If you sit there long enough, something will happen.

That was the advice we received from the man at the front desk. We were camped in between Yellowstone National Park and Teton National Park. He said just head up the road. The campgrounds are closed because of the sequester but you can park at the end of the campground and walk up to the river. He said he saw river otters at campground 1.

Sketching the Snake

Sketching the Snake


So we did. We parked at campground 1 and took a mountain bike ride up the road. When we came back we hung around. I sat and sketched and painted. The sun was hanging low towards the west. Dave said, “Should we go?” We started packing up our things. A couple came hiking up to the river. They said we saw river otters at campground 2 and they are making their way up the river. So we waited and watched the river. There was a bit of small talk but no sight of the otters. “Well they must have a den between here and there.” “Maybe they turned and went downstream.” “Maybe they got out of the river.” The couple started to leave. There was one more question and then “There they are.”

Four otters swimming up the Snake

Four otters swimming up the Snake


Four river otters glided through the river, diving deep and coming up chomping on fish.




Who was watching who?

Who was watching who?


They stretched their necks and looked at us. We got out the binoculars and looked at them. We heard chirp, chirp, chirping. One otter had been separated from the other three.





Looking for their lost companion

Looking for their lost companion

They popped their heads out of the water and listened and searched down river. They immediately headed towards the chirping. The chirper had dived into the river and when he popped up, there was a great otter celebration. They climbed out of the river and their movement was fluid as if they were still in the water. Four river otters undulating across land. It was worth the wait.






About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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3 Responses to If you sit there long enough, something will happen.

  1. Dave says:

    It really was amazing to see them.

  2. rayla@comcast.net says:

    Thanks for sharing. We like to go out to Henerys lake in Idaho and there is a camp ground that you have to drive to back in from Henerys lake and it also has river otters they were so fun to watch. We also go to Cliff Lake in Montana, that is not to far from Henerys lake it is the most beautiful lake I have seen. The blue in the lake and the forest around it is breath taking. Blaine and my brother in law catch the big fish at both of these lakes. Hope all is well with the Meidell’s take care and have a great day.

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