We saw a variety of other animals including a few antelope, and a quartet of coyote pups chasing each other around a big rock up on the hill.
We hiked up the lake with the pipe dream that we would see herd? swarms? Ah...ROMP! of otters. Well it was a bit late in the season and there were no otters. There was a duck that kept not being an otter, but I'm not going to put picture of the little jerk here. It will only encourage him.
We did see amazing views, beautiful wildflowers and lots of little ground squirrels.
Next we went back into the park and headed to Mammoth Hot Springs. Ugh. Every place has got to have a $#!++y part and this is Yellowstone's. It was so crowded and gridlocked it took us over an hour to not find a parking spot (I had to drive around while Tina ran to the bathroom). We eventually just left. I snapped these shots of the Terraces and this elk on the hotel's lawn.
Here's some of my Photoshop handiwork.
Next we went to the Artist Paint Pots and saw more amazing thermal features. I've always liked the slopping mudpots (that's a geological term).