2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Downtown Gardiner, MT

Roosevelt Arch - Original entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Lined up to enter Yellowstone

elk cows grazing in the Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District

View leaving Mammoth Hot Springs

US 89 through Yellowstone

Seen while waiting for construction delay

Guys catching a nap in the park

A herd of bison along the Yellowstone River

Fishing Bridge

Winnie at Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone

Yellowstone River

Hayden Valley

Sunset along the Yellowstone River in Hayden Valley

Geyser along the Yellowstone River

River at sunset

Hills along the river

Stream mendering through the wetlands

Wildflower explosion in the Hayden Valley

Flock of geese in the Yellowstone River

Moon rising over the Hayden Valley

Elk came out to feed

Colors over the Yellowstone River

Steam rising from the Mud Volcano area

Night settles in over the Mud Volcanoes

We drove through the northern part of Yellowstone National Park on US 89 to our next stop at Fishing Bridge RV Campground in the center of the park. This will be our base of operations for the next 6 days.

The trip was only 50 miles, but took nearly 2 hours because the first part winds its way through the Mammoth Hot Springs area that we visited yesterday and construction on a significant portion of the road. We had about a 30 minute wait at the construction zone where the road was gravel, mud and one lane. There were a couple of times that I thought the muddy, spongy road was going to suck Winnie to a stop. It appears that they are widening the roadway to match the section the followed the construction zone which was newly paved and actually had a narrow shoulder for emergency stopping.

In addition to the single bison we saw in the construction zone, we saw the large Yellowstone herd lounging and grazing in the Hayden Valley along the Yellowstone River. You had to be careful in this area not because of the bison, but because of the people pulling off to the side of the road to watch and take pictures. This is an area that we will surly return to this week. Stay tuned.

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