S: Montana & Wyoming - Summer 2011 - Lazy EL Ranch, Beartooth, Yellowstone
BC: The Great Outdoors Summer Trip to Montana & Wyoming July 2011
FC: The Great Outdoors | Summer Trip Montana & Wyoming July 2011
1: HIKING | First day & feeling spunky! | Life doesn't get much better than this - what a great time we had
2: Gotta be a trail here somewhere | How do you pronounce that? | Wyatt - part mountain goat | I did not see the squirrel sneak into our pictures.
3: Lady of the Lake | Halfway there | 9 miles total, by my GPS and pedometer. Turned out to be good preparation for the harder stuff. | Montana - Big Sky Country
4: It was TRUE - there were no bikes ahead.
5: Cool Bears in Montana | Has anyone seen my sunglasses? Equipment malfunctions, rocks everywhere, bears behind every bush (doing what bears do in the woods, no doubt)-what a way to spend a summer day!
6: Damned Squirrel
7: Not a postcard - an actual photo of our Day One destination
8: Evening of day one and hiking more of the Beartooth Wilderness during Day Two. Gorgeous weather, and it looks like we finally shook that pesky squirrel. Hiked to "the falls" and had lunch. Saw many, not mini, moose.
9: Stretching after lunch | Squirrel's back *&*()*%. Day 2 - prettiest trail we hiked.
10: Our mascot and guide
11: Taking on Yellowstone, the hard way. Guidebook said the climb to one of the world's largest petrified forests was "brutally steep." NOT KIDDING Made the almost-four-mile round trip and *SURVIVED*
12: Absaroka (pronounced "Absorkee" - Don't Ask) Bearthooth Wilderness, Montana
13: Had to stop for photo ops around every bend in the trail. Gorgeous, rugged country. Forests still hadn't recovered from a devastating fire, so lots of blackened timber standing. Made spotting the moose easier.
14: 91 degrees, 20 pounds on our backs, rugged mountain trail, low on water and rations, surrounded by wild animals, but real men don't sweat... | ...and apparenntly squirrels enjoy Starbucks | Photo Op Here--Look Up | SNOW in July, high above Yellowstone
15: Guide, Fisher, and Mountaineer | Do you think this is moose poop? | My pretty daughter, hostess and guide
16: Hey, Whose been messing with the trail signs? | Go Thataway
17: The Innocent One | Who Dunnit? | Wuzn't ME
19: Wonderful last day at the Lazy EL Ranch, Roscoe, Montana. Best hostess and hiking companions in the world, bar none. We'll be back (How'd that squirel get back in here?) WE DID SEE A BEAR IN YELLOWSTONE