States Visited Today
Tent sleeping did not end up being the best experience for either of us. Despite going to sleep on July 4th, 2020, in Yellowstone National Park, the night was still quite chilly, with the temperature hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. I kept waking up due to my cold feet and colder nose and just generally not sleeping comfortably in the cold and on our inflatable mattress.
After packing up the car we made our way to the Middle Geyser Basin. Excelsior(!) Geyser and Crater was most impressive. It has not erupted in a long time, it just pushes out 4,000 gallons of a water a minute into the nearby Firehole River.
We came early with the hope of getting a good glimpse of the Grand Prismatic Spring. But, there was too much steam coming off it to see it very well.
We continued northward in the park towards Montana making a quick stop at the Golden Gate. We learned about the bridge that was built there and checked out the waterfall.
Then we stopped in Gardiner, Montana at the Roosevelt Arch.
From there our next destination was Kalispell over 400 miles away.
After getting to I-90 I received an alert saying that our reservation for the Many Glacier Hotel for the following day, Monday, in Glacier National Park had been refunded. This was after we had already booked a room in Kalispell. After some research, we found out that the road leading to Many Glacier had been closed for repairs.
Here are some photos from the highway during our drive in Montana.
In Kalispell we had to wait for our room. We found some food at the local Mackenzie River Pizza and both of us had some form of pasta. It was quite good. Back in the room we found out that most of the main road for the Glacier National Park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road, was shut down due to a rock slide/avalanche. The park was only letting in a certain amount of cars that could fill up the few parking lots that were available up to where the road was shut down. We decided to give it a try anyway the next day and went to bed early.