Sunday, August 16, 2009

Goodbye Yellowstone!

This morning, Colin and I finished packing up the cars and I said my final goodbyes to my friends at the dorm before starting our long road trip back to Florida. We stopped in Gardiner on the way to get some breakfast at Town Cafe and take some pictures. 

Gardiner, MT

Me in front of the Roosevelt Arch

Heading out of Gardiner

We drove to Livingston and picked up 90 East towards Billings. At Crow Agency, we took route 212 East. Just after turning on to 212, we stopped at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Thanks, Obama, for making this a fee free weekend in the parks! We spent a couple of hours there at the museum and battlefield site learning about one of the defining moments of American history. We walked up to Last Stand Hill, where Custer along with dozens of others were killed. The places where people died are marked with white stone markers. Custer's marker is black. 

Custer's Black Marker

Last Stand Hill

We also took the interpretive drive and followed the exhibit panels on the way back that explained the chronology of events of the battle and pointed out important places. I am glad I got to see this place that I have read so much about. 

From Little Bighorn, we continued East on 212, along the hilly one lane country road. After about 200 miles, we entered Wyoming and then soon after reached South Dakota. At Belle Fourche, SD, we took 85 South to Spearfish, where we called it a night. Tomorrow we hope to make it to Omaha, NE. 


  1. I'm embarrassed to say that, at my advanced age (and as a history major to boot), I had always believed Little Bighorn to be in South Dakota.

    It must have been an emotional experience walking among the stone markers. I was finding it so just looking at the photos. The black for Custer seems appropriate.

  2. Molly, My name is Amanda, and I'm very inspired to read about your trip.

    Two years ago, me, my husband and 8-10 of his extended family began hiking, starting with what else than hiking the Grand Canyon North Rim to South Rim. This year we headed to Portland and did stints on St. Helen's, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. This year is Yellowstone, and I'm in charge of the planning. We usually fly in on Friday, Hike Saturday- Monday or Tuesday and fly back on Tuesday or Wednesday. I feel like hearing your opinion on where to go, what to see and where to stay might make our short trip the most it can be. Would you be so kind and willing to email a stranger and advise us based on what you saw and did?

    Thank you, kindly,
    Amanda Keeter

  3. I am so sad your adventure is done here. I have thoroughly enjoyed your lovely hike photos. You really have a gift for taking beautiful photos for those of us who aren't able to go on the hikes that you did. I have bookmarked your blog and I know I'll visit it over and over again.

    We visited Yellowstone for the first time last October and unfortunately had to drive through in just a day. I know we'll be back.

    Thank you so much for sharing your Yellowstone adventure with us!