Our home base for exploring Yellowstone last week was Yellowstone Holiday RV Resort on Lake Hebgen, just about 13 miles NW of West Yellowstone, MT. It’s a beautiful lake, and I can’t believe it’s not more crowded!
In the afternoons, we could watch kids fishing from the docks, and the osprey fishing from the sky!
On the day we arrived, we were watching some kids fishing, and an osprey dove into the water right next to us, head-first, and came up with a fish! It was amazing to see, and I did not have my camera with me! The rest of the week, I kept trying to catch one diving like that, and I never did!
After 3 days of heavy duty tourist activity in Yellowstone, we decided to take Sunday off. After mass in West Yellowstone, we drove the scenic route back through Idaho on US-20, over Reynolds Pass to ID-87, and back to US-287.
It was a beautiful day for a drive through the Idaho/Montana countryside.
As we turned north on ID-87, we were following the Madison River. Nicolas thought this looked like a good river for rafting!
Hebgen Lake was formed by a man-made dam on the Madison River, but there’s another lake just downriver of us that was formed by tragedy -- they call it Earthquake Lake.
In August, 1959, there was a massive earthquake in this area, and it caused a mountain to collapse and slide down through a campground to the river.
We approached the lake from the south, and the landslide area is still clearly visible.
We stopped at the Overlook, admiring the view of the Madison River as it continues flowing beyond the collapsed mountain.
In the other direction is Quake Lake.
It looks so peaceful; it’s hard to believe it was the scene of such sadness. The trees killed by the overflowing river are still standing.
We continued following the Madison River back towards Hebgen Lake.
We passed the Hebgen Dam, and the Lake appeared before us.
We saw these sailboats, and a few fishermen, but other than that the lake was pretty much empty . . . this isn’t what a lake in Michigan looks like on a Sunday afternoon in July!!
A few minutes later, we could see the RV Park in the distance.
Back at the camper, we had some lunch, visited with the neighbors, and rested up for our last day of touring Yellowstone!