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  1. #21
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    Default Wonderful shots!

    Dave, you gotta do some CPs for us! I love that shot of Avalanche Creek. And it's so cool you got to do the Going to the Sun Road...

    Mark

  2. #22

    Default Great report

    Loving this Dave!

    Glad the weather turned out fine in Glacier - we're considering returning there next year - and very impressed that you made up to to Stella Lake at Great Basin (we started the trail to the Bristlecone Pines but had to admit defeat after about a mile - the altitude hit Carole hard). Amazing shots of Bonneville Salt Flats too.

    Peter

  3. #23
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    Default Soon I hope.

    Thanks Mark.

    Yep I already have a few CP's in mind from this trip, one day [soon I hope] I'll get the time to put some together.

    Peter.

    Thanks for the Kudos and glad you are enjoying the report.

    It was looking a bit bleak for a while at Glacier, but it worked out fine for us in the end. We too hope to return in the future and spend more time there to explore deeper.

    Yes, Stella Lake was quite a challenge. Lezli struggled and she goes to the gymn regularly and is pretty fit. At 6 or 7000ft it would probably have been a relatively easy walk, but it was tough going up there in the heat.

    Dave.

  4. #24
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    Default Day 7.

    To Yellowstone !

    As lovely as the La Quinta was we had an interupted nights sleep caused by loud horns going off through the night, that we can only presume was caused by freight trains. [I forgot to enquire at the desk] We had a nice Continental breakfast before packing up and moving on. The breakfast attendant was a very nice lady and most helpful. I enquired as to which side of the Missouri River would offer the best view of some of the dams. She duly obliged by getting a local map and a yellow marker pen to outline possible routes and enthusiastically told us about the area. She recommended we go north of town and then head to Ryan Dam, her favourite spot and a great drive for good measure. Unfortunately this would take longer than the time we had to spare so she told us to stay on the south side to view the 2 dams I had previously planned to, Black Eagle and Rainbow Dam.

    Black Eagle.



    Rainbow.





    There was a foot/cycle path known as 'South Shore Trails' that continued beyond Rainbow Dam. We walked a short way up the hill and looked at the lovely views of the river and contemplated the challenge that faced the Lewis and Clarke expedition on their journey west.



    Giant Springs Heritage State Park is located between these two Falls and has a Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive centre there.

    Our stop for the night was West Yellowstone and I had contemplated driving from Great Falls to Red Lodge and then into Yellowstone on the Beartooth Highway. I knew it would be pushing things by the time we had seen the Falls even before we had set out from the hotel, but on leaving the Falls area it was 'plan B'.

    We headed south on US89 through Montana's pretty rolling prarie land that had herds of cattle grazing upon it. We drove across the winding Belt Creek a couple of times before pulling off the road where there was a scenic overlook of Belt Creek making it's way into Sluice Boxes Primative State Park, which is in the Little Belt mountains of Montana.



    Next we drove through the Lewis and Clark National Forest and the small towns of Monarch and Neirhart, following Belt Creek a lot of the way before going over Kings Hill Pass. We then stopped at White Sulpher Springs for fuel for both us and the car. There was an inviting looking place on the edge of town called the Branding Iron Cafe which provided us with a great lunch and we were on our way again towards Yellowstone. We stopped at an information board and statue named 'Thunder Jack' in the Shields river valley near the small town of Wilsall. The river was named by Clark, in honor of John Shields a member of the Clark and Lewis expedition and flows into Yellowstone River further south. 'Thunder Jack' is a tribute to all the hardened mountain men who came, endured and lived in the mountain valley.





    We then drove east with a brief stint on I90/89 before heading south on 89 with views of the Yellowstone river before arriving at Roosevelt Arch and Yellowstone NP.



    More to follow.......

  5. #25
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    Default Day 7 cont.....

    To West Yellowstone

    As we entered the park the plan was to do a little sight seeing, before exiting again to West Yellowstone where we had a room at the Moose Creek Inn waiting. The views in the park were wonderful and we were excited to be here, our first stop was Mammoth Hot Springs. The time was getting on and we were pleased that the roads and Mammoth Hot Springs were fairly quiet.

    Mammoth Hot Springs.





    We walked around the lower terraces, with boardwalks going off in all directions. Quite an incredible place !







    We spent a lot longer here than we had expected to, mesmerised by the landscape. There were some Elk with their young grazing on the green and as usual we watched them from a respectable distance, unlike some others who were getting far to close. Luckily a nearby Ranger came over and warned them off with a telling off, good for him !

    Back on the road, we already knew it was too late to try and include Norris Geyser Basin in this evenings plan, but we did stop at other sites along the road. One of these stops was not scheduled, but there was nothing we could do about it. There was only one person in charge here !

    A big boy !



    Section of roadway.



    Nymph Lake.



    We rolled into West Yellowstone and arrived at our Motel at 8pm and checked in. We had booked the Moose Creek Inn, which seemed to offer good value by comparision in this Yellowstone gateway town, but wasn't sure what to expect. We were very pleased with what we got, the room was small by comparision, but very clean and well furnished. We were also pleasantly surprised when we walked to town for an evening meal. I was expecting West Yellowstone to be an overpriced tourist town living off the close vicinity to Yellowstone NP. I was right, but what I didn't expect was how much I enjoyed this vibrant, clean and friendly town and we had a great night out. After checking out some shops, they all stay open late for the tourists returning from their day at Yellowstone, we finally ate in the Beartooth BBQ diner-come-bar. We had a chicken dish with sides washed down with a Yellowstone Golden Ale. It was all very nice, but as expected a little overpriced.



    It was back to Moose Creek and a very good nights sleep soon followed, probably helped by being out and about for 14 hours today.

    Todays Mileage 290. Average speed = 45mph. Return =33mpg.

    Total mileage = 1980
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  6. #26
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    Default Not much sense

    What were those people thinking? Out of their cars with a full-grown bull bison cruising about.

    Great photos -- I so much wish I could go there now!

    Mark

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    Default I've not taken the walk yet -- thanks for the photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    I enquired as to which side of the Missouri River would offer the best view of some of the dams. She duly obliged by getting a local map and a yellow marker pen to outline possible routes and enthusiastically told us about the area. She recommended we go north of town and then head to Ryan Dam, her favourite spot and a great drive for good measure. Unfortunately this would take longer than the time we had to spare so she told us to stay on the south side to view the 2 dams I had previously planned to, Black Eagle and Rainbow Dam.
    Hey, a shout-out for the great photos of the three of the falls that gave Great Falls, Montana its name. Fantastic.

    Mark

  8. #28
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    Default Less sense than the wildlife.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sedenquist View Post
    What were those people thinking? Out of their cars with a full-grown bull bison cruising about.

    Great photos -- I so much wish I could go there now!

    Mark
    Mark.

    The behaviour of some people in Yellowstone left us astonished, the wildlife had more sense then some of them !! There was a minority that showed little regard for others as they caused road jams and put themselves and others in harms way. Not to mention the blatant disregard for the rules and regs.

    Dave.

  9. #29
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    Default

    Really enjoy following your trip Dave. You have me planning another trip to Yellowstone and Jackson.
    John

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    Default A special place.

    Thanks John. Yellowstone is quite something !

    You have me planning another trip to Yellowstone and Jackson.
    I don't think you need much persuading ! ;-)

    Dave.

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