Some areas had fresh snow, while others were green as could be with new leaves coming out on the trees.
We put on another 138 miles (221 kms) and ended up in the town of West Yellowstone, Montana.
Yesterday's drive, 138 miles (221 kms).
We slept fine at Jackson Hole airport, and left right away as we had promised. Went into the town of Jackson and used some free internet, and then drove over to the Napa store to pick up the wiper blades I had ordered.
The fittings weren't exactly the same, and I had to mess with them a bit to get them to work, but they'll be fine. I got to try them out on several occasions yesterday, and they work great!
Leaving Jackson airport it was cold and cloudy, but no snow.
Things cleared up for a bit heading back into the mountain pass.
They had a fresh dusting of snow overnight through the pass.
Yes, very steep. Sherman had to work hard to get up here!
Sherman was in first gear heading down here.
First time in Idaho for all of us!
I had planned on a boondocking spot about 20 miles outside of Yellowstone Park on BLM land, but when we got there the fresh snow had made the dirt road pretty muddy and difficult to follow and I just didn't think it was worth the risk of getting stuck. So we carried on into the town of West Yellowstone, which is actually in Montana right at the border of Wyoming.
Again, a very touristy town but very quiet at this time of year. And again, difficult to find somewhere to park overnight without getting ourselves in trouble. We went for a walk, and eventually flagged down the sheriff and asked him where we could overnight without getting in trouble. He said there was a truckers pullout on the highway just outside of town where we'd be fine, but we know they can be noisy. Last resort if we needed it, but its certainly not ideal.
When we drove by the truckers pullout, we saw this interesting homemade rig parked there.
So I asked about the airport. At first, he said no, but then he said that it's closed to commercial traffic just now and there probably wouldn't be anybody there. He said that we'd probably be fine unless someone complained at which point they'd simply ask us to move.
So we decided to take the chance.
We got there, and sure enough the place was vacant. We found a spot, and we even had an unsecured wifi signal coming from the tiny terminal. Too funny!
During the evening, two or three vehicles drove in to look around and drove off. We think they might have been looking for wildlife. Then, a police car drove in, and he looked around, and then drove off.
Then, just around sundown a herd of bison arrived in the field. It was too dark for a photo by that time. Oh, when we arrived here at the airport, there was no snow on the ground. None at all.
Not the same sight when we woke up this morning!
As we're on the internet this morning the bison decided to come closer to the motorhome. It's hilarious. We've camped in a lot of interesting places over the years, but we've never camped out with the buffalo!
Taken out our side window just a few minutes ago!
Not sure what's in store for us today. The plan was to go into Yellowstone and visit Old Faithful and a few other interesting things. But it's snowing even harder now, so I guess we'll play it by ear.
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