Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wyoming to Montana

We want to be in Libby, Montana by next Monday so we have been steadily working our way north, moving every couple of days. 

Due to high winds we stayed in Casper, Wyoming an extra day.  By Wednesday, we really needed to hit the road again. 

We like to go with the 2-2-2 rule (drive no more than 200 miles, be off the road by 2:00 o’clock, and stay at least 2 nights).  With losing a day in Casper, we decided to drive through our next planned stop and go all the way to Billings, Montana.  Some days you have to be flexible.

Our drive through northern Wyoming was interesting.  It is beautiful country with wide open spaces.  We drove a couple of hours through snow and sleet.  And, of course, a head wind.
 Snowy fields
IH-90.  Not a lot of traffic!
IH-90 through the windshield
Even though the roads were clear we did pass a snowplow, just plowing away.  This is the first snowplow I have ever seen plowing the road.  It didn’t look like there was anything to plow but he was kicking up quite a bit of snow on the shoulder. 
Snowplow through the windshield
Once we hit Big Sky Country (Montana) there was a noticeable decrease of snow on the ground.
Mile marker 0
We’re staying at a really nice RV Park (Yellowstone River RV Park).  At $43 a night, it’s a little pricey but we are not surprised at the price.
Our site
There is a nice hiking trail that goes down to the Yellowstone River.  We have seen many Cedar Waxwings, Black-capped Chickadee, Mallard, Canada Goose, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Common Merganser, Caspian Tern, Belted Kingfisher (heard). 

Yellowstone River
Cedar Waxwings


  1. Just curious... will you get Bohemian Waxwings there? I'm not sure I've ever seen one. (hey, the snow I can do without... safe travels)

    1. We've been looking!! Based on range maps it seems that they spend the winter here, but then migrate north to breed.

      Sibley's book shows the Bohemian Waxwings "year round" as far south as the US/Canada border over Idaho, so we're hoping to catch up with them soon!

      So for now we are staring at a whole lot of undertail coverts...

  2. I love the snow pictures, however, I'm glad it's y'all and not us.

  3. With the 'study' you are doing, you ought to get a whole lot of "The End" pictures. ;)

  4. Great post! We feel like we're driving along with you! --Sharon