Spruce forest in Snow, Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana

Spruce forest in Snow, Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana

Hey Folks,

Yellowstone at last. It took us a while, and some expert driving (from yours truly, no less!), but I finally managed to land my parents in Yellowstone.Yellowstone National Park is the oldest national park in the US, and my parents are quite possibly the oldest parents in the US; my dad is 387 and mum turns 373 in a few days. They do pretty well for their age, but they’re definitely slowing down a little. I find after hiking 18 or 19 miles one or the other of them start to lag, and they both begin to show clear signs of fatigue on the return. 🙂

I’m kidding – they’re not really that old – not even in dog years. They’re kicking pretty well, and enjoying this trip through the Rockies. The weather has been sweet, cold clear nights (mostly) and reasonable days. The one snowy cold day we did have was spent most of it on the road, traveling south from Glacier. Today we drove from near Livingston over to Bozeman, where I had to drop a backpack off for some repairs – of course, not thinking about the days of the week until too late, mum mentioned it being Sunday. Sure enough Mystery Ranch packs weren’t open, so I have to return another day. We came back thru Livingston, and down thru Gardiner, in to Yellowstone via Mammoth. We drove around a little, mum saw her first wild bison, and we’re camped down at Madison Junction. This campground is OK, but a little tight, with to much room between sites – unfortunately most of the campsites are closed this time of year. I wish they kept a couple of primitive campgrounds open, but alas, such is not to be. We’re here with the masses at Madison.

I think tomorrow we’ll head down the Madison, look for some elk, run out to West Yellowstone, and up to Bozeman so I can get my pack dropped off and get that errand out of the way. Then we’ll spend a few days tooling around this park, then wander down to the Tetons for a couple of days, and then hit the road for Seattle. I say goodbye to my parents, and they head south to Eugene and I fly back to Anchorage to settle down for the winter – we’ll see how that goes.

Until then, well continue to hope for good weather, and enjoy spending time together in this incredible place called the Rockies.



PS – the photo was taken on Kings Hill Summit, in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana, on route to Yellowstone. Thanks.

6 thoughts on “Spruce forest in Snow, Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana

  1. Yoselyn

    Hello Carl
    How are going mate?

    I am Yoselyn From Chile.
    I write because I saw your website and saw the foto that you took today.
    It is very nice and also very extraordinary the age of the tree.
    Take care.


  2. Pete Zwiers

    Hey Carl,

    Man, you leave us hanging with your blog all summer and then inundate us all at once! Took me awhile to catch up with the reading. 🙂

    Glad you had a good weather summer this year, it’s been terrible here since mid-August and we’ve been tramping on snow in the alpine since Sept 20 or so. It seems like Alaska’s general summer weather is opposite of what we get here in the Central Interior of BC … a generally good summer here means a generally poor summer there, and vice versa.
    I’ve been mildly comparing the two since 2003, and this has pretty much been the case each year.

    Happy hiking!

    – Pete

  3. Carl Donohue

    Hey there Yoselyn,

    Great to hear from you. How’s life in Chile? Thanks for thenice words about the photo .. I love the forest, especially in snow.

    How ya going, mate?



    Thanks man we’re having a big ole time. Except today, in the Tetons, it’s all cloudy .. bummin’!


    Yeah, i did kinda flake on the notes during the summer .. I wasn’t around enough to write much. I’ll try to make up for it this winter, and get caught up with notes about the summer .. it really was a nice one.

    I hear ya about the weather .. I wonder why that is.

    By the way, I’m camped at Signal Mountain campground in the Tetons, and pickin up Wi-Fi from somewhere. how cool is that?

    Talk to ya soon,



  4. Ron Niebrugge

    Hey Carl,

    Bummer about the weather.

    Gee, I just missed you in Seward at the start of your trip, and I just missed you 3,000 miles later in the Tetons!

    I have noticed the same thing with the weather. I think it has to do with the jet stream. When it is going through Alaska, we get storm after storm while places south stay dry. It seems just the opposite when the jet stream is south.

    Have Fun!


  5. Carl Donohue

    Hey Ron

    Just left Yellowstone, and am headed down the road. My dad’s trying to rush me, but I gotta get this done first. 🙂

    We’ll catch up in AK, I guess.

    Thanks for the observations on the weather .. that pesky jet stream!



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