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Jun 26, 2012 - Beartooth Mountains scenic drive

Very hot (upper 90s) in Billings today so we spent the day in the Beartooth Mountains south of town. While the drive to the mountains was pretty, the drive through the mountains was gorgeous. The Beartooth Highway has been described as the most beautiful road in America and we think it is definitely in the top 10. The drive starts in the valley so we were looking up at the mountains then climbed the mountains so we were looking down into the valley and across the plateau at the top. The road continues to Yellowstone but we turned around in...

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Summer 2012

Sep 6, 2011 - Our Yellowstone Visits to Photograph Scenery and Animals.

Friday we decided to relax in the morning and Ed had a noon conference call. In the afternoon we made a trip into the Park to see the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces again. We went to the Upper Terraces to take the drive and get some photos. We stopped and went on a walk on the board walk along the pools. It was a good photo op with the colored pools and steam. On the way out we stopped to take more photos of the Big Horn Sheep and then we saw the Pronghorn near the road at the Park Entrance. Of course this required a stop to take more...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Week 6 update; What fun and 2 days of boredom

What a fun and sometimes boring week. Because of the high temperatures and humidity of the south, I took a more northern route which went through the corn belt. The boring part was riding for two solid days (>1000 miles) and all you saw was corn fields. Never thought I would be excited to see a herd of cows on the third day. Went to some interesting museums. The 'Wheels of time' had lots of very old motorcycles and some cars, many still operational. The owner started a 1922 Packard, put a nickel on edge on the engine block while running,...

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Jun 30, 2011 - Riding On The Right

Today was our third day off. We have been spending as much time as possible in the park, and we have seen lots of animals (as Pat reported yesterday). We are really starting to learn the right times and places for the best "watching". The geographical stuff you can always get to, but the animals are on their own schedule. So since we will go back to work tomorrow, and half of yesterday was dedicated to Pat teaching and me doing errands and laundry, we set a big goal...get to Cooke City. It's at the northeast entrance to the park, a three...

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Jun 29, 2010 - In Search of the Beartooth

We’ve had the good fortune to travel a number of scenic highways and byways, both in the US and to some fabulous places in Canada. We’ve done Glacier, Yellowstone and the Tetons; we’ve traveled to fabulous high mountain locations in Colorado; and we’ve seen the wonders of the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jaspar in Alberta. But until yesterday we’ve missed seeing what arguably is the best of all of these -- the Beartooth Highway. We’ve long been into “circle trips” -- one day adventures we can create that will avoid any...

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Jun 28, 2010 - Day 11 Yellowstone

Not much to talk about today. I have been pretty disappointed with bear sightings this trip. Either I'm getting out too late, the bears aren't cooperating, or I'm looking in the wrong places. I have been researching and tracking certain bears since they came out of hibernation through other people's trip reports. There has been one grizzly, nicknamed "Quadramom," who I have really wanted to see. She is a sow grizzly with 4 cubs, and has been hanging around the Swan Lake Flats area of Yellowstone for the past few weeks. I have spent a few...

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Summer 2010

Jun 27, 2010 - Day 9 Billings - Yellowstone

The Beartooth Scenic Highway is a beautiful drive everyone should take at least once in their life. This scenic highway stretches from Red Lodge to Cooke City, Montana. Last time Chris and I drove the Beartooth, we saw moose and grizzy bears. This time, we only saw yellow bellied whistling marmots, which are still cute in their own right, but doesn't really take the place of seeing a grizzly. The scenery was gorgeous and the weather cooperated for most of the trip, except for the sleet that was falling at Beartooth pass. As we're driving...

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Summer 2010

Jun 22, 2010 - Dan'l Boone blazes a trail!

We did our usual drive into the park to spot wildlife and were, as usual, rewarded. Today's delight was a Red Fox and her two kits. They had lots of energy - in fact, too much to get a good picture. All came out blurry. Although we were happy watching wildlife, the majority of our day was spent hiking. Today we tackled the Slough Creek trailhead. It was supposed to be a loop trail but one had to ford the river to make it so and all of the rivers in the area are bank-full, raging torrents. The hike was through beautiful country and it was,...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Been there, done that

Although we had previously driven to Red Lodge, Montana, we were able to spend very little time there. Now most people who had ventured up and down such a narrow, windy, harrowing, white-knuckle road once already would not be willing to do so again, but we did! It takes over 2 hours to go 63 miles. Red Lodge is a really neat town of around 2,000 people. Their main street is lined with a variety of shops in historic buildings. We walked the length and back, poking in shops here and there. One of the shops was the Candy Emporium. Wow! They...

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Jun 20, 2010 - Lost Lake

As we have traveled through Yellowstone National Park, we have stopped at a number of turn-outs where there were people with huge spotting scopes. They have all been very generous in allowing us to view animals through their scopes. When we discovered we could rent a $3700 scope for $30 a day, we did exactly that. Our problem then was trying to look like we knew how to use it. We took our precious scope, left shortly after 5 am and arrived at the wolf spot later than the real wolf people. Scopes are great for bringing an image in close. It...

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Jun 19, 2010 - A hiking we will go

Up early again, we drove into the park and joined the wolf watchers. They are terrific people with huge, expensive scopes who are more than glad to share and to teach. We were able to view a couple of wolves again. Although not as cold as our previous experience, we were still shivering in our parkas and gloves, so we didn't stay long. As we drove, we spotted a mule deer doe with a really young baby still with spots. As soon as we slowed down the doe must have alerted the little one because he immediately dropped down into a little ball -...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Grizzly Bar

Today we drove 160 miles to have lunch. Jim had read about a place that specialized in prime rib so off we went. To get there, we first re-drove the Chief Joseph Highway. Since we had driven that route white-fisted in pouring rain when it was totally socked in, we were able to appreciate the spectacular views this time. At the end of the Chief Joseph, we headed to Belfry and then to Red Lodge, which is a very nice looking and fairly large town (two grocery stores!) From Red Lodge, we drove another 20 miles to Roscoe, Montana, population...

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