The day after our big Granite Ghost Town adventure we woke up in Bozeman, Montana. We poked around drinking iced coffee and browsing overpriced used books before moving on the Livingston, Montana. The problem with visiting both of these cute little towns on a Sunday is that nothing is open. Well, almost nothing. We did find the cutest little deli and pickle shop in Livingston that had the most amazing sandwiches.
The next stop was our cabin in Gardiner, Montana, located just a few minutes from Yellowstone's north entrance. The drive was beautiful, the cabin was beautiful, the views were beautiful. After so much research I thought I had a firm grasp of what to expect, but it was at this point that everything started exceeding my expectations. The cabin even had a view of Yellowstone's Electric Peak and the Yellowstone River.
The plan was to start our tour of Yellowstone the next morning, but we decided that we just couldn't wait any longer. We drove into the park to see what we could find, and we weren't disappointed. We entered through the Roosevelt Arch as the sun set, then wound along the Yellowstone River, spotting Bighorn Sheep and Pronghorns by the road. We ended up at the Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District, where elk were grazing next to the old Post Office. And Mammoth Hot Springs? It was amazing.