The rain and clouds began to move out this morning so we were able to put on our hiking shoes and enjoy the beauty of the Yellowstone River.
Although it was still a little chilly this morning we put on our toboggans and hit the trails.
We started out on a trail in Riverfront Park around the beautiful Lake Josephine. Within a few minutes of being on the path we had to make a decision to turn left or right.
And now looking back, I am so happy that we made the choice to take the path to the right. Unknowing to us at the time, it lead us right along the Yellowstone River.
As we were hiking along, enjoying the views of the flowing water, we noticed a metal bridge ahead.
Because we had no plans of a completing a specific hike, we decided to see where this bridge would lead us.
Norm’s Island Park
At the entrance of the bridge there was a sign welcoming visitors to Norm’s Island Park.
We followed a Billings Parks and Recreation Vehicle over this narrow bridge to continue our hike.
We decided to take the outer Island Loop so that we could continue to enjoy the scenes around the Yellowstone River.
The path took us through both wooded areas and clearings with gorgeous views of the river.
The path was dog friendly and we had the pleasure of being greeted by a few furry friends along the way.
But what we noticed the most was how much the trees had begun to change colors. The foliage had changed from bright green to yellow and even red in some areas.
We both love Autumn, and this was a fantastic opportunity to take in the colors as we strolled along the Yellowstone River.
After we finished our hike we headed back to our camper which we didn’t realize, was also parked along the Yellowstone River.
Yellowstone River Bank
In the late afternoon the clouds diminished and the skies began to clear. So we decided that we would check out the river behind the small wooded area where we were camped.
And we are both so glad that we did! What we didn’t know was that we were parked at an area that gave us a magnificent view of the river and rock formations.
We walked along the banks of the river and were in awe at how crystal clear the water looked. You could see right through the water to the beautiful rocks below.
The river rocks were large, round, and colorful. It truly was a beautiful sight.
So much, in fact, that we decided to bring our chairs back to the banks of the river to enjoy a campfire later that evening.
But what we both enjoyed the most was the peace and serenity of the area. The air was crisp and clean and the sound of the water slowly hitting the banks was one that you dream about.
We are so thankful that the weather had cleared up enough to give us the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Yellowstone River.
Sharing Our Story via KULR8 News
But earlier this morning we had another fantastic opportunity. We were invited to share our story on KULR8 News, the NBC affiliate in Billings, MT.
As we rolled up to the station with our T@B 400 camper we were greeted by Dominic. And within minutes he had set up his camera and began the interview process.
We were asked about why we wanted to take what we call “Our one year dream journey across America.”
And our answer is simple. We want to live for experiences, not possessions.
Then he asked us about what the best part of the trip has been so far. Both of us laughed, and at the same time we both said the people that we meet along the way.
At each stop we have met amazing people that we would not have met if we didn’t take this trip. From new friends that we met at our Harvest Host locations, to the people that we get to talk to at local coffee shops or restaurants, we have enjoyed each and everyone of them.
We continued our conversation, and he filmed both the outside and inside of the camper. Just like so many others that take the tour inside our 18 foot teardrop trailer, Dominic was shocked at how much room and amenities that it held.
And by the time that the interview ended, we were pretty sure that he was ready to head out on the road with us!
Happy Traveling! Jim and Mary
CURRENT TRIP STATS
- Day 24 of 365
- States Visited 4 / 50
- National Parks / Monuments Visited : 4
- Stayed In : Billings, Montana
- Miles Driven : 27
- Total Trip Miles To Date : 3360
- Total Gallons Used : 248.9
- Biking Miles : 5
- Biking Miles To Date : 76.3
- Hiking Miles : 9.2
- Hiking Miles To Date : 60.65
On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States