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Our Trip to Yellowstone National Park

We went to Yellowstone in 1990 after we went to Waterton National Park. In our way there we stopped at St-Mary's Montana, right by Glacier National Park, which is closed in winter. Later on we went to the town of Bozeman and eventually to the park. The roads were extremely icy and slippery we had a small car, that made things worst.There is plenty of things to do and see in winter in Yellowstone. There's the hot springs, waterfalls, the petrified rocks, animals everywhere, cross country skiing even downhill skiing nearby.
We went to a town called Cooke City near the Wyoming border east of Yellowstone. Itís a true wild west town with the closest law enforcement apparently, in Lewistown some 2 1/2 hours away. There was only one access road to the town in winter, the U.S.212. We could only come from the west the eastern road being closed. The population is fourfold in the summer compared to the winter. A few hundred people call it home in the summer. We rented snowmobiles in the gaz station, they also provided warm clothing including snowsuits. The sleds were practically the only mean of transportation in town. Gilbert did all the piloting. He was an expert rider having learned to ride in Quebec. There was a lot of powder and sometimes the sled got stuck but Bebert did not have much problem getting the machine unstuck. One time there was even an animal on the trade and we followed it for awhile. We crossed into the Shoshone National Forest the first national forest in the United States. 2.5 million acres (10,000 km≤) in the state of Wyoming Overall it was a fabulous sunny day and the conditions were perfect. It was also not too cold, the town is at an elevation of 7570 feet. The town has a few gold and silver mines not far.
See also part one

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Jumping in front of North Gate, Yellowstone
Jumping in front of North Gate, Yellowstone

 Spectacular hot pool terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs
Spectacular hot pool terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs with the mountains behind
Mammoth Hot Springs with the mountains behind

 Tree in front of hot springs in Yellowstone
Tree in front of hot springs in Yellowstone

Frozen Hot Springs
Frozen Hot Springs

Sign of the 45th parallel
Sign of the 45th parallel

 River in the Yellowstone Nationa Park
River in the Yellowstone Nationa Park

 Road in Yelowstone
Road in Yelowstone

Elk in Yellowstone
Elk in Yellowstone

 Gilbert Didier in Yellowstone National Park on a rented snowmobile
Gilbert Didier in Yellowstone National Park on a rented snowmobile

Restaurant in Cooke City Montana
Restaurant in Cooke City Montana

Myself on a snowmobile in Cooke City gas station
Myself on a snowmobile in Cooke City gas station

See also part one

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 Hot springs path in Yellowstone
Hot springs path in Yellowstone

 Steaming hot springs in Yellowstone
Steaming hot springs in Yellowstone

 Warming up my hands in the steam of the hot springs
Warming up my hands in the steam of the hot springs

Hot spring terraces
Hot spring terraces

Some rivers in Yellowstone have hot springs
Some rivers in Yellowstone have hot springs

Animal in Yellowstone
Animal in Yellowstone

 Animal herd in Yellowstone first national park in the U.S.
Animal herd in Yellowstone first national park in the U.S.

Church I am not sure the name
Church I am not sure the name

Mountains in Yellowstone
Mountains in Yellowstone

Gilbert by Shoshone Natinal Forest in Wyoming Gilbert by Shoshone Natinal Forest in Wyoming
Gilbert by Shoshone Natinal Forest in Wyoming

Gilbert on his snowmobile near Cooke City, Montana
Gilbert on his snowmobile near Cooke City, Montana


Gilbert hot dogging on his snowmobile