Livingston. Montana is at the tip of Paradise Valley, the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The area is also home to many excellent writers, some of whom we got to interview.
The RV park that we had picked out to stay in - mainly based on price - was three steps below Dogpatch. We were able to find a very nice one nestled in an area of small 'ranchettes' with lots of willow and cottonwood trees. Ella and I walked various roads through the area, accidentally spooking deer and jackrabbits who were hidden in roadside bushes. We also made friends with some of the horses we saw and occasionally took carrots to.
Although most of our pictures were taken on walks around our 'neighborhood,' we also took trips to Ringling, Pine Creek, Emmigrant, McLeod, Yellowstone, and more. The local Pine Creek fire kept us from most of the small towns and the hot springs in Paradise Valley.
All too soon it was time to head further west. We wouldn't miss the fires, winds or impending snow. But we would miss the beautiful country, the interesting people, the long walks. We did manage to get a couple of interviews while we were there, but there are so many writers in the area it would be a good place to go back to.
We headed for Lolo Hot Springs near Missoula and spent a couple of days off the grid. The mineral soak was funky but fabulous.
And the next thing you know, we are in Idaho.