Yesterday we traveled from Canmore, Alberta to Great Falls, Montana. Other than a 45 minute wait at the border (only 9 cars in front of us), the trip was uneventful and picturesque. This is a route on which we have never ventured. High plains land. Shortly after crossing the border we passed the Sweet Grass Hills, sacred lands for the Blackfoot people.
Today we left Great Falls and stopped in Helena to shop at Costco. Food supplies can be limited and expensive near Yellowstone, so we stocked up on meat, wine, and some vegetables. Along the way we followed the Missouri, Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers. All were filled with drift boaters and waders going after late season trout. The towns are filled with fly shops and fishermen looking for a hot bait. Our day’s travel ended with a drive down the Gallatin River valley on the west edge of Yellowstone. This is another first for us and it was quite beautiful.
As of today we have traveled about 1400 miles, mostly in the Rocky Mountains and high country, including several National Parks and preserves in Canada. The unusual fact we must report is that we have seen no animals. In all our past autumn trips elk, bear, deer, wolves, fox, etc. have been frequent sightings. What is happening?
Dinner in our condo was chicken filets accompanied by my signature pasta with anchovy, caper, and sundried tomato sauce. Tomorrow we venture into the heart of Yellowstone and hope to see some of the elusive wildlife.
I strongly suspect that the animals are pissed at the tourists. The bears are tired of being blamed for munching on the hands and arms of people who want to pet them, so they just left. They read French newspapers and they voted to go on strike. Then of course, by solidarity, there went the elks, and the moose, and the deer, and smaller critters too. Trouts may still be jumping but that is only because news do not travel as fast under water.
Anyway, you seem to enjoy it all and that is what really matters. I cannot wait to see your and Jean’s paintings from this trip. JP