Day 8: Gardiner to Idaho Falls

Realising a childhood ambition in such dramatic fashion exceeds all expectations but at the same time raises the distinct possibility of the last two days of our whistle-stop trip disappearing into an anticlimactic slog back […]

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Day 7: Yellowstone Wolves Part 2

We re-enter Lamar Valley in state of semi-euphoria, pulling out the binoculars at every turnout in the full expectation of seeing more action. However, with the exception of the occasional hardy bison grazing on the […]

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Day 7: Yellowstone Wolves Part 1

Seven days into our trip and this is it: the focus of our entire journey. Mule deer and pronghorn are all well and good but today’s the day we’re going into Yellowstone to find wolves. […]

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Day 6: Livingston to Chico Hot Springs

The fact that we’ve spent the night in Livingston is down to our aborted snowmobile adventure; if we’d gone ahead as planned, we’d have woken up still in West Yellowstone. As it is, we’re just […]

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Day 5: West Yellowstone to Livingston

The thin smattering of fresh snow doesn’t look too promising, but the woman on reception says she’ll check with the boss. “How many snowmobiles will you need?” she asks. “Just the one, a dual-seat please.” […]

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Day 4: Tetons to West Yellowstone

From the moment I throw open the curtains, it’s clear that today’s going to be very different. There’s been snow overnight, the peaks are lost behind low clouds and it’s noticeably colder, so cold in […]

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Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

There’s a wonderful simplicity about the Grand Tetons. Drive into the park and there they are: the meanest-looking monuments to tectonic activity in the West, a jagged, saw-toothed range that rises to snow-capped summits straight […]

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Day 2: Salt Lake City, UT to Afton, WY

There are few things more exhilarating than waking up in a new city where the only demand on your time is to explore a little. Our hotel, the hundred-year old Peery (highly recommended) is right […]

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Day 1: UK to Utah (The Long Way)

Executive summary: Bad start, beery trousers, missed connections, hours in line/queues. Full version: Some years ago we resolved never to repeat the experience of a three-leg transatlantic flight and yet here we are again, facing […]

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Winter roadtrip to Yellowstone

If you’d asked the 10-year old me for the top three on my ‘things to do before I die’ list (OK, just ‘things to do’ – the notion of ever dying is so remote to […]

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