6:00 am - Tuesday - August 15th - 46º F, humidity 83%, wind 2 mph out of the east.....cloudy. Forecast high for Gardiner, MT today is 73º F, and 62º F for Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.....that is an 11º difference!
It began to rain around 3 am Monday morning and was still raining when we awoke......"No hiking today" I heard myself telling TLE. I alluded to 'The AP' yesterday (alternate plan), and we decided our 'AP' would be a drive north into Livingston, MT for the day....the nearest large city to Gardiner. It is about 53 miles to Livingston so we left home a little after 10 am to make the drive. First up on our agenda was to put fuel in the VW, so we stopped off at the local Sinclair for gasoline at $2.85/gallon....we use Premium in the VW per the owner's manual specs......as I pumped the gasoline I took a picture looking toward Mammoth Hot Springs.....very foreboding......I'm glad we went with 'The AP'........
.....we were the first customers of the day so we sat at the bar.......it was a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon!
I wanted to get a haircut, but of the three places we stopped at only one was open, and they only did haircuts by appointment......unfortunately, there are no chain haircut places in Livingston, MT. Our last stop in Livingston was Town and Country Market (an employee owned supermarket) where we were pleasantly surprised by their great prices on everything.
We were on our way back south on US-89 by 3 pm with one more stop on our agenda.....Chico Hot Springs! Why not have a nice hot soak before heading for home (the senior discounted price is $3.50/person!)? We arrived shortly before 4 pm to find our Mammoth Hot Springs General Store friends Roscoe and Geni there, too, so we joined them in the hot pool for about an hour, then retreated inside to the bar for another beer before heading back to Gardiner.
We drove through a torrential downpour for about half the distance home arriving back at YRVP by 6:15 pm pleasantly tired and ready for a nice nap! It appears the weather guessers have given us a reprieve for Tuesday on the rain front, so we will return to regularly schedule programming......hiking......on Tuesday!
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