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Our campground buddies- on a hike in beautiful Yellowstone

Yellowstone to Great Falls, MT

 

This morning we went with our fun campground neighbors, the Courtneys, on a terrific hike up Mt. Washburn.  We only went about a mile before we let them continue onward while we returned to the RV to head north for our long drive to Great Falls, MT. 

 

Along the way, we briefly saw a bear- although it was just 15 feet over the hillside, the Rangers were there on a “wildlife jam” and were directing traffic to keep moving and we weren’t allowed to exit the vehicles for safety, so we saw *part* of the bear.

Beautiful Yellowstone
  We’re still eager to see a whole bear!

 

We stopped for a lunch break near the sign for the 45th parallel- halfway between the Equator and the North Pole!  It was also along the roaring Yellowstone River and just delightful.

 

Although we arrived after 5pm in Great Falls, we luckily got a spot in the KOA here.  It is about 3 times the price we’ve been paying, but it sure is nice!  They have a little grocery store, ice cream, and an escort to the campsite.  We have electricity for running the hairdryer, the microwave, and charging all the laptops and batteries.  The kids played in the water park and we did a load of laundry- hooray!  Every once in a while, staying in a KOA is a real treat- it is powder-puff camping!

 

While in the laundry room, I met Julia, who is Adventure Cycling alone from California to Pennsylvania.

Beautiful Yellowstone
  What a neat person!  She works for REI and they gave her a 12-week sabbatical with full insurance coverage and even offered an Adventure Grant for REI equipment, as long as she writes product reviews- she says they’re a terrific company. 

 

Oh!  She is also a rock-climber and her descriptions of the techniques for hooking to anchors and belaying, etc. were fascinating.  We must google El Capitan in Yosemite to learn how the climbers, over 3 days time, ascend the 1500 foot sheer rock wall- in particular, the net beds that hang between the days’ climbs!  Can you imagine hanging there and trying to sleep?

 

Someone again suggested the book “Into the Wild” and although it has (spoiler coming!) a very sad ending, which I’m grateful to know in advance, I’m going to try to locate a copy as it sounds intriguing.  I’m still reading the 10-years boating around the world book, which is terrific, but I keep running into even more interesting people while I’m trying to read it.

 

Fireworks were going off tonight and everyone is psyched about the 4th of July.

Beautiful Yellowstone
  We’re so happy to have the chance to see our proud country.  It is just gorgeous!

 

Guess what time sunrise and sunset are here in Great Falls, MT?  5am sunrise and 10pm sunset!  Really!  It was 9:45 pm and the kids were swimming in the pool and the sun was not quite to the horizon!  We’re going to stay up way too late in the land of the Midnight Sun (Alaska), I’m certain!

 

We’re headed to Glacier NP in the morning where we have a reservation for the night - we cannot traverse the entire Highway to the Sky in our long RV, but I understand the shuttle service will take us on it.  They still have snow in the middle section and it’s not open yet! 

 

Charles was thrilled to see on the map that we’ll be at the northern edge of the United States tomorrow.

Beautiful Yellowstone- kids sliding in the snow on hike
  That is pretty exciting!

 

We’re hoping to make a Saturday crossing into Canada, but will play it by ear.  We need to research which foods we need to avoid buying before crossing. 

 

I’m a bit nervous of crossing the border in an RV, particularly with minor kids without both parents, but I think I’ve got all the necessary documents notarized from Ned and have done all within my power to make it happen.  Hopefully we’ll not be the poor saps who are forced to unload their entire RV on the side of the highway -  I think that is more a concern when coming back into the U.S. than going to Canada, but we’ll hold our breath and smile, be friendly and patient until it’s over.  I’ve never worried about a border crossing before.  And I got the Global Entry status before leaving (although that isn’t a Canadian crossing benefit), but maybe it will give added clearance.  One can hope!

 

 

 

 

 

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