On our way to Glacier National Park, we made a stop for a couple days in Bozeman, Montana.

Bozeman is a college town – home to Montana State University – and we enjoyed wandering around the downtown area and seeing the campus.

Montana Grizzly Encounter

Not far from our campground was the Montana Grizzly Encounter – a Grizzly Bear Rescue & Education Sanctuary. They currently are housing six rescued Grizzlies.  We got to see Bella, the youngest of their Grizzlies, and the only wild-born rescue, she was orphaned in Dry Creek, Alaska.

It was a good education for us on the differences between Grizzlies and Black Bears, plus the measures to take if we encounter bears on our hikes. It was well worth the stop.

Museum of the Rockies

Our next stop was Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies, a Smithsonian Affiliate that claims to be one of the world’s finest research and history museums that is “renowned” for its display of dinosaur fossils and a full-scale T. Rex skeleton.

The museum was nice, and the T. Rex was impressive.

It was interesting that they had a large exhibit about Genghis Khan and 13th Century Mongolia.  We learned about many of Khan’s accomplishments, including the introduction of passports, pants, paper money, forks, and more.

What we found quite fascinating was the fact that whenever Genghis Khan conquered a territory, the first thing he often did was reduce taxes on the vanquished!  Also, according to the Yasa Code (The Law of Genghis Khan), “No taxes or duties should be imposed upon lawyers, physicians, scholars, and people who devote themselves to prayer and asceticism.”

It was a nice couple of days before we meet up with friends to explore Glacier…