Meeting Friends and Visiting Yellowstone

Gardiner, MT

Something we were looking forward to during our visit to this area was the chance to meet blog friends Paul and Marsha Weaver.  The Weavers have been full timing in their motor home for a year longer than us and we have been reading about their travels in their blog Where’s Weaver the entire time.  When Pam began commenting on their blog, Marsha began reading and commenting on ours.  The two girls then began emailing back and forth often and an online friendship developed.  Paul and Marsha are both former educators (from Ohio) and have two grown children, so we have a great deal in common.  They were parked in Livingston, MT 50 miles north of us, so we both wanted to take advantage of that and meet.  The Weavers searched the area and found a nice restaurant/bar about half way between  our locations.  Sunday afternoon we met and spent over three hours talking as if we were long time friends.

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Pam, John, Paul, and Marsha

The next day the Weavers headed for South Dakota, while we continued our exploration of Yellowstone.  We loved visiting with them and hope to see them again somewhere in our travels.

The next morning we rose early and drove across the northern tier of the park, out the northeast entrance, and into the tiny town of Cooke City, where we had a nice breakfast.  We saw some great scenery and a few (but not as many as we wanted) animals.

July and snow on the mountains

Pronghorn

Bison family

Pika

Mammoth Hot Springs is a large complex of terraced hot springs next to where we enter Yellowstone at the northwest gate.  It was created over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate (over two tons flow into Mammoth each day in a solution).

Hydrothermal Pool at Mammoth Hot Springs

As the hot water spills over the edge, it deposits the calcium carbonate on the side of the built up hill.

Travertine (calcium carbonate) at Canary Falls

The effect gives the appearance of snow on the side of a hill.

Tomorrow we don our hiking gear and head out to climb the 10,243 foot Mt. Washburn.  OK, maybe a 3-5 mile hike up into the high country.  More on that later . . .

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2 Responses to Meeting Friends and Visiting Yellowstone

  1. Marsha says:

    Boy does that one photo look familiar.
    GREAT photo of the mountain and the snow. We didn’t drive that far along the ridge but we could see the snow along the highway.
    You got to see some wildlife. Now take your time…you have 10 days in that area.
    Wonderful photo showing the calcium deposit looking like snow.
    Can’t wait to see your Mt. Washburn photos from your hike. Wait…3-5 miles ain’t going to get you to the top. Better think much bigger!
    Enjoy your stay dear friends.

  2. Deb says:

    Your pictures are so clear, I guess the haze from Colorado hasn’t made it there. Other than our first day, it was never completely clear. Enjoy the hike, and John, do not ask, “Are we there yet?”

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