Falls
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American White Pelican
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After three days, we drove down to Grand Teton National Park and stayed there for a week. Here are the photos:

Osprey pair
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Yellow-headed Blackbird (male)
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Black Bear (juvenile)
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Our family in front of the Teton Range. Note the Grand Teton dominating the center of the photo with Teton Glacier just to the right and below it.
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Bull Moose in Moose, Wyoming.
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It was a very fun, exciting trip, and I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Stay tuned for photos from Panama, starting tomorrow.

Henry

Posted by skwclar 18:10 Archived in USA

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