The morning of June 5th dawns bright and beautiful. I feed the boys, walk them only long enough for them to do their business then we are on the road. Today we take in Mesa Falls, the reason for our little side trip off Hwy 20.
Charlie is looking forward to the ride and the possibility of seeing a lizard. Or squirrel. Or prairie dog. If it moves, he’s interested.
It’s a short drive from last night’s camp to the entrance to the falls.
I point Freedom’s nose northward and we finish up this beautiful drive on Hwy 47 heading for Island Park, billed as the “longest main street in America.” It is that for sure, if your Main Street consists only of fly shops, a couple of motels, and gas stations every few miles. I believe the signage said it’s 33 miles.
With Island Park behind us I begin looking for a place to roost for the night.
We make a quick stop here so the Chiweenie Brothers can stretch their legs and relieve themselves. Mom spent quite a bit of time at Mesa Falls. It was just so beautiful she couldn’t help herself! This scenic byway should be on your “to see” list if you’re traveling this way.
Driving into the town of West Yellowstone I find there is no place to park for the night and end up back up on the mountain. Every forest service road along this stretch is for day use only it seems. I settle on a trailhead at Targhee Pass in the Gallatin National Forest.
We are right next to the highway, but traffic noise does not keep us awake. With two nights of mosquito misery and then visiting Mesa Falls and climbing lots of stairs I am exhausted, and I don’t think anything would keep me awake. That is until Fries wakes me up around midnight trying to get under the covers. The air above us is fraught with thunder and lighting. And I do mean right above us; as in right overhead.
Charlie sleeps through it all, but poor little Fries is terrified. He and I snuggle close as, thankfully, it is short-lived and moves on rather quickly. I drop off back to sleep with the little guy snuggled close. Morning comes too quickly, but I drag myself out of bed at the crack of dawn. Today we visit the upper half of the figure eight that is Yellowstone National Park. To be continued . . .
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