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Just going to post a few pictures of my vacation, an off-season visit to Montana, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons. We had to leave 2 days early due to snow, but it was still one of the best trips we've had as a family. Lots of hiking. Lots of driving. Lots of steak. Flew into Bozeman, drove down through Red Lodge and stopped at Cody. Nice towns to visit. We had to skip Livingston, too much snow and the road condition reports were not good. The next day, the drive from Cody to Yellowstone is magnificent, and we did it in the snow, again. Pictures of our Yellowstone Welcome Wagon below. Saw Old Faithful (the boys were underwhelmed, but it did go off right at the time we were told it would).
Spent 2 days in Jackson, hiked the Tetons and met some moose. No squirrel. Definitely need to return and do more hiking there. Amphitheater Lake looks wonderful, and the hike to 9,000 feet isn't horrible.
Drove through Idaho, where we ran into a cattle drive in Rexburg, to West Yellowstone. A tourist town, but in the offseason it has a charm all its own. Spent another day hiking and taking pictures of geothermal activity, waterfalls, and ran into Wile E. Coyote on a short hike to Clear Lake (which is really quite green and smells like sulphur).
The weather in Yellowstone changes on a whim. We had fog, rain, clear skies and snow all in a 5 hour period. The first few snow storms were pretty mild. Unfortunately, the snow kept getting worse. When 4 inches fell, the park closed and a larger storm was on the way. So we changed the flights and headed home. It was the right decision. Bozeman got 10 inches on Saturday, and we would have had to drive in that snow...
Some pictures below the fold, more to follow...
Carnegie Library in Red Lodge, MT
Yellowstone Welcome Wagon
Close personal friends
Family at Grand Prismatic Spring...steam rising in the cold.
Dramatic sky provides backdrop for the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson WY
Moose. No squirrel. On the way to Inspiration Point in the Grand Tetons
Yellowstone off season is magnificent. I did that trip in 2008 with my eight grader. We traveled in the other direction, from Yellowstone to Cody. With a little slippery snow on the ground, I found Sylvan Pass especially horrifying! I wonder how it was traveling east-west over that pass.
My boys preferred the Tetons. I was about equal on both. But the cold weather definitely made the Prismatic difficult to see at ground level...nearly impossible. I have a video of walking on the pathway - through an impenetrable wall of fog and visitors to the spring appear out of the mist quite suddenly.
But we did a hike, got up above the spring and got some good views.
Really enjoyed Cody. Only spent a day/night. Visited the Buffalo Bill Center and had a nice steak at the Cody Steakhouse.
Took a hike down along the Shoshone River - wanted to walk up to Shoshone Falls but it was late.