|Start: 11:30am, Thursday August 29,2002
End: 8:20pm, Thursday August 29,2002
|Distance Traveled Today: 454.5 Miles
Distance To Date: 2417.5 Miles
We had another late start but a very productive day. The drive through Idaho and Montana was amazing. The land we saw was mountainous and full of trees. The air was crisp and clean, and the sky seemed bigger than ever. This is some of the most beautiful parts of the country that either of has seen. Out here it becomes obvious that a majority of Americans live in a small minority of the land that this beautiful country has to offer...
The day started off with a clear sky ahead but for most of the day we had a storm chasing us.We could see the clouds rolling in above us and we could feel the wind picking up. There are numerous horse ranches and livestock farms out here. Scott even spotted some grazing buffalo... well actually most of them were laying down.
We were making great time and decided to stop in the welcome center for Montana and look into a setting up a horseback trip somewhere in Montana before we entered into Yellowstone National Park. We found what looked like some really cool places to go for a day of horseback riding. All of the ranches seemed to be right around a town named Livingston, Montana, so Livingston became our destination. Right when we were leaving the welcome center we found out we had made it into a new time zone and lost an hour .Eventually the storm caught up to us so were found ourselves driving in and out of heavy rain for the later half of the day. The drive was still great. We even got to see a rainbow.
Livingston is a small town just 50 miles outside of the park and is known as the "Gateway to Yellowstone." One interesting fact that we learned while checking into the hotel is that Yellowstone was the very first National Park. Also while we were checking in, there were random power surges due the the strength of the storm. We are hoping it will pass us by overnight so that we can have a great horseback riding day. But even if we don't we're enjoying the rain.... it doesn't rain in Southern California.
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