On Netflix: “Where The Yellowstone Goes”

I woke up early this morning to get in a good bike ride on the trainer, and I thought I’d search Netflix for a new movie rather than watching the old series I’ve been watching.

God blessed me today when I saw that “Where The Yellowstone Goes” is now on Netflix!  It was a no brainer to pull this one up and see it. I tried to get it here in Pocatello when it was out, but it didn’t happen. To be honest, I kind of forgot it was out there until this morning.  What awesome way to start my day!



My main point of this post is to let everyone know that it’s out on Netflix and YOU NEED TO WATCH IT. It is a great story, and anyone who has enjoyed an extended trip in the great outdoors will truly appreciate it.


Where The Yellowstone Goes



I don’t want to give a whole review of the movie, so here are just a few of my thoughts I remember thinking during the show:

1.  If people search for the home of their soul on earth, my soul’s home is certainly there in the northeast part of the park. Not so much on the Yellowstone, but further upstream on the Lamar River. Or probably somewhere in the Thorofare. I feel so “at home” in the Lamar Valley and the surrounding areas, that I just always want to be there. The day I was at the inlet of the Yellowstone River at Yellowstone Lake, I felt so at ease in life and that everything was right.

2. When I drive to my parents’ home in North Dakota, probably 30% of the trip is along the Yellowstone River, and once into North Dakota, we are not next to the Missouri River but it’s never out of mind because you can certainly feel its presence so many miles north of the interstate.  I love driving next to the Yellowstone River on that trip, and it makes the long drive so much more pleasant and easier. It was interesting to see them go into the towns that I drive by on the interstate. It says alot about the pace of our lives that they were in a boat and took time to meet the people….I stop and get gas, say hi to the counter person when I buy a coffee, and we are on our way….pretty sad really.

3. Lewis and Clark wasn’t mentioned as often as I thought they would be. I guess they are more famous for being on the Missouri, but “they” did spend time on the river. I grew up about 20 miles from Ft. Mandan, so I am a Lewis and Clark fan. My wife is from The Dalles, OR, where they stayed a night. I live in Idaho, south of the mountains that they had to cross.

4. One of the guys in the boat mentions how the landscape changes as they head downriver, and I think about that every time I drive to North Dakota from Idaho. And he’s right that at Billings, you are really into eastern Montana, and that’s where the plains begin. Such a drastic difference from the area in and around Yellowstone Park. And you’ll see how the Yellowtone got it’s name when you see the banks of the river.

5. I’ve always thought it would be cool to canoe down the Missouri from the headwaters area to Washburn, ND, kind of close to Ft. Mandan or even just a couple more miles down river to Cross Ranch State Park that I helped build for a summer job right before I started college. I think it would be too much paddling to get through Lake Sakakawea, though. (Note: Sakakawea is the NoDak way of writing and pronouncing Bird Woman’s name. If I remember right, there are over 30 spellings in the journals).

6. They did some good fishing on that trip. Wait til you see the fish they catch. But can you believe the blasphemy when one of they guys said he can’t wait to catch something other than a trout? I agree that a walleye on a fly would be a great thing, but that’s not all he was talking about.

7. I agree 1000% with the politics of the movie. We depend on oil, but it has a tendency to ruin our world. My computer, the bike I was riding when I watched the movie, me getting to the Yellowstone to enjoy its beauty……all of that depends on oil, and I understand that. It’s a quandry about our way of life. Certainly there has to be a better way of doing things, and I think it’s worth the cost.  I also thought about the houses that are right on the banks of South Fork of the Snake River here in Idaho, and how the guys in the movie were talking about keeping that from happening on the Yellowstone. Tough battle, but one that needs to be fought, but that’s easy for me to say when I live here in Idaho. Still, the same way that Muir, Roosevelt, and Congress had vision to establish Yellowstone National Park and the park system, maybe we should have some vision to save the remaining wild places, if not by government measures (we probably have enough of that already), then by private citizens.