We've noticed that lots of things move by train out here. The trains are very long and there are a lot of them. I'm sure that eliminates some of the truck traffic that would otherwise be on the roads. Train sightings led to a general discussion of trains and one of Brett's favorite computer games "Railroad". He's been playing Skyrim for the last 6 months to the exclusion of all others. But he does feel that sometimes a man just tires of killing zombies and needs to haul some freight.
Also still seeing many areas with evidence of past fires. The terrain seems much rougher than it did in Wyoming.
Some more things noticed:
- I have never seen so many indoor waterparks in an area as here. Maine should really get on the bandwagon. We could be the premiere indoor watersport capital of the northeast if somebody set up a couple of these.
- A barn with Midlands Bull Test on the roof caught my attention. They work to raise bulls who can eat the highest percentage of roughage in their diet without actually dying from it. Then these are sold for breeding.
- Coffee and elevation may not actually mix too well. I feel this is true as I seemed extremely energetic and kept referring to billboards as bullboards. We are camping at 6600 ft so I'll let you know how half a glass of wine works out.
- There are quite a number of log homes (mansions) in this area. Many of them are festooned with antlers.
- Buffalo jerky doesn't taste too bad at all although probably 10am was a little early to be eating it.
- Either I have started to attract flies or there are more of them here than elsewhere. One of the little devils kept attacking me in the back seat of the truck and I spent a good amount of time trying to swat it. Since Brett knows that at home my preferred method of ridding the world of flies is to puree them on a window screen (that way I'm sure they are really dead), I was given instructions not to destroy the truck while I was on my mission.
- There are lighted roadsigns at frequent intervals warning "Extreme fire danger. Keep cigarettes in ashtray".
- People seem to like to put graffiti/art on the steep sides of some of the bluffs. We saw one that looked something like a pair of eyeglasses but in a style that made it look like a pictograph. Brett said that it must have been done by the Pince Nez tribe. He will never let me forget that I once incorrectly referred to the Nez Perce Indians that way. Well, it couldn't have been done by them. Everybody knows that Montana is Crow country (I know because I saw it on a bullboard).
We turned south onto US191 for the drive down to West Yellowstone. This part of the drive was on a nicely paved two lane highway. Plenty of trucks use the road so we knew there would be room. And somebody wisely spaced turnouts at about every quarter mile so it was easy enough to pull over when we developed too much of a following. I must say that some brazen drivers felt comfortable passing on curves in no passing zones.
There is a lot of water flowing through this spot and Brett seems to be enjoying the view.
Since we'd eaten the buffalo jerky in the morning we made the fateful choice to forgo a lunch stop and go right to our campground. We did arrive at 1:45pm but by then some of us had been away from food for too long. So it was a setup where you already knew nothing was going to go right. We've managed to misplace the remote for the trailer so have to do the slides and leveling from inside and keep walking outside to check on things. Of course every time Brett needed me for something I was on the wrong side. Then the two little dogs in the neighboring campsite began to bark non-stop. I hurriedly prepared lunch and things were much smoother after that. No harm done, I just need to remember to feed everybody at regular intervals.
This will be a four night stay. By happy chance, it is KOA appreciation weekend and we get one of those nights for free. That should buy us an extra 10 gallons of diesel.
I spotted another buffalo. This one was rather colorful.
Tomorrow we head for the national park and with any luck at all I will finally get to see a geyser. It should be another great day.