After the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, the guys continued on into Yellowstone National Park, which was walking distance from our hotel in West Yellowstone. Our hike into Yellowstone would have us going down the Riverwalk Trail and alongside the Madison River. It was a beautiful sunny day, and you could sense that it was the transitional time between Winter and Spring with the amount of snow left on the ground along and on the trails.
Walking sticks in hand, our motley crew was ready to handle any terrain this trail would throw our way….which involved a lot of snow and slush.
The majority of the trail we covered seemed like the forest version of the New Jersey Turnpike…strait with little to no curving and trees lining the sides all the way down. Not to say that it was a bad thing, as it was easy to tell where to go, and which way to head back afterwards.
Once we go past the first stretch of the Riverwalk Trail, we came to the portion that would involve a loop near the Madison River. This is where things opened up a bit and you could really enjoy the scenery! Especially with the mountains in the background.
As we followed the loop, it would begin our descent down towards the river.
As you approach the river, things start to open up even more, and you can really get some fantastic views along the way!
Thus we would arrive to the Madison River, and take some time to just enjoy the views.
Of course, being a bunch of dudes, we did what any other guys would do…try to throw rocks to the other side of the river, and attempting to make them skip the river…..the success level was pretty low to be honest as it was a pretty wide distance between the banks of the river, and skipping would prove difficult as the river's current was pretty strong. That did not, however, keep us from trying!
After our shoulders had more or less been thrown out attempting to make throws like Roberto Clemente, we just took even more time to enjoy the scenery. It’s no wonder people like Theodore Roosevelt wanted to ensure places like this were protected from development, and I hope that will continue to be the trend so that future generations are able to enjoy it.
With that, we wrap up the Montana Weekend of 2015. I would like to thank my brother Kellen for inviting me to join this awesome trip. I also enjoyed getting to catch up with Jason and Andrew again, as well as meeting Phil and Paul for the first time! Congratulations to Kellen and Andrew on your upcoming weddings. I hope you and your future spouses enjoy many years of happiness together.
Thank you for your time to check out my reports from the weekend in Montana. I hope you enjoyed them and that you'll come back to Coasting with Culture for more in the future!
Take Care and Safe Travels!