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Montana, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho.

sunny 82 °F

Morning in Missoula is pleasant in the shade and monstrous in the sun. Temperatures are liable to climb over 100, but we'll be changing elevation faster than the mercury, so no worries. The mountains are beautiful and lettered and the air is very clear. We drive for-freaking-ever up and down hills and mountains, coasting through valleys. There's a very strange phenomenon out here: The gas stations are casinos.

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Heading into Yellowstone National park, I see a herd of bison. Compared to domestic cattle, bison look like that kid who hit the gym real hard but doesn't acknowledge leg day. He's all, like, "But my deltoids, man..." Yellowstone is stunning and full of tourists. Now that June is over, most schools are out, and parents are desperately trying to entertain and educate their children. We see lots of elk and bison and geysers, but no bears, which kind of bums me out. Seeing a bear (from the car, if you're concerned) would have been pretty awesome. All of the hot springs and mudflats and geysers and Old Faithful were surreal, so I'm not really complaining.

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We head out of Yellowstone to Driggs, Idaho. We pass through Montana again, briefly. The ride is lovely. Cows graze in highway side pastures and the air smells sweetly of hay. As the sun sets in the east, the moon rises, nearly full, in the west over the Grand Teton Mountains. Idaho is beautiful and I'm stupid in love with middle America.

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Posted by MiriG 21:51 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip geyser rocky_mountains montana wyoming idaho yellowstone_national_park grand_teton lower_48 old_fatihful Comments (0)

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