Yellowstone’s Red Fox With a Black Coat

In Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley (famous for their wolf pack), a red fox was recently spotted with an unusual black fur coat. Red foxes aren’t always red. They can also experience varied color phases of silver, gray, yellow — but rarely have we seen black. In my opinion, this is the coolest looking fox I’ve ever seen.

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Red fox with a rare black coat hunting in Lamar Valley (Photo by Pauline Murrill)

Yellowstone Breaks Attendance Record

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While Yellowstone National Park is not the most visited National Park in the United States (that award goes to the Great Smoky Mountains), it is still booming despite it’s somewhat isolated location.

More than 2.5 million people visited Yellowstone National Park over the June, July and August summer season. Summer technically ends on September 22, but I’m not sure they’re counting September’s traffic. Summer attendance is up by more than 200,000 compared with the summer of 2009. Nearly 3.3 million people visited the park during all of 2009… it’s likely that record will be broken too.

Part of the surge in attendance could be attributed to the free attendance days put on by the NPS several times this summer. A park spokesman also said that Wyoming and Montana beefed up their tourism advertising budgets.

Yellowstone is home to some of America’s most beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Visiting a National Park is a great way to vacation on the cheap, especially if you’re into camping — then you don’t have to spend money on a hotel.

Trail Talk: The Insane Kayaking Expedition One

Weekend warriors – gear up. Your two days of freedom to roam are just a few short hours away. We had a short work week here at Adayak due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday so this week just flew by. We’re working very hard to bring you premier organic tees at an affordable cost. We have a couple more tees in the design process right now and should go into production shortly.

In today’s Trail Talk we have day five of a Rio Piaxtla kayaking expedition, an Oregon coastal hike (with pics), a perfect Memorial Day Weekend getaway on the mountain, a video that brings awareness to a dying tree population in Yellowstone, and a podcast about becoming a Yosemite super star.

Rio Piaxtla ExpeditionJefferson State Creeking
Hiking Boardman Park, OregonBest Hike
Cold Fusion and Warm LimestoneStraight Chuter
Support TreeFight.orgTetonAT
Yosemite’s Next Top IdolThe Dirtbag Diaries

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