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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
FALL CROSS COUNTRY TRIP 2016
September 2, 2016 - October 27, 2016
3 - OUR GREAT CROSS COUNTRY TRIP 2016
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Yellowstone National Park
|DAY 15 - SEPT 16 - FRIDAY
We left Missoula before sunrise and headed east on I-90 as the sun started coming up in our face. We made a stop in Butte, MT for gas and to check out some fire stations. Butte was, or perhaps still is, an old mining town on the side of a hill.
Our original plan had not included Yellowstone National Park, but since we skipped Glacier National Park, we were a little ahead of schedule, so we decided to treat ourselves once again to the natural beauty of this park. We had done Yellowstone with the kids back in 1998. That was only about 10 years after they experienced fires that devastated about a third of the park (about 793,000 acres of the park's 2.2 million acres) in August/September 1988. The park's beauty was obviously affected by the blackening of so much forest land.
We entered Yellowstone via the north gate at Gardiner. Robyn was excited that she qualified for the "senior park pass" which essentially was $10 instead of $80 for the year, and it is good forever. She continued to giggle about that as we drove through the park for few hours. A lot of the burned over land has reforested by man and nature, but it is still evident where the fires were even now, 28 years later. Yellowstone is about the wildlife and we were not disappointed.
Just outside the west gate in West Yellowstone is a campground that had an indoor pool and hot tub, where we would spend Night 15.
On the original plan, we had not planned on going to
Yellowstone, but since we now find ourselves a little ahead of
schedule, we decided to treat ourselves to its natural beauty once
again. We had been here in 1998. We entered the park on the north
side at Gardiner and drove through the park for a few hours seeing
some of the wildlife that you hope to see in Yellowstone.
|STATES: MT - (1) State today / (17) different States & (4) Provinces so far|
|DISTANCE: 373 miles for the Day / 4855 miles for the Trip so far|
|FIREBOATS: (13) so far|
Butte, MT Fire Department
Looking back down the hill towards I-90 in Butte, MT
A mile high and a mile deep
Known as "Devil's slide"
Entering Yellowstone at the north gate
Yellowstone had been devastated by fire in 1988 and parts still look like
while other sections seemed to have filled in an are growing back.
Our campground just outside the park in West Yellowstone
A full moon night