We started pretty slow today, taking the morning to catch up on some Interneting and then headed over to a Pilot Travel Plaza to enjoy a real shower. It was around 1pm by the time we actually headed out. Around 5pm, we decided to make a pit stop in a random town and do our laundry. Excitement!
Yellowstone isn’t that far of a drive from Great Falls, Montana, where we stayed last night. Even starting as late as we did and stopping to do laundry, we still made it here right before 8pm. We had enough time to check out Mammoth Hot Springs and take some pics before camping for the night. The hot springs are like a whole other world; they’re just so different and interesting. This is my first time seeing anything like it.
We passed Yankee Jim Canyon (aka the Yellowstone River) on the way into the park and I got a little excited because of the history I’ve read about Yellowstone and how it all relates to Forrest Fenn’s riddle. Of course, I only speculate that he’s making a reference to Yankee Jim Canyon. The only way to know for sure is by finding his gold. Granted, I won’t be looking anywhere near the river as my first guess.
Today was the first time someone complained about us “free camping” so, to avoid any extra hassle, we’re camped out in a residential area parked with a ton of other cars on the side of the street.