Enough of this Smoke. I’m Outta Here

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I ended the previous post with the events at Logan Pass – the westernmost point to which we could travel on the Going to the Sun Road on September 8, 2017 and a photo – taken from a safe distance …

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It’s Glacier Park and it’s on Fire

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Although I was in no danger on the east side of the park, when I share the photos I took at Logan Pass, you’ll see that the title of today’s entry is not entirely hyperbole. As you should recall, among …

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Are There More Buddhas Than Buddhists in Montana?

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When I first planned this trip in February, stopping in Missoula seemed not simply like a logical and reasonable choice but nearly ideal. A mere 300 miles from Canyon Village, it allowed plenty of time to make a last stop …

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That’s Not a Mesa, It’s a Butte. Or is it?

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I’m not certain whether I should count the ghost towns and the ringing rocks as a pair of missed sights or as three of a kind. Or whether the only one that I should really count as missed is Nevada …

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An Earthquake Makes a Lake and Labor Day Closes a City

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Wednesday morning as I once again defrosted my windows, I couldn’t help but think that in essentially what amounted to two days, I’d seen a lot of Yellowstone National Park while, at the same time, seeing very little of it. …

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A Not So Mellow Yellowstone Afternoon

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Although not quite a canyon wall cliffhanger, at the end of my previous post, I left you with an image of me driving south on the Grand Loop Road in the direction of Old Faithful following the route my hitchhiking …

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A Frosty Yellowstone Morning

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If I thought it had gotten chilly overnight when I was in Jackson, when I woke up Tuesday morning, it was as though Yellowstone was telling me, “Those wimps down in Jackson don’t know what cold means.” The windows on …

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Goodbye, Grand Teton. Hello, Yellowstone

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It had been another chilly night and when I left Jackson Monday morning I thought the gray-white clouds obscuring the top third of the mountains was fog from the condensing dew. I’d learn later that no, it wasn’t dew, it …

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Morning Ashes, a Spiteful Love and a Heartless Mountain

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I arrived in Jackson late in the afternoon of September 2 and, as you saw in the photos I posted in the previous entry, while my first views of the Tetons were impressive, they were breathtaking mainly because the ash …

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Three big Tétons

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Today’s report Will Likely be the shortest post of this trip. As shown on the map below, the remainder of the drive from Fort Washakie to Jackson follows a straightforward route – essentially Route 287 to left on Route 26. …

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