we only had about 24 hours, but decided to make the most of it and take a quick trip over to red lodge, montana and the beartooth highway -
"It is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48 states, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation. In the surrounding mountains, glaciers are found on the north flank of nearly every mountain peak over 11,500 feet high. The Road itself is the highest elevation highway in Wyoming (10,947 feet) and Montana (10,350 feet), and is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies."
-- quote + more info can be found here --
breakfast at red lodge: we walked around downtown and our noses found fresh, delicious doughnuts...
our hotel clerk advised two breakfast spots: Prindy's Place (for bacon+eggs at a good price) and Cafe Regis (if you like granola and bagels) -- our hungry bodies found Prindy's first, a cute green and yellow diner - we sat at the bar and had sweet cream pancakes+ a veggie omelet -- it was delicious and gave us our fill of butter for the day) -- funny breakfast moment - i am thinking it was the owner-- was telling a customer (in my non-remembering exactly words) that they were the basic bacon+eggs kinda place and if you wanted something healthy and fancy that you'd have to go around the corner to Cafe Regis -- jon and i had to smile, and we had to go around the corner to satisfy our curiosity... we found a cute cafe, shelves of natural products lining the perimeter, with a lot of charm and what looked like a good menu - as we were stuffed with our good pancakes+eggs breakfast from our cute diner - we opted for some drinks+danishes to-go.
at the bottom
almost at the top
the top- that pole (jon and i estimate they are about 20 ft) is for measuring the snow and marking where the road is so the snow plows don't go off the edge - yes - the snow gets that high
this was our blackberry+cheese danish from cafe regis
to was the best i can remember having
which is why jon is giving me the - "you really think i'm sharing" look
but he did
because he loves me
at the top - too bad it doesn't factor in the wind chill
(we started out in the high 60's at the bottom)
coming down the other side
we went everywhere, but cody
we even went a few miles into yellowstone
until we got to the pay booth
--no time for that park jaunt today--
we're obsessed with these little things
amazing water, rushing so fast
they had a huge landslide a few years ago -
i told jon to drive quick over that section of the road...
candy store in red lodge - this is only part of the taffy section
and doesn't show the hundred other baskets they have of hard candy or the fudge section
downtown and where we ate dinner - which was warm comfort food - wild mushroom lasagna, shepherds pie, and a shared beet salad... it was pretty tasty. our waitress had had a long day i think. she wasn't very friendly - she was trying, but it just wasn't working well...it's ok, the lady in the next shop we went to made up for it - she was very perky and very friendly and i bought pink striped, knee high, smart wool socks for $5 (super duper deal)... and then we drove home. the end.
happy weekend-ing to you!