Northern Yellowstone and Montana…it is indeed a Big Sky!

We moved to the North Entrance of Yellowstone on June 12th and stayed in Gardiner, MT which is just 5 miles from the entrance. According to the information we received this is the Main Entrance to Yellowstone and it has a brick arch marking it as such. It seems that over 700,000 vehicles enter the park from this entrance every year. Really? Our car went through 3 times…

Entrance Arch at North Gate

Dedication to the People

I will say that I think the northern end of the park is the most beautiful. Old Faithful is fun but the hot springs, geysers, and overall scenery of the north end is spectacular! We did finally see a couple of bears and loads of buffalo. The buffalo were in herds or walking down the road seemingly unaware of the traffic.

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Playing Peek-a-Boo?

Heading up the road a bit...

Mammoth Springs definitely outshines Old Faithful:

Can you see the gorilla faces?

Can you see the gorilla faces?

We stopped on afternoon to get some information on touring the north end at the visitor’s center in Mammoth Springs. I stayed in the car and people watched, always fun. I noticed this little one on the lawn. It never moved, not even it’s head, the 15 minutes I sat there totally forgetting about people.

Fawn on the lawn of the Visitor's Center

Of course, in true fashion of human idiocy, a woman gave no regard for all the cones placed around the sidewalk and signs asking people to not enter the area, thewoman just had to get a bit closer for her picture.

And speaking of people watching we saw this while en route to Great Falls:

No this is not People of Wal-Mart

We departed for Great Falls on Saturday and it was a long day’s drive. Still the scenery was beautiful so it was not boring in that regard. Early that morning we passed this scene where it seems moving the herd is a family affair. There was a girl not older than 10 helping out.

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The park here is nice, centrally located and huge. It’s Dicks’ RV Resort (though I wouldn’t really classify it as a resort) but not to be confused with Dick’s Last Resort where they put “funny” balloons on your head. 😉 I tried to do some laundry this morning, jeans, because even though I have a washer/dryer (one machine) it doesn’t hold more than 3 pairs of jeans and it would take 3 hours to do one load. So I made a visit to the laundry room in the park. 4 washers and 4 dryers for over 150 sites? It was back to the rig. I had a load in the washer already and turned off the dryer part then hung the small load of towels on the indoor clothesline that we installed in the bedroom (No laundry hung out in RV parks, ever). we have a ceiling fan in the bedroom and an additional portable fan that I cranked up. It’s been an hour since I hung the clothes and the sock are almost dry…

Yesterday we went to Glacier Nat’l Park which was a 2 hour drive just to get there and probably the closest we’ll ever be. 😉 We were told at the gate that Logan’s Pass was closed until Friday but we’ll be in Canada by then so we drove up to the Pass. I know I keep repeating myself but this area of the country is magnificent!!! Richard said before we left that there would be no hiking so I wore my flip flops…

Be sure to dress appropriately

Be sure to dress appropriately

Never actually fell, yay me!

Some other beautiful shots:

Wild Horses

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Logan's Pass

View of St Mary's Lake

Glacier Nat'l Park

Wild Flower

View of the Glacier over St Mary's Lake

Blackfeet Nation

Tomorrow is Richard’s birthday and he officially becomes an old man. 😉 He is out this morning attempting to fill his prescription using Medicare for the very first time…hope he’s successful but I have my doubts where bureaucracy is concerned. Mostly because they haven’t even sent him his Medicare card.

We leave for Alberta on Thursday so I hope I get all the laundry done by then! 😉

One thought on “Northern Yellowstone and Montana…it is indeed a Big Sky!

  1. Happy Birthday Richard!!!!! Best wishes from the “Fixer-Uppers” in Perthshire, Scotland who never want to see a paint brush or screw driver ever again….. but are nearly there… Photos to follow… M & D.

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