A half mile downstream the third of the three forks, the Gallatin River,
joins in by two mouths around a muddy delta. The three rivers were named by
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on July 28, 1805
Jay and Gina's Journal
We could see our first snow covered (touched is a better vision) mountains west of Billings as we left this morning. The mountains become more visible as we climb out of the plains. There are more snow covered mountain as we reach Livingston and loose the Yellowstone River into the south. At Bozeman Pass we’re at 5725 feet altitude, and we get a glance at a few more buffalo. This small herd was darker in color, making me think that I was looking at big rocks.
Our stop at the Missouri River Headwaters State Park introduces us to the Three Forks of the Missouri. It’s hard to appreciate that these three rivers constitute the headwaters. I expected to see water coming out of the ground - like a spring. And I don’ t fully appreciate how someone could make the declaration. However, the Madison and Jefferson join at a point, and the Gallatin flows in just a bit further down stream, becoming the Missouri. We climbed Ft. Rock just above the Gallatin as it swirled around an island and split before giving itself up to the other two rivers’ endeavors. From the top of the gentle climb, we could see where the Madison and Jefferson joined. We had lunch beside the river, watching the coal trains going by. We bused over to where the two confluences take place to get a closer look. Identified choke berries, buffalo berries, a young robin, and magpies. The best view is on Google Maps at Missouri River Headwaters State Park location.
We traveled 271 miles by bus, total of 2,163 miles for the trip.
2.29 miles walking for a total of 25.52