From Gardiner, Montana

We’re braindead from a long day of visual overstimulation — Idaho Falls, Idaho to Jackson, Wyoming to Grand Tetons National Park to Yellowstone National Park to Gardiner, Montana (just outside the north entrance to Yellowstone).

Every few miles was something totally different. We really packed it in.

Our big surprise was how ravaged Yellowstone still looks after the wildfires of 1988 — vast tracts of burned and fallen trees still sweep the landscape. And yet… millions of little evergreens are also shooting up. Life goes on.

I’m too tired to say much more. We rolled into Gardiner about 5 PM — very glad we reserved a room yesterday because there are no rooms left. An overpriced Comfort Inn without a refrigerator. But outside are the mountains. And a small herd of wild elk are grazing in the parking lot. They hang out a lot around here.

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