Monday, August 31, 2009

Itinerary for our next trip...

With Australia and New Zealand behind me, we're looking forward to a trip west to Idaho, Yellowstone National Park (Mammoth Hot Springs area) and our lovely vacation home in Red Lodge, Montana (available for rent when we aren't there). We're fortunate to have friends willing to house sit while we're away... they will feed the birds, eat the tomatoes and generally keep an eye on things such as watering the plants, etc. Our itinerary...

• Sept 2, 2009 leaving out of IAD at some ungodly early hour... to Salt Lake City... change planes... to Idaho Falls, Idaho... rent car... drive to Stanley Idaho where we will spend 3 days...
• Sept 5, 2009 driving to Mammoth Hot Springs for a couple of days stay in Yellowstone National Park
• Sept 7, 2009 driving to Red Lodge, MT via the Northeast entrance/exit to the park, Cooke City and the scenic Beartooth Highway over the mountains to Red Lodge.
• Sept 23, 2009 driving to Billings, MT, turning in the rental car and flying home via MSP (change planes) and on to DCA

A teaser photo taken from the Beartooth Highway last year follows... am sure I'll be posting photos from this year's trip west as time allows!
valley view from Rock Creek Vista Lookout on the Beartooth Highway
The Beartooth Highway is "the most beautiful drive in America" according to Charles Kuralt. (believe he wrote that when we were just 48 states but it is truly a beautiful drive and we'll be on it one week from today) This photo is from June of last year when there was so much snow that we couldn't walk all the way out on the lookout path.

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