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Where We’ve Been: Eastern Sierra

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Forever West

We pull away from Missoula at -7°.
The long way, Hwy 278,  stretches across the beautiful Big Hole Valley. The cold has turned Wisdom and Jackson into ghost towns. We see three moose and a herd of antelope.  Otherwise it’s just us and the cows.
Three nights in Dillon with my aunt and uncle.  Yellow fields, blue mountains, endless sky.  A night in Bozeman with our friend Layla. The temp is up to 27°.
The highway takes us through Fromberg, MT.  A few buildings, a glimpse of a postman and a police car, and we’re back up to 60mph.  Scattered antelope, cottonwoods crowding the frozen creek beds, snow-shrouded hay bales.  So many bales, sitting, waiting to be reintegrated.
Just past the Wyoming border, a four-point buck grazes on the side of the guard rail.  We stop in Thermopolis, home of the world’s largest hot mineral springs.  We soak at the bath house and drive through the bison viewing area.  We see only their tracks amidst the red rocks emerging from the snow, and a rabbit.
We arrive in Lander just after dark.