scenic drive: beartooth highway

Upon departing Yellowstone on Thursday, we had a last-minute change of plans and decided to head out of the northeast entrance towards Billings instead of north entrance as we had originally planned. We had no idea THIS was in store for us:

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Those black squiggly lines? Roads.

This is the Beartooth Highway. This drive from Yellowstone to Red Lodge, MT is probably the most scenic drive I have ever experienced. It’s just plain crazy and not for the faint of heart, but you must experience it at some point in your lifetime.

We cheered loudly as we climbed closer and closer to the clouds. 10,000 feet…

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That’s nothing.

This highway kept climbing all the way to 10,955 feet. Over TWO MILES up in the air.

Awaiting us was this beautiful storm cloud, complete with thunder and lightning. AWE.SOME.

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And because I like the dramatic-ness of black and white:

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I should also probably mention the snow. There was a little bit. It’s only the end of June, I mean, we should have expected it, right?

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As for the way down? Don’t be alarmed when you see THIS on your navigation screen:

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As long as you don’t cough, sneeze, or blink you will be just fine.

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**WARNING** Things may explode in your car as you reach the summit. Especially snacks like Pirate’s Booty and your favorite red Justin Bieber nail polish.

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  • http://www.melsboxofchocolates.com/ Mel’s Box of Chocolates

    that is AWESOME!!  WOW. Can’t believe the height of those snowbanks. Amazing.  Thanks for sharing the pix!

  • Anngregory

    What a great adventure!!

  • Anonymous

    Nice!

  • Anonymous

    Nice!

  • Anonymous

    WOW. breath-taking photos!!!!