Summer vacations from the past have usually been few and far between consisting of a quick weekend here or there. One year was spent in Half Moon Bay, CA, on the coast hiking, relaxing and enjoying fantastic seafood. Another, was spent in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These were relatively quick trips coinciding with my birthday or our anniversary in July. I have to admit, I felt a tinge of jealousy as we somehow managed to be in Venice, Tuscany and France during hubby's October birthday. I guess it "just happened" that way!
This Summer I jumped at the chance to go on a RV trip to Yellowstone and Jackson, Wyoming. It was everything I envisioned and more. It truly is "God's Country" with miles of pristine forests, rolling hills and meadows filled with wildflowers, bubbling cauldrons dotting the landscape and incredibly blue sky. We were lucky to see elk, and buffalo/bison but fortunately no bears or mountain lion even though on one of our hikes, the Ranger suggested we take our bear spray from the holster and "be ready"!
Although the Yellowstone area swells in population during July you can still have moments of solitude if you get off the beaten path and away from the famous "Old Faithful". We were able to experience this solitude when we drove up into Montana just north of West Yellowstone. Sometimes if you're willing to "get lost" those beautiful and memorable adventures will follow. On the northern end of Lake Hebgen a river runs through it. One of my all time favorite movies was being played out as we approached the river's edge on our hike through knee high wildflowers. Fly fisherman lined the shallow banks and if we would have had more time I would have loved to watch more of their graceful casting.
Continuing on this hike we somehow lost the trail. Maybe the scenery was too gorgeous because between the four of us we found ourselves blazing a new trail through an evil (think Wizard of Oz, flying monkey forest) prickly overgrown forest. With each step the stickers dug into my ankles and barbed their way into my skin. Unfortunately, our friend's dog suffered the brunt of the stickers as they quickly burrowed into her fur and skin. Poor Lulu! It took a while but Lulu got a "new hairdo" that day as we took turns snipping, pulling and cutting away the thorns.
All the trauma aside this was one of the most gorgeous mountain areas I've been to in a long time. Pictures NEVER do it justice. You'll just have to take my word for it. BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL
|Lulu on the trail|
|hubby admiring the view|
|Beautiful scenery = lost trail|
|Lake Hebgen, Montana|