Sept 10, 2021
We left home around 10:30 am and headed north. We drove straight through to Island Park, Idaho, only stopping in Idaho Falls to gas up. We found our first night’s campsite on a hill above the Henry’s Fork river, right where it exited the Island Park lake. It was a nice private spot for the night.
Sept 11, 2021
Today was a waterfalls day. Our first stop was at the Ousel Falls just west of Big Sky, Montana. This was a short 1.6 mile hike through a beautiful canyon. It was an nice smooth trail and it took us about an hour for the hike and viewing the waterfall. There were a lot of people on the trail, but we got lucky and only a few people were at the falls.
After lunch we continued north to Palisades Falls, about 20 miles south of Bozeman. This was another short 1.5 mile hike. This waterfall was quite a bit taller, but we liked the Ousel Falls better. Both of the waterfalls were worth the trip.
We finished the hike to Palisades Fall around 4 pm. We had planned to camp somewhere in Bozeman so we could get cell reception and watch the BYU vs. Utah football game. Before coming down from the mountains we found a secluded parking area and took showers in our shower tent. There was a big construction truck in the parking area so we used it to block the breeze and tied the shower tent to truck.
We really don’t like camping in the cities, but sometimes it is required. This time we found a secluded street behind the Lowes store in Bozeman. There were about 6-7 other campers and trailers parked along the street. It looked like some of the campers had been there for a while. We took the spot at the end of the road and it ended up being a good campsite. It was pretty quiet and dark, but a few vehicles did drive through during the night.
After parking, we walked to a pizza place for dinner and got back to the van in time to watch BYU beat Utah for the first time in 12 years. That made Eva happy.