Thursday, July 15, 2010

Red Lodge, MT & The Beartooth All-American Road

One of the prettiest drives you'll ever take is the Beartooth Hwy. Mary, my co-worker and friend, and I headed to Red Lodge, MT via this beautiful route. Once you exit the Northeast Entrance of the park, you follow Hwy 212 to the little town of Red Lodge.

The Beartooth Mtn range has over 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 ft in elevation and have glaciers on the north flank of nearly every mountain over 11,500 ft.

Our first stop was the City Bakery to buy a cream puff to share:


We spent the day browsing the shoppes.

For dinner, we headed out Hwy 308 to the Saloon & Steakhouse in Bear Creek, MT.
This joint is famous for the pig races they hold every night. That's right folks, pig races nightly.

We didn't get to stay for the races, but we did get to check out the competitors.
The proceeds go to fund local scholarships.

The drive back to the park:
The highlight of the day for me was seeing mountain goats on the way back.

We saw this black bear just inside the park entrance:

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