Well, if Sandy is following her scheduled plan, tonight will be her last up on the Plateau before going down to spend the last two nights on the shores of Jackson Lake.
I'm sure she will have taken a lot of pictures on the trip that we eagerly await... maybe a few general ones will tide us over until she's back.
The Lamar Valley they passed through on their way to leave Yellowstone for the BTP, a lep heaven in its own right.
Typical riparian habitat along Highway 212 they traveled through starting around 6,000'.
The Top of the World Store where they planned to stay on the Plateau. 9,400'
Transitional zone alpine habitat near upper tree line. About 9,500'.
Transitional arctic habitat about 10,000'
Arctic habitat above 10,000'.
Typical view from West Summit across Rock Canyon. 11,011'
Arctic tundra habitat found on much of the plateau, and one of the habvitats where dozens of sp/ssp of leps fly in massive numbers. 10,000' plus.
One of the leps I told Sandy how to find at West Summit. Euphydryas editha hutchinsi Ã¢ÂÂatitudinal formÃ¢ÂÂ montanus is the smallest of the genus. Male-female, dorsal and ventral.
One I doubt Sandy will be able to hike for is the rarest, Boloria eunomia ursadentis. Male top, female bottom, dorsal and ventral.