Carefree Highway (Day 38)

Let me slip away on you.

Gordon Lightfoot

Today was another big driving day – eight hours. I woke up early and enjoyed having enough internet to make my posts from the last couple days and reading a bit of news. Once everyone else was up we hit the road pretty quickly.

Our first stop was in Kalispell were we made yet another Target stop for PBJ&C supplies plus a few other miscellaneous items. Molly and I took turns driving and by 4:30 we pulled into West Yellowstone. We were last here in 2015 and the town is pretty much exactly as I remembered. We did a load of laundry and got a burger. I also spent way too much time trying to get T-Mobile to renew my plan (I think they eventually got it right).

Once we got to the Old Faithful Inn we dropped our bags and got seats for the 8:55 eruption. On schedule the gyser showed off. It really is amazing to see the earth alive. We spend a lot of time trying to understand how the landscape has been shaped over millions of years. The gysers here are some of the most visual evidence that these processes are ongoing.

After the eruption we decided to go for a little hike in the gyser basin. We made about a mile out, but turned back when the mosquitoes and lack of light helped us decided that it would be more fun to see that area during the day.

We have a huge hike planned for tomorrow, over 20 miles so we’re all going to do our best to get some rest now.

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