He eventually lumbered to his feet and headed off toward town followed by several of his harem. This video catches a few moments of that action.
The community of Mammoth was also interesting to explore. The historic hotel was the centerpiece, but many other buildings had clearly been a part of the original army post. (Click to view larger.)
Between Mammoth and Gardiner the highway follows the Gardiner River and descends roughly a thousand feet in 5 miles. It was a scenic stretch of road that enticed us to stop several times for photos. We also hiked a quarter mile to a thermal area we could see from above. This turned out to be a place where water from hot springs flowed into the river and created a spot called Boiling River which was the only location in the park where bathing in thermal areas was permitted.