Day Fourtynine

Yellowstone National Park, WY to Missoula, MT
July 13th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Hiking between, around, and past bison
Driving four hours more or less directly into the wind
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
326 in the bus, 3 on foot
Elvis Presley, Erykah Badu, Johnny Cash, Joss Stone, Lightning Hopkins, Little Feat
Sunny with thunder showers in the afternoon, in the 70s
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Bison, frog, pronghorn deer, cows, horses, something that was not a marmot
Missoula KOA, MT
West Glacier, MT

Daily Didactic
The day began with the splashing sounds of creek on rock outside our tent. As Cache Creek gurgled, we decided we should probably get packed and on the trail before it started raining again. We "rain geared" up and broke down camp under a sky of dark clouds. Just about the time we got the last of our gear in our packs and readied for the hike out, the clouds disappeared and the sun suddenly made it a pleasant morning for a hike. We headed down the trail from "3L1" and had to pause before rejoining the main trail to let a buffalo go ahead. We aren't sure what trail etiquette is here, but we are sure that buffalo have the right of way. It turns out the buffalo was joining a buddy just over the rise and about a half mile into our hike we came upon them grazing in the middle of the trail.

Buffalo we've decided are like a cross between a cow and a moose, not too aware and potentially harmful. We started bushwhacking around our trail companions and headed cross country. This was a little more slow going and our friends ambled along parallel to us on the actual trail, but we eventually got around them and back on the path. By the time we did this, we had one last rise to go over before crossing a large meadow to the bus. As we hit to top of the rise we both laughed out loud. If two buffalo had been an issue, we now had a herd of about fifty between us and the bus, with our path dissecting the herd on the right edge. Ultimately they didn't seem to care a lot about us and we made it the bus without being gored.

We headed out the north entrance, past Mammoth Hot Springs, and stopped in Gardner long enough to have a pizza at the K-Bar. From Gardner we headed an hour north to Livingston, and three hours or so northwest to Missoula. We finally stopped for the night around 8:00 at the increasingly familiar Missoula KOA.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

thumb_P1000992.jpg nonethumb_P1000998.jpg
A drizzly morning in 3L1 The sky showing signs of improvement
thumb_P1010013.jpg nonethumb_P1010017.jpg
Theresa's dancing trees Off with the rain gear, on with the bug spray
thumb_P1010021.jpg nonethumb_P1010022.jpg
Our trail companion for the morning Theresa, heading for Cache Creek
thumb_P1010026.jpg nonethumb_P1010031.jpg
Cache Creek On the trail of buffalo
thumb_P1010036.jpg nonethumb_P1010039.jpg
A fat and happy frog Bushwhacking through a beautiful view
thumb_P1010050.jpg nonethumb_P1010053.jpg
Our buddy in a 'thermal area' Brian in the flowers
thumb_P1010060.jpg nonethumb_P1010061.jpg
Hiking past the herd Theresa, not sure why Brian has stopped to snap photos
thumb_P1010067.jpg nonethumb_P1010073.jpg
We don't know, but this feels safer. Recovering from a fire
thumb_P1010078.jpg nonethumb_P1010092.jpg
Just another impressive view Mammoth Hot Springs
thumb_P1010095.jpg nonethumb_P1010100.jpg
We like the bears The choice of words seems peculiar
thumb_P1010103.jpg nonethumb_P1010110.jpg
Great pizza Novel christmas lights
thumb_P1010114.jpg nonethumb_P1010127.jpg
Montana welcomes us Nice cloud shot
thumb_P1010137.jpg nonethumb_P1010139.jpg
There was bad weather ahead This weather
What do you suppose they used to have in addition to TV?

Road Trip YesterdaynoneRoad Trip HomeRoad Trip Tomorrow