Moving on – to West Yellowstone, MT

9/8/16 (Thursday) in West Yellowstone, MT ( Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground – $42/night, N side)

Indian Creek Campground is wonderful: FHUs, free WiFi, Verizon cell phone reception, open skies for TV reception, lovely, clean bathrooms, and great hosts. It’s a very busy place, so it probably be smart to reserve your site. They also gave us coupons: one for the nearby 4B restaurant and another for $.02 off the per gallon price at the nearby Conoco so, mostly because it was so handy, we got fueled there first thing ($2.469/gal). Fresh out of the gas station we were greeted with snow on the mountain ahead and a rainbow! We were on I-90 by 8:30. On I-90 after Butte we crossed the Continental Divide, then came down a steep (6%) grade where the signs said 25 mph speed limit for trucks with over 12,000 GVW. We’re at 29,800 lbs. but we’re not actually a truck, so John traveled at around 50 mph for most of that downhill stretch. Mighty Rocky Mountains! The good news: no snow on roadway.

On Hwy 339 (connecting I-90 E to Hwy 287 S) we saw cattle that could easily have stepped onto the highway. It was 2 lane but largely straight and not busy so a nice ride through a lovely valley.

Hwy 287 was also 2 lane, with a little more traffic that was good at passing us. Truck speed limit was 60 mph, so that fit our needs just fine. As we closed in our Yellowstone we saw lots of fishermen in the river next to our road. Even several standing in the water, fly fishing. Sorry, we went by so fast I couldn’t get a photo. You’ll just have to travel here yourself to see them! Unfortunately there was also a lot of construction around the last 5 miles before our destination. Still, we arrived by noon.

Note: Indian Creek Campground was very well signed. I would not say that for Yellowstone Holiday. They have a large sign at their place, right on Hwy 287, but it’s hard to read. Everything else is great! They are situated right on Lake Hebgen (you pay a little more for the lake view sites), with FHUs, wonderful hosts, and a beautiful laundry and bathroom. Your site has grass, a concrete pad with picnic table. Open skies for TV reception. Okay Verizon coverage and free WiFi. It’s about 15 minutes from Yellowstone NP, with decent prices now in the low season (after Labor Day).

It’s been pretty crazy these days since we left Spokane, so we gave ourselves an afternoon of R&R: for me, a nap, reading, getting our wash done. John watched TV! That felt SO good!

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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