My friend Lisa, who lives in Belgrade, MT is remodeling her craft room and asked me if I was interested in some of her stamps, punches and cutting tools. I said sure! We drove over to her beautiful house Saturday and she treated me to several boxes of goodies. We had a great morning enjoying her craft projects, (quilting, custom purses and beautiful digital scrapbook albums) and enjoyed a delicious lunch at McKenzie River in Belgrade.
It was time to go and my husband, Bill, suggested we drive the back-road to Helena. As we were driving, I asked, how far is is to Yellowstone Park? He said, about 50 miles". So of course, I said, "why aren't we going to Yellowstone National Park?"
That is how we ended up driving to the to the North Entrance and into the park. We were lucky and saw lots of different animals, including bighorn sheep, elk, bison, deer, moose, bobcat, coyotes on kill, golden eagle, and ravens. Most of them were too far to take a picture, so here are a few photos to give you a feel of how Yellowstone looks in winter.
Bison grazing alongside the road. As you might imagine, it is difficult to get to the grass under 4-5 feet of snow, so they try to get the easy grass that the snow plows dig up.
Cooke City, Montana. That's the 2nd floor of the General Store. You have to drive 58 miles from Gardiner, MT through the one road that is plowed to get there. The altitude is over 7,000 feet and it is a snowmobile paradise.
The Loving Cup Espresso is access challenged, but they manage to dig their way out.
Thanks for looking and thanks to Lisa for all the wonderful crafting equipment! (and providing us with our excuse for a detour to YNP)