We chose the Flying Pig outfit to host our trip. They were one of several in Gardiner Montana, and we liked their trip description the best. We got up early and headed into Gardiner and soon found the outfitters and got changed into T-shirts and swim trunks for the journey. We went through a simple instruction bit and then we all climbed down the steep set of stairs in the riverbank down to our rafts.
We were on our way!
Looking down on the Yellowstone River from Gardiner. We were pretty high above the banks and had to climb way down there to get to the rafts.
I snapped this one to show one of the other rafts and the typical scenery all along the 18-mile trip.
Looking ahead toward the mountains. The river was getting slowly pinched in by the canyon.
This is LaDuke Springs, a hot spring that flows down into the Yellowstone River. The water here was really hot! Scalding!
I took this composite shot at the point where we stopped to eat lunch.
We came across this huge raft of ducks just as we were preparing to disembark for lunch.
The place where we climbed up the bank to eat. We had buffet style lunch--sandwiches, drinks, salad, and beans, cookies, etc. It was very filling!
I looked back to take a photo of the other raft coming down a series of rapids we'd just gone through.
This was the most fun I had. Toward the end of the trip I hopped out and rode some mild rapids just floating along in my life vest. I was smiling, but riding the river that way was very tiring!
Soon after this we came to the take out point and went ashore. The bus from the Flying Pig was there to pick us up and take us back into Gardner. We had a great time! Carole always books this kind of side-trip for us on our vacations, and we always have a blast!