Bear Tooth Pass…

Today was our trip to the North East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.  We traveled over Dunraven Pass and then through Lamar Valley.  We couldn’t pass through Lamar Valley without checking on the Golden Eagle nest.  Upon arrival, one of the adult Golden Eagles came to feed the chick.

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We stopped at Cooke City for lunch and continued towards the Bear Tooth Pass Highway 212.  On the way was this amazing waterfall, if you haven’t already figured it out we love waterfalls!  There were Forest Service signs regarding Bear Activity and the footprints we saw were a big sign!  We always carry bear spray when we are outside the RV Resort.  With a storm brewing and bear activity signs we had an uneasy feeling and decided not to linger to long.

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The Bear Tooth Highway 212 was probably the most scenic highway we have traveled on.  It is a series of steep switchbacks as you ascend to a plateau.  The elevation is 10,947 feet.  It was interesting to be on the same level or sometimes looking down at the snow peaks and glacial snow.  The beauty is indescribable of the numerous alpine lakes of the Absaroka-Bear Tooth Wilderness area which borders much of the highway.  The pass is known for summertime snowstorms, violent thunderstorms and winds.

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See the Bear Tooth in the background
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Alpine Lakes
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Bear Tooth Pass
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Waterfalls on Bear Tooth Pass

We have been on the lookout for the yellow-bellied marmot since we have arrived in Montana and you need go no further than this pass, they were running everywhere! The highlight of the day was another first for us and sometimes a difficult animal to spot!  At first we thought it was a group of rocks which are common in the area. But with further looking in the binoculars sure enough Rocky Mountain goats, not just one but a herd!  They are magnificent animals!  We didn’t make it all the way to Red Lodge that still is on our list to do.

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Rocky Mountain Goats
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Rocky Mountain Goats
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Yellow-bellied Marmot
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Buffalo in Lamar Valley on the way home

Cody WY…

One of our goals is to experience all the entrances/exits of Yellowstone National Park.  This trip took us to the East Entrance through Sylvan Pass and spending sometime in Cody, Wyoming.  As always, the trip was fantastic.  We love traveling through the different passes!  Just outside the East entrance and right alongside the road, we were fortunate to watch a mama grizzly and her two older cubs digging for roots.  Their power never ceases to amaze us!

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Waterfall along Sylvan Pass

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A busy morning of shopping in the town of Cody, as we needed to get prepared for the Rodeo in the evening.  Of course, that meant cowboy/cowgirl hats and the purchase of our first Stetson!

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We grabbed a bite to eat for lunch at Mojoes and headed to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum.  This place was awesome!  Five museums under one roof!  So much to see and so little time!  The five museums are Buffalo Bill, Draper Natural History, Whitney Western Art, Plains Indian, Cody Firearms.  We made it through three, the Natural History, Buffalo Bill and Plains Indians.  We loved the history of Buffalo Bill and the Plains Indians!  The picture of the guns from one of our favorite TV shows “Bonanza”!

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At 6:00 p.m. we headed to Irma’s Hotel for the gun fight! Buffalo Bill built the Irma Hotel in 1902 which he called “the sweetest hotel that ever was.”  The hotel was named after one of his daughters.  The mock gunfight in the street lasted about ½ hour.

 

After dinner we headed to the Stampede Rodeo.  It was our first rodeo!  We found ourselves hooping and a hollering watching the bronco riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer riding and bull riding!  The cuteness for the evening was watching the five year old boy and girl barrel race!

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Five year old boy!
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Five year old girl!

Yee Haw, what a great evening!

Old Trail Town, historic western buildings dating from 1879-1901

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Virginia City…

Virginia City, Montana is a much alive ghost town.  As you walk the streets it is as if the town was frozen in time.  It is an Old West Victorian gold mining town.

Stage coach rides, train ride to the next town Nevada City, ghost tours, saloons, vigilantes, hangings, Boot Hill Cemetery, lots to see and do in this gold mining town!

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