Yellowstone interactions and inspirations
“Haya was so hungry,” Lucy recalled, as though she’d seen enough peregrine falcons in her nine years to know a ravenous one from a moderately hungry one. My daughter told the Roches how, if they’d only arrived an hour earlier, they could have met Hayabusa and watched her eat lunch in the garden amphitheater. The rescued falcon is just one of eleven birds of prey, all native to Yellowstone, in the Draper Museum Raptor Experience.
“Lucy and Aiden also learned about the people who once called Yellowstone home,” I informed the Roches. I told Mr. Roche that when he was ready to move on from the Whitney Western Art Museum, he had to head next door to see the incredible handiwork showcased in the Plains Indian Museum. It was clear to see how Yellowstone’s harsh and colorful environment influenced everything from the residents’ clothing to their dwellings—and even their weapons.
Long before they were used for hunting, the Shoshone’s arrowheads were Yellowstone’s obsidian deposits, evidence of Yellowstone’s violent, volcanic past. Much like the Center had taught us about Yellowstone’s flora and fauna, it also familiarized us with the park’s geological history. Granted, reading about Old Faithful and experiencing an eruption are two different things. But, I had a feeling the reading part would enhance the experiencing part.
“Experiencing Yellowstone is half the fun; the other half is remembering it,” Mr. Roche acknowledged with a wink as we said our goodbyes in the Center’s lobby. The Roches were about 60 seconds from being surrounded by art inspired by the Yellowstone they’d just visited. My family, on the other hand, was about 60 minutes from seeing the Yellowstone that inspired that art. Even though none of us had yet stepped a foot inside the park, I had a feeling we’d feel right at home when we did.