Through Yellowstone to Livingston

Trip Start May 09, 2008
Trip End ??? ??, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Montana
Monday, May 12, 2008

I had to wait about an hour and a half at the Yellowstone gate, there was a good snowstorm during the night.  I was at a lower elevation so I woke up to a steady cold rain, which didn't really bother me under the aluminum camper.   The snowbanks from the plow were impressive, there was apparently record snowfalls throughout the majority of the rockies this year.  The fresh snow created  a perfect color reference as it melted in around and framed the geothermic features in the park, it kept the crowds down as well, I had the majority of the boardwalks to myself.  There was a steady crowd congregated around old faithful but most of the trails were more or less empty, I never came across more than a handful of people as I moved through the park, running on some of the boardwalks to cover as much ground as I could, but still taking time to closely investigate the bacterial mats and bubbling geisers.

The park changed dramatically in color and scale as I got close to Montana, some great views from the truly elevated highway, waterfalls, black bears, bison and scattered snowfall.  My sustenance along the drive consisted mainly of fruit, granola bars and various nuts.  I touched base with my hosts in Kalispell to let them know I would be arriving in the afternoon the following day.  The guy promised me that he wasn't a serial killer, but his girlfriend
said that she wouldn't make any promises....  I let them know that I
deemed 50/50 to be pretty good odds.  After leaving the park I found a small diner, since it was early in the season most everything surrounding the park was still closed down.    The diner was quiet and rustic,  family operated, there were some young kids with the hostess... this was in Emigrant, after eating my first real solid meal of the day, a quality burger, the waitress directed me to a small fishing landing that had camping available, I could hear the trout feeding consistantly all through the night and into the morning... no other campers here.
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