Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Our morning journey from Billings to Yellowstone begins with beautiful clearing weather. The route presents stunning vistas as we leave Montana and head into the Beartooth Mountain range toward the northeast entrance to the park. As we enter the higher elevations, the temperatures drop rapidly and the snow capped mountains we have viewed from a distance all morning find ourselves suddenly in.
70 degree temps plummet to 23 in a 30 minute time span and our beginning flurries become nearly blinding as we reach the 11,000+ summit. Exciting, yes. Intimidating, definitely. These Florida girls are amazed at what we find!
As our descent from the completely snow covered tops brings us to more solid ground, we pause for the obligatory pic, along with a few other travelers. Exchange of cameras present perfect photo ops and the fear quickly turns to glee as we visit this frozen lake and gape in awe at the white everywhere. It's June! But, it's Wyoming and not so rare apparently.
A bit further on our adventurous path today we encounter several closed roads indicative of the inclement weather conditions and a reminder sign of the territory we are gaining access - this is bear country! We are immediately put on alert for the caution necessary here in the wild - the excitement and fear just continues today.....