Monday, August 01, 2005

The Beartooth Mountains

Our friends Winn and Donna took us on a fantastic tour of the Beartooth Mountains yesterday. The Beartooths are only about 45 minutes from their home. With a short drive one can pass through Red Lodge, Montana which is a really interesting alpine village, to the Beartooth Mountains. The Beartooths are steep scenic mountains with many National Forest Roads through them. Mountain streams, glaciers, rock slides, wild flowers, good friends, who could ask for more. The photos are just a sample of the area. Fantastic day and we could not ask for better and more gracious hosts than the Hortons. We have had a wonderful few days with them and will remember these days for the rest of our lives. We hope to get together with them in the future. We even talked about taking a trip up the AlCan Highway to Alaska together in the future. Thanks Winn and Donna. You are the greatest.

For those who want to know more about the Beartooths, click here
. We could not take the Beartooth Scenic Highway because of a mud slide that had occured back in May. Our friends were camping in the area when the slide occured and Winn heard it during the night. The next morning the campground was evacuated and the road is still under repair. We were able to follow a forest service road to an observation point where we could see where the slide had taken out the highway in several places. One site was particularly dramatic where the only thing left of a section of the road was the guard rail dangling across where the road had been.