Day Sixteen

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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The Collins Mansion Bed and Breakfast

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We're getting really close to the end of our trip, and aren't really sure if we are happy to be heading home, or sad that we have to go back to work on Monday!  I think the thought of our own house and actually being able to cook our own food is winning out!

This was another driving day, but it was fun.  We headed back into Yellowstone, as we just couldn't see all of it yesterday (although I'm not sure if we had a week we'd even REALLY see it all).  We had driven the south loop road yesterday, which has more of the geothermal features, so today we drove most of the north loop road.  Our first stop was at Roaring Mountain, which is literally an entire side of a huge hill covered in steaming vents, and if you listen carefully (and could tell other dozen tourists to STOP talking for even just a minute), you would be able to hear the sounds of the a small roar.  Apparently it could be heard a mile away 100 years ago.

Next we headed back to the Upper and Lower falls of the Yellowstone River, as our camera battery had died at the end of yesterday's tour and we weren't able to get to the really impressive viewpoints.  At the Upper Falls outlook, we got into a conversation with a British couple who asked us to take their picture (and they returned the favour) about cameras...I think Ryan has found a camera he has fallen in love with.  I guess we'll be looking at Nikon cameras before we leave the States.

The waterfalls here are truly impressive...Artist's Point is the most photographed place here in Yellowstone, and we can see why.  The Lower Falls are stunning from this viewpoint.  Too bad you have to deal with hundreds of the tourists to get to the good view.  Most are really good about sharing space, but there are always a few who have no qualms about walking in front of you and your camera...

Again we got to see bison up close on our travels today, and yet again we saw a few tourists getting a little too close. I guess some people just don't read the signs about staying away from bison, as they can run 30 mph...faster than us!  Natural selection, I guess.  No bears or wolves for us..just some bison, deer and an elk.  But that's good enough...

We left the park through the north entrance and headed up to Great Falls.  We got to see the variety of terrain that makes up Montana.  Our 4 hour drive took us through dry desert like scrub, range land, huge wheat fields, lush mountain valleys, and always under that big Montana sky.  I totally understand why it is called Big Sky Country.  Stunning!  I think we crossed the Missouri river 4 times as it wound it's way through western Montana.

Finally we ended up at our last lodging for the honeymoon.  The Collins Mansion is a century old mansion...gorgeous building!
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