Goodbye Wyoming. Hello Montana

Before we left Yellowstone we stopped to see Old Faithful, and the beautiful historic Old Faithful Lodge.

Mark and I disagreed on the route to take out of Yellowstone, because we didn’t agree on where we were going next. Mark won, and we headed north, to Bozeman, Montana.  

Bozeman was a place I had little interest in. And it was a place that I ended up loving. In fact, I was loving it even before we got there, because the drive there was so gorgeous!

The road from Yellowstone to Bozeman

The road from Yellowstone to Bozeman

The town of Bozeman is a cool little college town where the main drag is filled with cute shops and restaurants. We ate lunch, walked around taking photos, took a drive through the campus of Montana State University, and then went to the Museum of the Rockies.

Lunch!

Lunch!

Downtown Bozeman

Downtown Bozeman

Bozeman, architecture

Bozeman, architecture

Bozeman, architecture

Bozeman, architecture

Bozeman, architecture

Bozeman, architecture

Bozeman, architecture

Bozeman, architecture

Public art, Bozeman

Public art, Bozeman

I thought we hit the jackpot at the Museum of the Rockies when I saw a flyer advertising some kind of art and beer tasting event. I was disappointed when I realized the flyer said JULY 29, not JUNE 29. Bummer.

Part of the Museum of the Rockies

Part of the Museum of the Rockies

Fence detail @ Museum of the Rockies

Fence detail @ Museum of the Rockies

Weird creatures in Bozeman

Weird creatures in Bozeman

Intersection. Bozeman

Intersection. Bozeman

Our final stop this day, was at the KOA in Billings, Montana. An ok place, with a slight sewer stink about it. Don’t recommend the place, but, some kind and honest person at the campground saved my sorry a** by turning in my backpack to the front desk, after I had left it in the bathroom. 

My backpack had my wallet and my phone in it, credit cards, cash, and keys to the RV. And I didn’t even realize it was gone until the next morning. Phew! I was really lucky! So, I must give some bonus points to the Billings KOA, for having a truly honest person staying there!

Stuff We Saw @ Yellowstone National Park

Rapids

Rapids

Day 19   June 28

YELLOWSTONE

This was one freakin’ spectacular day!!!! Why? Because Yellowstone is so freakin’ gigantic and so freakin’ amazing!!! 

I drove through Yellowstone 30 years ago, on my way from Calgary to Atlanta (weird…yes…just was where I was and where I got a car to drive to). I only saw a tiny fraction of the park back then, and it was so long ago that I barely remember it. So, this was really just like my first time there.

We spent all day driving the loop road, 156 miles total, and stopping at different spots to hike around and see the sights. It was a non-stop feast for the eyes and senses.

The weather was pretty fickle, and we experienced everything from sun, to rain, to hail (yes, it hailed on us again!). The weather was constantly changing throughout the day. But it worked out great. It’d be pouring rain, and we’d wait in the RV for 5-10 minutes until it stopped raining. Then the sun would come out, and we’d go have a look around. And then it’d start raining (or hailing) again. Couldn’t have asked for more perfect timing!

I’m assuming that, due to the weather, a lot of people probably stayed home this weekend. And that was good for us, as it cut way down on the number of tourists in the park. Again, impeccable timing!

 Stuff We Saw

Elk

Bison…lots and lots of them!

Bison

Bison

Get the heck out of our way!!

Get the heck out of our way!!

Waterfalls

Waterfall

Waterfall

Waterfall & river

Waterfall & river

Waterfall

Waterfall

Creeks, streams, rivers and lakes

Mark @ Yellowstone Lake

Mark @ Yellowstone Lake

People fly fishing

Geisers

Weird geothermal stuff

Geothermal stuff

Geothermal stuff

Geothermal stuff

Geothermal stuff

Forests

Tall trees

Tall trees