Today is our last day in Yellowstone National Park. We decided we would hike some of the trails around our campsite at the Madison Campground. It was an overcast windy day, with temperatures in the mid-60’s. We had a nice picnic lunch at our campsite before embarking on our hike.
There is a narrow, shallow, fast-flowing river within a short walk from the campground that we decided we would hike. We were not disappointed. It is located within a lush green valley surrounded by forested mountains on all sides for as far as the eye can see. The river has several rapids running throughout its journey through this valley. The rapids provide visual evidence of the turbulent forces at work underneath the surface of the water. The water is crystal clear, with patches of underwater green plants and a riverbed filled with perfectly polished stones from the force of the water running over them.
This area is a haven for fly fishermen. There were three fishermen with their wader outfits on, waist deep in the river, fly fishing for trout. The deft movement of their arms as they repositioned their fly lines was poetry in motion. It reminded us of scenes from the movie "A River Runs Through It," starring the actor Brad Pitt.
Another great ending to a perfect day of hiking in Yellowstone National Park.