Trip Start Jun 28, 2012
28Trip End Aug 28, 2012
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First part of the journey, was along the Chief Joseph Highway. This took me into some of the most gorgeous scenery I've ever seen. After evey climb in the car, I was rewarded with amazing views of the snow topped mountains, and lakes below. Yes snow! 90 at the foot of the mountains, but snow at the top.
Stopped at a little town called Red Lodge, where they were having a 4th of July parade. I nearly ended up part of the parade had the horseback cowboy not warned me to take another street!
Then I drove on to the famous Bear Tooth Highway
At one point, I had Coldplay, Yellow, on the stereo blaring out. Just as I came to the top of a huge mountain, and over the top, the big loud guitar break came on just as I saw the amazing view for the first time. (yes I realise this was a "you had to be there" story) lol. But at the risk of being dramatic, it was almost an emotional experience...honestly!
As the drive went on, and I was getting even higher into the mountains, the air was getting colder and thinner.
Eventually I reached the peek, and a viewing spot to park the car. I couldn't wait to have a walk about in the snow. There were only patches of snow, but that was enough to make me happy. However, after running about like a kid for a few mins, I started to feel quite dizzy (nothing new there). I guess it was the thin air.
Stopped at another viewing point where a few tourists had gathered
Driving down the other side of the mountains, the scenery change again. Slightly more arrid landscape, and the heat was really picking up. Btw...trying to spray factor 50 on your head doing 60 in a mustang convertible, is NOT recommended...especially when it get in your eyes!
Eventually pulled in to Cody, which is named after Buffalo Bill Cody, who founded the small town. Was quite pretty, but very touristy.
I barely had time for a coffee, when I had to get a the coach to take me to the Rodeo 4 miles away. For some reason, I just wasn't in the mood. Nothing could top the drive I'd had earlier, not even Cowboys on horses
Unfortunately, the coach wasn't due to leave for another 4 hours, so I asked about, to see if I could get a cab, but people seemed to find this funny. In the end I decided to walk the 4 miles back to the hotel, along roads with no pavements or other pedestrians. Wasn't so bad, but I was hot as hell, and my head was burning. Then, in the middle of nowhere I came across a roadside cowboy hat stand!!! WTF??? God must have been looking down at me, and she could see my head getting burned.
Treated myself to a cowboy hat for $28, and walked the rest of the way back doing a John Wayne walk and singing the Black Hills of Dakota.
Wasn't too keen on the hotel
What a great day! X
btw...I should point out, that I LOVE a good winge, and any hiccups along the way during this trip, is all part of the fun. Make no mistake...I am having the time of my life!!
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