Day 22: Yellowstone National Park, WY - Virginia City, Montana -
Some last glimpses of Yellowstone National Park.
Saw these two wandering along the bank looking for a place to cross.
Off they go... little one gets swept downstream.
Little one drowns... Okay, kidding.
Right outside the west entrance of Yellowstone is the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, which we stopped to explore for a bit.
We then passed through Ennis, Montana, hoping to be able to stop at the Winston Rod Company. Unfortunately, they had closed a half hour before we got there, but normally, you can watch them make custom fly fishing rods! Since that was closed, we headed down the street and stopped at Willie's Distillery instead and drank some good ole Montana Moonshine.
Virginia City, Montana is an old mining town and current ghost town.
I'm always fascinated by railroad cars that are just left to sit forever on the land.
Next up, we passed through Butte, Montana, where we checked out the Berkeley Pit. If you have not heard about the Berkeley Pit, you should google it. It's basically a former open pit copper mine, one mile by half-mile, and about 1800 feet deep that is slowly filling up with toxic water and poses a serious threat to the community.
After driving a little further, we decided to call it a day and find a place to camp. We settled on Georgetown Lake, a serene lake just off Highway 1 west of Butte. The campground was very empty, probably because we were traveling into a colder climate and it got quite chilly at night.
This last picture was actually shot at night, but was a long enough exposure that it appears to be day or dusk.