First of all, let me wish my brother Casey a very happy birthday! Interestingly, as we were born only 11 months apart, this marks the beginning of the one month per year that Casey and I are the same age. I hope you have a great birthday, brother!
After two days of beautiful hiking, I am taking a rest day today so that my legs will be fresh tomorrow for another hiking adventure. I figured I would share photos of my commute from where I live in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY inside Yellowstone Park to Gardiner, MT, where I work, get my mail, and check my email. It is an amazing drive, and beats commuting in Gainesville any day! The distance between Mammoth and Gardiner is 5 miles. The drive winds down through a hilly green canyon along the Gardiner River.
I start by going through the tiny town of Mammoth, where the park headquarters are located. I pass the Mammoth Terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, the NPS visitor's center, Old Fort Yellowstone, and the post office. Mammoth is a really cute little town.
The Mammoth Terraces, as seen from downtown Mammoth
The historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
The NPS Albright Visitor's Center in Mammoth
Mammoth Post Office
Elk grazing in Mammoth - a very common sight (there are usually buffalo grazing, too)
After passing Mammoth, the road winds downhill toward Gardiner. The drive is incredibly scenic, and these pictures don't do it justice!
Just outside Mammoth, heading towards Gardiner
Leaving WY for MT a mile or two outside Mammoth
About halfway to Gardiner, the road crossed the 45th parallel
Gardiner can be seen in the distance