Cameron continues her adventures in Yellowstone National Park with BMX pro Mat Huffman, actress Rebecca Romijn and rapper/actor DMX along for the ride. Destination: Livingston, Montana. Livingston is so small that Mat and Rebecca can't locate it...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Cameron continues her adventures in Yellowstone National Park with BMX pro Mat Huffman, actress Rebecca Romijn and rapper/actor DMX along for the ride. Destination: Livingston, Montana.
Livingston is so small that Mat and Rebecca can't locate it on a giant wall map. Rebecca jokes, "We're here-ish," Mat says, "there-ish," but they finally find it.
Local naturalist and photographer Tom Murphy guides the group of celebrities through Yellowstone. Over 2-and-a-half million acres of undeveloped land, Yellowstone was created in 1872 as the first national park in the U.S. It would be impossible to set aside so much land today.
After watching elk wander about, the group heads to the springs, where smoke rises from the earth. One of the amazing things about Yellowstone is the amount of hot springs, geysers and other geothermal features in the park. Tom takes them to a place where they can explore one such feature.
The earth's core heats the hot springs to an average of 140 degrees. Once the Yellowstone river hits populated areas, it's more susceptible to pollution caused by industrial, residential and agricultural development. We need the water for everything ranging from drinking to bathing to recreation. "And you wanted to pee in it," Rebecca says, to which Cameron admits, "Yes, I wanted to make the warm water warmer."
Mat is looking for a miracle cure in the springs. In his lifetime as a BMX biker he's broken over fifty bones, had sixteen surgeries and is held together by metal plates. The sulfur and minerals in these hot springs have natural healing properties. Later, Mat emerges from the springs declaring, "Nature is God, so be nice to her."
Cameron and friends are guided by Park Ranger Doug Smith next. Doug is an expert on the wolves in Yellowstone and says that people either love or hate wolves. Most of North America used to have wolves, but humans have killed off many of them. DMX says that humans should stay out of the woods so that there can be more wolves.
While Tom is talking to the group, a call comes in that a pack of wolves has just killed a bison. Everyone does the wolf howl as they head out to see the freshly killed bison. Twelve different species of animals that eat the remains of wolf kill have been recorded. Wolves provide a lot of food for the community and the ecosystem.
A false myth is that wolves kill anything. The truth is that wolves are selective killers because their average prey is seven to 14 times as large as wolves. They kill the young, the sick, the weak and the stupid.
After the fresh bison kill, Tom takes the celebrity group to an area where bison roam freely. The bison's spinal cord is a straight line from the base of his head to the base of his tail. The hump comes from its bone sticking up from the spinal column. The bison walking alongside their vehicle looks prehistoric to Rebecca. Because of places like Yellowstone, there are fifty thousand bison thriving in North America today.
Tom introduces Cameron and friends to local fishing expert Mike Dawes to learn the catch-and-release fly-fishing method. Bears rely on the cutthroat trout for their diet, so the goal is to catch, admire and release the fish back into the river. DMX is anxious to catch fish and goes out like a pro without instruction. Tom doesn't think he'll catch anything because he didn't learn about the technique first.
After being initially frustrated, DMX is the only one to catch a fish. Mike wets his hands before touching the captured fish, shows it to everyone and releases it back into the river. DMX declares himself a champion fish catcher. Cameron only caught grass and a rock.
Cameron thanks everyone for coming and they end their Yellowstone adventure with a group hug.
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The main river in Yellowstone Park is one of the cleanest in the United States. However, once the river leaves the park, the water faces increasing threats of pollution. Get more info about water pollution.