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Sep 7, 2020 - Yellowstone NP -North and Tom Miner Basin

2020-09-07.Yellowstone NP Over the Labor Day weekend, we stayed at Yellowstone RV park located just outside of Gardiner, MT high above the banks of the Yellowstone River. Our site (#15) though tightly squeezed next to our neighbors, backed up to the Yellowstone River so we got to see all of the rafting trips and kayaks shooting down the river. Again, if you are staying outside the northern end of Yellowstone NP and don't want to try the first come first serve Mammoth Hot Springs national park service campground, this is a good spot. The...

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Pandemic Escape 2020

Sep 4, 2020 - Eagle Creek NFS Campground, Gardiner, MT

September 2-4, 2020 - Eagle Creek Campground At 6140 feet elevation, Eagle Creek, a National Forest Service, first come first served campground is high above the town of Gardiner, Montana, home to the North entrance of Yellowstone National Park. We drove up the well maintained gravel road about 4 miles zig-zagging around hairpin turns with death far below. We missed the entrance to the campground, had to unhook and back up to get in because there was no way we would have found a spot to turn around. We got there around 11:00 a.m. and the...

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Pandemic Escape 2020

Jul 10, 2020 - Gardiner MT

We passed through the north entrance gate before 5:00, well before the official sunrise, but the mountains were again already silhouetted against the glowing sky to the east. Once we got into the valley it didn’t take long for us to spot wolves. Our first stop was along the Slough Creek campground access road to see if we could see any wolf puppies. The Junction Butte pack that roams the valley had 17 or 18 pups this spring – the exact number is still being determined – and people have just now started seeing them from this spot...but we...

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Jul 7, 2020 - Gardiner MT

Which did not totally materialize as planned. The alarm went off at 4:00am and I asked the boss if she was going; she said yes. But within about 90 seconds she changed her mind and opted to return to the warmth of her side of the bed, so I loaded my goodies into the Jeep and off I went into the park and its already lightening skies. Seriously, at 4:20 when I went through the west entrance gate you could already see the mountains to the east silhouetted by the approaching sun...that’s crazy early. It was 34° in Lamar Valley as I set up my...

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Jul 6, 2020 - Gardiner MT

Sunday started slow again – you could make the argument that most of our days start that way – with a trip back into the park around 2:00. Our goal for the day was to do the just over 1 mile roundtrip hike out to Trout Lake and back. It’s amazing how out of shape we are. You would think, after being out west for the better part of a year now, that we would be able to walk 100 yards without stopping for a photo op, or in layman’s terms, a stop to catch our breath. Add any uphill component to the trek and that distance drops significantly....

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Jul 5, 2020 - Gardiner MT

On Tuesday we had another moving day but after this one we will be stationary for the next 10 days. We left the KOA Mountainside west of town and were through the west entrance again by about 10:00. We turned left at Madison Junction then pushed on north to our new home at the Rocky Mountain RV Park in Gardiner, Montana. This puts us at the north entrance so we’ll start exploring what is known as the Northern Tier of the park where we have had the best luck over the years of seeing wolves and bears. After a sometimes harrowing drive –...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Gardiner MT

Friday was very much a nothing kind of day. We walked into town for breakfast, I waited on a package to arrive, Michele did some laundry and I sorted some pictures and added a lot of words to this literary masterpiece...and that’s all I foresee happening for the balance of the day. Our weekend activities are tied directly to the weather but since we have a Jeep, going into the park isn’t out of the question, though hiking has fallen further down the list of things-to-do. Saturday was as damp as forecast but not as snowy...yet. It rained off...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Gardiner MT

Thursday was another slow to develop day...I suspect we were still lagging thanks to our way-too-early wake up calls from earlier in the week. Anyway, we finally mustered enough energy to leave the fast house about 11:00 with a couple short walks planned. Our first stop was at Wraith Falls, a short 1½ mile roundtrip trek just about 15 minutes inside the north entrance. The weather wasn’t quite as cooperative as Wednesday’s was with more clouds and a lot more wind, but it wasn’t enough to keep us home. Due to the time of year there wasn’t a...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Gardiner MT

After sleeping in on Wednesday – but not much – we left around 10:00 to head to West Yellowstone to send out a package via UPS. We could have done that in Livingston, about an hour closer, but we wanted to go to Old Faithful to do a walking tour of the historic inn at either 2:00 or 3:30, so we figured we would do it all in one trip. We finally made it to West Yellowstone after some delays thanks to road work in the park, dropped off our package and hit the taco bus for a quick lunch. We parked at the Old Faithful Inn just about 2:00 and...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Gardiner MT

Our next morning was the first of 2 that started with a 4:45 alarm sounding to rattle us from our warm slumber to get ready for our short drive to meet the bus for our next trek into the darkness of the park. We hit the road right at 6:00am and within about 45 minutes we were parked at the Roosevelt Lodge gas station for our first bathroom break and an opportunity to watch the awesome colors as the sun began to peak over the mountains to the east. After the gang got done taking care of business, we pushed on through an area called Little...

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Sep 22, 2019 - Gardiner MT

Well, they were right...eventually. But we still pulled off an interesting day, albeit a very early day. We had decided that if I happened to wake up really early and it wasn’t raining or snowing and the radar showed none of that nearby, that we would venture out on a critter quest no matter the time of day. As luck would have it, our neighbors left at 4:30am, I assume, to head into the park and as they closed their car door and started down the gravel road, it woke me up. Since it wasn’t raining or snowing and the radar showed things were...

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Sep 19, 2019 - Gardiner MT

We hit the road about 10:00 on a rainy Tuesday morning and headed west on U.S. 2, then turned south around Kalispell and then back onto U.S. 93 as it passed along the west side of Flathead Lake, through Polson, then on to our overnight stop in Missoula. After the rainy part of the drive the house and Jeep were trashed – do you recall that I had washed the Jeep on Monday? - so luckily the campground in Missoula allows you to wash your rig so I commenced to doing just that while the boss whipped up some tasty dinner and then we pulled the...

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