Trip Date: July 12 2017
Left for Glacier National Park for my big summer vacation. The first few days would be spent with family in a cabin and then after they left I did a quick overnight in the middle of the park. This post is about Day 1 of the 1000 mile drive from Boulder Colorado to GNP in northeastern Montana. My basic route up and down is outlined below. The only major difference was that I went through Yellowstone on the way back.
From Laramie I decided to take the scenic detour through the Snowy Range in southern Wyoming. On the way I stopped in Centennial (pictured below) to send a post card to K.
I cut up to Rawlins and took 287 to Grand Tetons/Yellowstone. From here the route was familiar--I passed through the same country as my earlier trip in March to the Grand Tetons. I had promised myself I would make fewer stops for pictures this time since the trip was twice as long but I couldn't resist.
I reached Togwotee Pass near Grand Teton National Park around 830 pm.
I worked my way to down to Jackson and then over into Idaho. It was getting late and I saw a tantalizing sign for a state park which hopefully had a campground. After driving a while down a gravel road and fox jumped out from tall grass on the edge of the road. I kept driving for a while thinking he would jump back into the grass but he just kept running along the road. I could tell he was terrified so I stopped for a few minutes to let him get ahead. When I got closer I realized he was still running up the road. He continued to pace me for a while and at some point he shot off on a side road. I turned a corner thinking he was gone and then he appeared again (turns out it was only a short maintenance road or something). He stayed ahead of me for 3-4 miles. I began to worry I was going to run the poor guy to literally to death so I tried speeding up like crazy to get past him. I was counting on him getting scared and jumping back into the grass but I couldn't be sure he wouldn't jump directly in front of my car. Luckily he aimed for the grass and I didn't see him again that night. Upon reaching the "state park" I realized it was actually only a ~35 mile bike path and I was only driving to an access point. I parked in the gravel parking lot and pitched my tent behind some tall grass.