With the magnificent Canadian Rockies behind us, we headed back into the US, entering through Montana on October 10, 2015. We stopped in the charming town of Whitefish, MT to do some laundry, wash the truck, and restock before entering Glacier National Park.
This landscape has always been sacred to the Blackfeet, Salish, and Kootenai peoples. It remains no less sacred today for the enduring vision of peace embodied in its unique status. Two countries, two provinces, one state, and the Blackfeet people share common boundaries and stewardship. Together all of these groups protect and celebrate one of the most ecologically diverse parts of the Rocky Mountain West.
On the road in Montana
Montana is derived from the Spanish word montaña mountain. The economy is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming. Driving through the state was just relaxing and mesmerizing by the grandeur of its landscapes. Ranch after ranch, horses and cattle grazing, mountains and plains, and of course the big skies!
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Of all the 17 US National Parks we have visited in the last six months, Yellowstone National Park is the mack daddy of them all. Not only it is the first National Park in the US, it was established in 1872, many say that it is the first national park in the world!
The abundance of plants and wildlife, the geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, canyons … hiking trails and all the activities available are just unbelievable. If you had to chose one park, Yellowstone is without a doubt the one we recommend.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park is just 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. Nicknamed the Mountains of the Imagination, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it.
On the road in Wyoming
Our first stop after Grand Teton National Park, was the cool town of Jackson Wyoming where we hung out and spent a couple of nights boon docking at Curtis Canyon Elk Refuge.
We left Jackson WY and drove south stoping on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land. BLM is a division of the US Department of the interior, they administer 264 million acres of public lands located primarily in the western states.