Frightening and stressfull day ends peacefully

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Super 8 Idaho Falls Idaho

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 29, 2010 Great night of sleep then woke up at 0600 usual cup of hot coffee,read my bible and posted my thought for the day, dressed and went to the lobby  of the Super 8 Motel where I spent last night in Livingston Montana. Had breakfast with some people originally from India and then Connecticut who were on the same journey and also had expected to enter Yellowstone at the North and exit the West and stay in Idaho Falls. I explained to them over our freeze dried egg McSuper8 and orange juice that the present spring snow has caused them to close the West entrance so they would have to go up and around like I am now planning to do. They were very grateful for the information. So we both head out taking I90 West to connect with 15 South. The man at the front desk who is a native Montanan thought that it would be the safest yet longest route to take. I begin during a down pouring of snow which gets worse and worse as I travel. I am trying to gather up courage and finally decided I was downright dangerous on this Hwy and pulled off into a motel parking lot on state Hwy 191 went in and talked to a very nice young lady named Christine(meaning of the name- follower of Christ) Since I had been praying intently about what to do as are the Sisters and some of my dear friends I decide to listen to her advise. She looked on the weather web site and said that 191 south would be a better route for me and much clearer according to the weather site. I was all set to stay for the weekend but she also told me which I knew from watching the weather last night that it was going to get much worse for who knows how long she strongly suggested I head South. It was the right decision. The drive down 191 was breath taking, dry and safe, no big trucks to worry about just bears and buffalo but I was not getting out of my car until I arrived at Yellowstone. Now I am singing and thanking God for people in my path and friends near and far. It begins to snow somewhere close to West Yellowstone and it is coming down very hard couldn't see very well but I was still feeling safe. I entered the town of Yellowstone and it was almost undriveable no plows out yet nor salting of roads. It was now time for lunch so I slid into a McDonald's and had a southwest salad you will see the picture I thought it was pretty. I learn from the manager that the West entrance will allow you to enter and go as far as Old Faithful so I head in that direction only to find that yes I could enter but I have to have snow tires or chains. I turn around somewhat disappointed and head South on state hwy 20 which was snow covered but I thought that surely the further South I travel the better the weather, not so. The sky was pure white as far as I could see which wasn't very far. The drive was only supposed to take 2 hrs and it ended up being close to 4. My fears now were under control and I was just stressed and hoping this drive would soon end with or without Yellowstone. Arrived in Idaho Falls at 3pm and went straight to my room relieved and grateful to have made it. Thank you God and others for helping me along the path of life. Tomorrow Boise Idaho which is West, and hopefully warmer. The temperature was 27 degrees while I was in the worst of the snow. Bye for now.
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Don Dassel on

I just looked at these pictures, too bad it had to snow. Hopefully there will not be snow in June or July, when I believe I will make the trip.

Probably not many people or cars around, had to get you worried.

You will have these memories for a life time and laugh at some of it

Don Dassel on

Forgot to ask you, did you have the top down in Yellowstone?

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