5/22 – 5/30
Another four days and 719 miles brought us to West Yellowstone, Montana (US93, I84, I86, I15, US20, US191). Stops along the way included a roadside pull-off in Ely, Nevada; a casino parking lot in Jackpot, Nevada and a Wal-Mart parking lot in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The week stay in West Yellowstone was at Baker’s Hole, a National Forest Campground. Our friends Barbara and Tom Williams (from New Jersey) saved us a site right next to theirs. We even had electricity.
We have known Barbara and Tom for more than 40 years. Tom’s brother Llew played in the same folk group as Ken (Cumberland Singers). When folk music became non-profitable, Tom joined the group as the drummer and we switched to 50s and 60s rock and roll (Cumberland Vocal Band). Our first house was located only a couple of blocks from Barbara and Tom in Forest Lakes, New Jersey.
Since Tom and Barbara have been visiting Yellowstone National Park for over 30 years they became our tour guides. Almost every day they would show us another area of the park. Check out our website, we took many photographs. Along with the wonderful scenery, we saw many wild animals including pronghorns, bison, black bears, grizzly bears, elk, mule deer and coyote. We did not have to go into the park to see bison; we had a big one visit our campsite as well.
We also took two additional trips outside the park. We drove to the 1959 earthquake site near Hebgen Lake in Montana. It was quite a sight to see half a mountain spread out across a valley. Twenty-eight people were killed and hundreds were injured. We also took Bear Tooth Highway that goes over a mountain in both Wyoming and Montana. The highway rises about 5000 feet with the highest point at 11000 feet. The scenery was gorgeous and probably the most impressive road we have ever seen.
When we were not sightseeing we spent many hours playing bridge. At least two rubbers per day, often more. Barbara and Tom were the official winners of our week’s tournament.
It has been great seeing Barbara and Tom and we are very grateful to have them as friends and tour guides. We hope to see them again soon.
This month we put 1160 miles on the house and 354 miles on the Jeep.