Driving from Helena to Gardiner, MT is only about a 3 hour drive if you don’t make any stops but I was heading to Yellowstone and I wanted to be able to see as much as I could for the short time I was going to be here but I stop for horses…you have figured that out by now…right? 🙂
When I arrived in Gardiner (yes, I picked my hotel first so I had a destination besides just “Yellowstone“) and my photographer friend who had been here a few weeks before had suggested the Absaroka Lodge. It is nothing fancy but it is a very short distance to the park and I actually walked to the Yellowstone Ranger Station to get information. What I liked about it was that it was clean, quiet, had a small balcony and chair and was on the river. Well, that and it had deer enjoying lunch in front of the lodge office. Walking around Gardiner gave me a chance to get a quick lay of the land and check out the restaurants I might want to have dinner.
Now that I have settled into my room and walked around town & over to the Ranger Station to get my entrance ticket I am ready to get in my car and explore as much as I can before it gets dark and I have to go find dinner…but first…I forgot to post this…the Yellowstone River in Emigrant, MT
Driving back toward the ranger station and the entrance to Yellowstone the exploration begins…
Shortly after entering Yellowstone I encountered free roaming elk, bison and a very pretty pair of birds just hanging out, enjoying the day.
Moving on I stopped at Mammoth Hot Springs and Liberty Cap…I stood staring in awe for some period of time and then couldn’t decided where I wanted to go first for pictures. Amazing! I thought there would be an intense sulfur smell but there wasn’t.
I did a little more exploring but it was getting late and I decided to call it a day and head back to the lodge to clean up and find dinner. I will get out exploring again tomorrow. I opted for the Wonderland Cafe & Hotel after stopping somewhere else and being told all that place had to offer with a glass of wine was a bowl of peanuts or some corn chips…he recommended the Wonderland Cafe and I went for it…a very good recommendation. If I had known about this place I may have stayed here for my two night visit…cozy, comfy, excellent fool and a great waitress!
My final post for today is going to be sunset in Gardiner…
“If I’d learnt one thing from traveling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them.Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”
― Alex Garland, The Beach