Paradise Valley

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Trail Creek Road rises gently over a corner of the Gallatin Range, offering a scenic route from Bozeman to the Paradise Valley, and towards the north entrance to Yellowstone NP at Gardiner, MT. This route also avoids additional miles on the interstate into Livingston. Paradise Valley is a long slender valley bounded by the Gallatin and the Absaroka Range, and contains the broad waters of the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone, largely due to the romantic associations of its name to most Americans, is the longest stretch of undammed water in the country. The Paradise Valley hosted a whispy, grey rainstorm, surrounded by sunny skies, backdropped by the Absaroka and Mt. Cowan (11,200 ft). Recently topped with snow, signs of autumn abound.

Someone(?) looks like she’s having a good time.

We stayed with some friends on the river, at their more-than-typical Montanan ranch constructed of recycled barn wood, found objects, and regional oddities. Yellowstone today; hopefully hot springs.

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