We first hiked Yellowstone's Slough Creek trail in 1977.
Slough Creek, first meadow
It hasn't changed much in all these years, except for an increase in fly fishermen.
Slough Creek, second meadow
Second meadow, reflection
The meadows are as beautiful,
the wildflowers as abundant.
The cuttthroat trout are still wary and a challenge to catch.
Every year, ducks raise their families in the river.
We've never seen anyone at the first meadow's ranger cabin, but we did meet a ranger on the trail this time. Even though the Lamar River is more productive, fish-wise, the Slough Creek hike remains a favorite for its beauty and the memories.