August 11, 2014
By 8:00 A.M., we’d said good-byes with Kyle and crew and were rolling up the roadway. By the end of that day Kyle and family would be about 575 miles southeast for a two night stay in Denver. And we’d be 335 miles northwest at Jellystone RV Park on the west side of Missoula.
But just north of Yellowstone Lake, we came upon another traffic jam. Once again there were bison on the roadway. Just as we got to the head of the line we saw two bison walking in-line toward us on the side of the road. Suddenly the back bison mounted the front bison. And right there in a very public setting we had two copulating bison!No photo available- they were too quick.
North of West Yellowstone we drove alongside Hebgen Lake. A few miles beyond that lake, we drove along the shores of Earthquake Lake. We pulled into the parking lot of the Visitor Center and went inside.
There we saw how near midnight on August 17, 1959 an earthquake near the Madison River triggered a massive landslide. The slide moved at 100 mph and in less than a minute, over eighty million tons of rock crashed into the narrow canyon, blocking the Madison River and forming Earthquake Lake. This earth-changing event, known as the Hebgen Lake Earthquake, measured 7.5 on the Richter scale. It was written that the water in Hebgen Lake “tilted” that night. At the time it was the second largest earthquake to occur in the lower forty-eight states in the 20th century. Twenty-eight people lost their lives in the event.
By mid-afternoon we were in Jellystone RV Park on the western side of Missoula. The temperature was about ninety-five degrees and the humidity was really high, too. The next day we planned to drive along the Thompson River and get into Libby, Montana and spend some time there with Panorama friends Paul and Sue.
We drove 335 miles this day.