Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bear Tooth Highway

We left Cody early this morning to take the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway to the Bear Tooth Highway and back to Cody. The Bear Tooth Highway is 68 miles weaving through mountains, alpine lakes, and tundra.

Once on the Chief Joseph Byway, the land turned into open range which meant cowboys herding their cows

and cows on the highway.

We got a look at one of the many switchbacks on the highway.

We also got a peek at the mountains we would be in soon.

We climbed higher and higher.

We got to this bridge stopping and admiring

the view from below.

This river ran through the canyon.

We stopped for lunch on the Bear Tooth Lake, it was a cool 65 degrees.

After lunch, we continued on a little dirt road to this patch of snow.

We were able to pull off the road and hike the rest of the way to the snow.

The views from where we stood were breathtaking.

We continued on stopping at another lake.

 We kept climbing, never tiring of the beauty before us.

We stopped at the top of one of the vistas and saw the wind whipping the water below.

We made it to the summit of Beartooth Pass, 10,947 feet and 60 degrees.  Can you see the bear's tooth?

How about now?

We still kept climbing.  The views never stopped.

There were also mountain flowers.

 and cute little animals.

We wove our way down and finally reached the town of Red Lodge, Montana.

We headed back to Cody passing by the site of the Smith Mine Disaster.

We made it back home about 5:00, ate dinner, and headed for the concert in the park at 6:00.  There is always something to do here in Cody.  

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