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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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Jul 13, 2019 - Gardiner, Montana

We are in Gardiner, Montana for the next few days. We wanted to visit Yellowstone from Gardiner at the North Yellowstone Entrance. Gardiner is one of our favorite towns to visit near Yellowstone. There is a herd of elk that stays all around the town. They were all over the roads when we arrived. We saw them walking around town on the sidewalks and laying in the yards all around houses etc. They don’t seem to be afraid at all, you can get really close to them for pictures, etc. I was safe and took all my pictures from the car. ;-) We are...

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Aug 25, 2018 - On top of old smoky

Gardiner, MT Smoke from western wildfires is limiting visibility throughout Yellowstone. Fire danger is VERY HIGH. The air quality alert is due to smoke from fires in northwest Montana and the Pacific Northwest. Yellowstone is normally very beautiful with wonderful vistas. We are sad to be seeing (or not seeing) Yellowstone like this. We returned to Lamar Valley today as it is our best opportunity to spot bears. Alas, still no luck so we just kept driving and went up Beartooth Scenic Highway to Top of the World Resort at 9,400’ to see if we...

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Aug 24, 2018 - Lamar Valley

Gardiner, MT Calcite Springs, our first stop today, features massive rock formations formed by lava flow 1.3 million years ago that look like rock fence posts. Their formation is the same as its famous cousin - Devils Tower in Wyoming. Far below, the Yellowstone River cuts its way through the lava spires. Farther down the Grand Loop road, the Yellowstone River is also responsible for Tower Falls, made famous in a painting by renowned artist Thomas Moran. In fact, it was Moran’s painting that helped convince Congress to create Yellowstone...

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Aug 23, 2018 - Old Faithful

Gardiner, MT The agenda was to see some of Yellowstone's 10,000 thermal features – hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles – and over 300 geysers. First was Norris Geyser Basin where we journeyed out along the boardwalk. Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and most changeable thermal area in Yellowstone. Thus, a boardwalk is a necessity; the ground is much too hot for walking. The hottest of Yellowstone's geothermal features are steam vents (fumaroles). We focused on Porcelain Basin. The milky color of the mineral siliceous sinter deposited here...

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Aug 22, 2018 - Blackfeet

Gardiner, MT The Blackfoot, who are also called Blackfeet, Indians reside in the Great Plains of Montana and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The name is said to have come from the color of the peoples' moccasins, made of leather. The 17,321-member Blackfeet Nation is one of the 10 largest tribes in the US. To teach us more about their culture, our guide in the park today was a native interpreter and troubadour from the Blackfeet tribe. We made several stops where our guide told us stories and sang. We learned some of the...

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Aug 21, 2018 - A Wild(life) Day

Gardiner, MT Our first stop of the day was the Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center for a docent-led exploration. We got a peek at uncommon, common and restricted treasures – the gatherings of 130 years of Yellowstone's history. Although there are tons of materials there, it was not boring as the 3 docents used the theme of crime in the Park. It was fun. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was next. After laboring down 600’ of severe switchbacks (which, of course, meant quite a struggle to get back up), we viewed the Upper...

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