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Day 43 Butte, MT to West Yellowstone, MT

The GPS took us a different route via US287 than the one I had planned with Microsoft Streets & Trips. I am glad it did as there was more 2 lane and less Interstate.

The scenery was really spectacular with the Rocky Mountains to the east. At times we were beside the Madison River visited by Lewis & Clark.

Nearing Yellowstone we passed Earthquake Lake created in 1959 by a 7.3 earthquake that caused a huge landslide damming up the Madison River. Five miles of US 287 were destroyed. The lake is surrounded by dead trees that were drowned. The photo shows the lake and slide area.

The museum in the old railway station has a feature film on this disaster plus another on the 1988 forest fire that razed 45% of the park. The road climbed 2,900 ft from Ennis without us even noticing it. The elevation here is 6,912 ft according to the GPS. We are in the finest RV Park we have seen yet on this trip. It is Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park. The landscaping, sites, and staff are first class.

Tomorrow the View stays here while we take a bus tour of the national park.

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