Dunraven Pass was closed for a time because of snow in Yellowstone. It was a welcome sight, and will help to put out the remaining fires.
Let me tell you a little about the pass. Dunraven Pass, elevation 8,859 feet, is a mountain pass on the Grand Loop Road between Tower and Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. So that's kind of a strange name for the pass, no? Well let me tell you about that too!
In 1874, just two years after Yellowstone's creation, the Earl of Dunraven, a titled Irish Peer made a visit to the park in conjunction with a hunting expedition to the Northern Rockies. He was so impressed with the park, that he devoted over 150 pages to Yellowstone in his book, The Great Divide, published in London by Chatto & Windus in 1876. The Great Divide was one of the earliest works to praise and publicize the park.
Then in 1878, geographer Henry Gannett named a peak two miles southwest of Mount Washburn in honor of the Earl of Dunraven and the service his book had done for the park. In 1879, Philetus Norris, the park superintendent at the time, gave the pass on the Grand Loop Road between Tower and Canyon the name Dunraven because of its proximity to Dunraven Peak.
So that's how Dunraven Pass got it's name. See you on the slopes. =]:)
It's Snowing in Dunraven Pass1:50:00 AM
35 Took the Oath of Allegiance12:52:00 AM
The immigrants are originally from Burma, Canada, People’s Republic of China, Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Spain, South Africa, Tonga, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Yugoslavia.
Congratulations to them all, and welcome! =]:)
Pic from: Twitter.com
SuperScooper fills at Jackson Lake4:51:00 PM
Here is a Canadian SuperScooper filling up in Jackson Lake. Mostly used to fight Canadian wildfires, this aircraft is also leased to California firefighting agencies for their fire season, and now it's helping with the Teton/Yellowstone fires in my neck of the woods.
SuperScooper is the nickname given to certain amphibious firefighting aircraft built by Canadair. The three aircraft known as "SuperScoopers" are the Canadair CL-215, the CL-215T and the Bombardier 415 turboprop.
It flies at about 100 mph just above the surface of a lake or reservoir, scooping up large amounts of water into its belly. In just 12 seconds, the plane can accumulate 1,600 gallons of water, to be dropped on nearby fires that would otherwise rage out of control. Because of its unique lake scooping ability, there is no need to return back to a water "refilling station" which could be far away. It takes a special pilot certified to operate a seaplane to ensure water conditions are calm enough and safe for scooping.
Thank you Canada! =]:)
Fire Near the Tetons9:53:00 PM
The Berry Fire in Grand Teton National Park continues to spread to the east and south. The National Park Service issued a bulletin Saturday morning saying that US Highway 89 and the south entrance into Yellowstone National Park will continue to be closed through the weekend.
On Saturday even firefighter traffic was limited through the area due to fire activity and hazards from falling trees.
Since Tuesday the fire has grown along most of the perimeter, especially on the north, east, and south sides, and now covers 12,378 acres. From east to west it is 7 miles wide and it stretches for almost 4 miles along the west shore of Jackson Lake.
The National Park Service is not aggressively fighting the fire, but is managing it for ecological benefits.
Berry Creek provided an early route over the north end of the Teton Range for prehistoric people traveling between (present day) Idaho and Jackson Hole. During and since the era of the fur trappers, Conant Pass was utilized as a way over into Idaho’s Teton Basin.
The historical Conant Trail crossed the Snake River not far north of the mouth of Berry Creek, passed north of Elk Ridge, up Berry Creeksouth of Survey Peak, and over what is called today Jackass Pass. In 1996, USGS geologist J.D. Love pointed out the discrepancy by which the historic Conant Pass became today’s Jackass Pass, and the name Conant Pass misapplied to a pass not far south near Carrot Knoll.
Berry Creek was named for A.J. Berry, who was living at the mouth of the creek around 1900. “Berry Creek” is indicated on the 1899 Grand Teton quad. Conant Pass, basin, creek and trail were named for Al Conant, a homesteader living west of the Tetons.
Beaver Dick Leigh claimed that in 1865, Conant came close to drowning in the creek named after him.
Obama Creates New National Park12:22:00 PM
To celebrate the National Park Service turning 100 on August 25th, President Obama has created a new National Park in Maine. This is awesome news. I don't think we can ever have too many protected, natural habitats.
President Obama designated a large swath of Maine’s North Woods as a new national monument Wednesday, creating what is likely to be the last large new national park ever established on the East Coast.
In a statement, the White House said the move aimed to honor the National Park Service’s centennial, which will take place Thursday. The move occurred almost exactly 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson established Sieur de Monts National Monument, which eventually became Maine’s sole existing national park, Acadia.
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