Back in the US of A heading to Yellowstone
Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
9Trip End Sep 25, 2005
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From there we were debating which route to take to Yellowstone. While we could have driven it in one day, we didn't have reservations in the park until the next night. We had planned to enter from West Yellowstone and just find a motel there for one night but had been warned it was on the ticky tacky side. So as we were driving down on route 287, a scenic but easy drive, we came across a little town in Montana named Ennis. If you are an avid fly fisherman, you will know Ennis but for the rest of you this little town is in the center of a valley and blessed with trout streams and rivers galore
By then we were not in the mood to drive another hour only to check into some chain motel so asked for a recommendation for a B and B. That led us to the Jeffers Inn, just outside of town where we were the only guests and had the biggest suite to ourselves for a bargain of $100 a night. The innkeepers recommended we drive about 1/2 an hour over the hills to check out Nevada City, a ghost town, which we did and whiled away a couple hours there. Back at the inn, we had a couple glasses of wine with our hosts and then, too full for dinner, took a back road trip out to see the deer and the sunset before heading back for a soak in the big tub and a good night's sleep. The next morning we had a huge B and B breakfast and drove for an hour or so through a beautiful valley to West Yellowstone
We were really glad we had stumbled on Ennis when we saw all the T shirt shops and chain motels in West Yellowstone, so we just got gas (this was in the post Katrina gas price surge and we never got below 1/2 full) and drove on into the park.
If you're ever out that way, check out Ennis. It has lots of fishing lodges and some B and B's. And bring your poles if you want.