Montana

West Yellowstone, Montana; Day 4

We checked out of our high-cost/ low-amenity motel in West Yellowstone and drove straight to Mammoth Hot Springs in the northern part of the Park. Yellowstone was established in 1872 as the first national park. There was no precedent for the idea of reserving land to remain wild so the first park superintendents had serious…

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West Yellowstone, Montana; Day 3

Our aspirations for the day took us into Yellowstone National Park to visit several key spots. Our first stop was at the Norris Geyser Basin which produces some of the oldest and hottest springs in the Park. Steamboat Geyser shoots spray up to 300 feet into the air and had a significant eruption just 8…

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West Yellowstone, Montana; Day 2

Our first day in Yellowstone started out comfortably cool, sunny and…crowded and it pretty much stayed that way. It’s not a big surprise there are crowds, it’s the busiest time of the year at Yellowstone and outdoor vacations are especially popular in our almost post-COVID world. Plus the park is amazing! Once we settled in…

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West Yellowstone, Montana

Today, we have embarked on the Yellowstone leg of the journey.  We are going to spend four nights in and around this majestic area. Our first order of business was to swap Ole Wheezy with some wheels that could take us up and down the mountains in Northwest Wyoming. The kids were somewhat chagrined to…

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Bozeman, Montana

We made our way over the Continental Divide this morning and found ourselves in Bozeman, Montana for lunch and a visit to a wonderful museum. The Museum of the Rockies is a terrific place for anyone that has an interest in dinosaurs. Montana is a primary location for dinosaur fossil hunting and paleontology. The MOR…

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Butte, Montana; Day 5

Today was our last full day in Butte and we resolved to do some of our favorite things. The kids played at Stodden Park once again and then spent some time in the pool practicing their underwater handstands and somersaults. Tiffany finished the puzzle with one missing piece and oddly a duplicate one as well.…

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Butte, Montana; Day 4

It was a quiet day for the 5 Adventurers in Butte. Pool time, an afternoon movie, progress on the jigsaw puzzle and other normal life kinds of things. It seemed a good day to share some trip tidbits that haven’t made it into the daily posts over the three weeks since we left San Clemente.…

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Butte, Montana; Day 3

As some of you are aware, we have a long list of vaccinations necessary for some of our global destinations during this year of travel and we did a terrible job getting all of them taken care of before we left CA. What you may not be aware is that some multi-dose vaccinations need to…

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Butte, Montana; Day 2

The intrepid travellers remained in Butte for their adventures today. We plan to stay here until Monday the 12th before moving on to Billings, Montana. There is a very pleasant spot in Butte named Stodden Park where the kids played on large mining-themed playground equipment. It’s an homage to the copper mining that made this…

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Butte, Montana; Day 1

The kids and Mom went to the pool at the Copper King Hotel in Butte, Montana this morning while Dad dropped off the car at the Toyota dealership to look into a check engine light which came up during yesterday’s drive into town. Tiffany and Brian have been well prepared to expect the unexpected during…

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Glacier National Park, Montana; Day 5

We were able to make one final visit to Glacier National Park in the morning after packing up and clearing out the camp site. Our target today was Two Medicine Lake in the Southeastern area of the Park. The kids continued to refine their rock skipping technique and discovered many skipping stones among the sedimentary…

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Glacier National Park, Montana; Day 4

Today was our last full day at Glacier National Park. We would like to visit tomorrow morning prior to leaving for Butte, Montana but we will need to pack up and assess our driving day. Once again we saw some new wildlife today in the Park.  Uncle Jeff did not get to see the Bighorn…

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Glacier National Park, Montana; Day 3

Day 2 at Glacier National Park.  Yesterday, we traversed the Park from one end to the other by car (with a boat ride in between).  Today was a hiking day as we marched over four miles across a few trails with the 5 Adventurers and 6 Stewarts. We saw a number of amazing waterfalls and…

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Glacier National Park, Montana; Day 2

We awoke in the tent at our campground just outside of Glacier National Park after a comfortable night with minimal wind. Mom got the camp stove running before Dad was out of his camp cot.  The kids tried to be helpful for breakfast prep but mostly stayed out of the way. Dad seemed most excited…

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Driving to Glacier National Park, Montana

Today, we leave Tanya & Jeff’s house in Eastern Washington for a 5 hour drive to Glacier National Park in Montana.  We are all very excited to see the park and camp out for 4 nights.  If you notice some missing updates in this travel blog this weekend, it will be due to cellular service…

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