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Day 34: Event in West Yellowstone MT
The day dawned cool, cloudy, and wind free, different from the day before when I toured Yellowstone by myself. Sal and I drove the lower part of the Grand Loop Road on our way to West Yellowstone, MT. It was the only way to get from Cody to West Yellowstone without going around the park, a six-hour drive at best. Besides, any opportunity to visit Yellowstone is a good one.
We were short on time, so we only visited one geyser/hot spring area. As I mentioned yesterday, Sal was just here a few years ago. She, her daughter, and her granddaughter Zeda had spent 5 days in the park, so she was revisiting areas she’d recently been to. That didn’t distract from her enjoyment of seeing the park again.
We crossed into Montana about 1:45pm, our 10th state so far. Shortly afterward, we arrived at West Yellowstone.
Our event in West Yellowstone was great fun. 10 guests joined us, a mix of adults and young people. This was an enthusiastic group that enjoyed the program and interacted with us and each other throughout the event. The adorned books (video) were quite creative and gave us more beautiful art to work with. As with other events, the part our guests enjoyed the most was the cheesecloth toss at the end of the event (video). Sal volunteered to be the covered person this time. She did a fine job of bursting free at the end, accompanied by clapping and laughter.
Many thanks to our host Steve and our enthusiastic and engaged guests. Sharing stories, laughing together, and understanding our message of support for libraries and the services they provide to their communities are the fuel we need to keep us going on this project.
West Yellowstone is a popular tourist spot and we enjoyed our brief tour. We crossed into Idaho about 15 minutes after leaving West Yellowstone, our 11th and next-to-last state. Having only seen the dry southern part of Idaho, I really enjoyed the lush green alpine countryside as a contrast.
Overnight in Idaho Falls. Headed to Mountain Home, ID later today.