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Tuesday, June 17, 1997
Sheridan, Wyoming to Gardiner, Montana
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Gardiner, Montana:
Latitude: 45° 2' 0" North
Longitude: 110° 42' 10" West
Altitude: 5480 feet
From Seattle: 587 miles
Lodging: Camp - Rocky Mountain Campground

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Today's Travel:
Country: United States
Regions: Wyoming, Montana
Route: I90, US212, US89
Start: Sheridan, Wyoming
Stop 1. Colter Pass, Wyoming
Stop 2. Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
End:Gardiner, Montana
Road Miles:361 miles
Linear:188 miles
Weather: Sunny / Rain

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"Reasonable & Prudent" sign I90, Wyoming border, MT

Mountains US212, East of Colter Pass, MT

Snow fields from Colter Pass Colter Pass, MT

Sawtooth Peak? US212, near NE Yellowstone entrance, WY

Buffalo Yellowstone National Park, WY

Reflected storm clouds Yellowstone National Park, WY

Calcite Springs and the river Calcite Springs Overlook, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Rock Spire Calcite Springs Overlook, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Up river from Calcite Springs Calcite Springs Overlook, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Moose Bull #1 Yellowstone National Park, WY

Moose Bull #2 Yellowstone National Park, WY

Hot Springs Nymph Lake, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Elk Yellowstone National Park, WY

Cavern Terrace Mammoth Hot Springs Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Minerva Terrace #1 Mammoth Hot Springs Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Minerva Terrace #2 Mammoth Hot Springs Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Minerva Terrace #3 Mammoth Hot Springs Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Me at Minerva Terrace Mammoth Hot Springs Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Minerva Terrace #4 Mammoth Hot Springs Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Minerva Terrace #5 Mammoth Hot Springs Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Big Horn Sheep #1 Near North entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Big Horn Sheep #2 Near North entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Big Horn Sheep #3 Near North entrance, Yellowstone National Park, WY

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 68
Miles Driven:15234
Linear Dist: 55858
Countries Visited: 2
Regions Visited: 34
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Hotels: 29
Friends / Family: 19
Camping: 13
Hostels: 7
Beers: 176
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Journal Entry:
Montana, home of the "Reasonable & Prudent" (translation: NO) speed limit. I'm really not that surprised that my gas Milage dropped by a little more than 5 mpg today.

Stoped for lunch at Colter Pass, elevation 10,854 feet. There is still plenty of snow here, there are people snowmobiling all over the place, and I saw a few skiers.

Came in through the NE entrance of the park. The drove was spectacular, though longer than I had anticipated. There are no campsites available! By the time I get to the ranger station (19 miles took me 1 hour 45 minutes on a 45 mph road thanks to an RV that wouldn't use the pull outs) was closed, so no back country permit. Which means I have to find someplace outside the park. I decide to go out through the North entrance. There might not be any campsites, but there are animals and views galore. I saw Buffalo (maybe a little too up close, a bull tried to put his head in my window, while it was rolled up), Elk, Moose, and a big horn sheep. I also stopped at the beautiful Mammoth Hot Springs and went for a hike.

I couldn't find a USFS campground, so I'm in a commercial campground, right outside the North entrance to the park.

After a beautiful morning and early afternoon, it started to get overcast. After setting up my tent while I was in the middle of making dinner (Pizza!) it started to rain. It's still raining, and the wind is blowing, probably not to much sleep tonight.


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