Way Up High…

On the Beartooth Highway…

Saturday, my husband, Bill, and I took a beautiful drive to Red Lodge, Montana. The information we read about Red Lodge said “it is nestled against Montana’s highest mountain peaks, and that it is a place of extraordinary beauty, world-class outdoor recreation, romantic getaways, and family fun.” Some of the locals we work with around Buffalo Bill State Park told us that the drive from Red Lodge back to Cody via the Beartooth Highway, is as beautiful, if not more beautiful than Yellowstone National Park. Sounded like a big bill to fill so we thought we would find out for ourselves..

This is the first thing we saw as we approached the adorable little town of Red Lodge. Made me want to just go right in and make friends with the folks that live there and find out just how they all live…

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As we made our way into the actual, no red lights or stop signs, main street of Red Lodge, I was already falling in love with this little gem in the mountains…

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And it just kept getting better and better when I saw people riding around in horse-drawn buggies… I want to do that…

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We parked our car and walked both sides of the “main” street… The first store we came to was the Montana Candy Emporium. This place was so fantastic, and big, that we had to make two trips through it just to be sure we saw it all..

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I think they have every kind of candy that can be made..

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Rows, and rows, of baskets and boxes full of candy…

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And if that isn’t enough to get your sweet tooth fix… they also have counters full of fresh made fudge, and all sorts of other fresh made candy.

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Now, I don’t eat sweets, but for anyone that does, if you can’t get your sweet tooth on in this place…it just can’t be done…

They have it all… everything from grizzly bear eggs…

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To honeycomb old fashion peanuts…

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And everything you can imagine in between…

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They also sell every kind of jellies, syrups, and all kinds of pickled things…

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If none of that interests you, you can have a lot of fun just walking around looking at all the interesting decor in this adorable candy emporium…

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Now, it was time for lunch, so we wandered into Foster & Logan Bar and Grill.. Boy, were we glad we did… We both had  buffalo burgers. I had mine with blue cheese and sweet potato fires. What a treat… YUM, YUM!!!

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After lunch, we headed out to drive the Beartooth Highway.

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A very beautiful drive that takes you up, up, and up a VERY steep road.

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The information we have on the Beartooth Highway says “it climbs to an astounding 10,947 feet above sea level. I think some planes fly lower than that… Did I happen to mention I’m afraid of heights? YIKES!!

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It is so high that some of the snow stays on the ground all year round…, and you see beautiful glacial cirques and clear alpine lakes. P1050116

The Beartooth Highway is often referred to as “the most beautiful drive in America” I have to say it is beautiful…, a little scary…, but absolutely beautiful!

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At the summit, you are above the timberline because you are so high up, and the air is so thin, I don’t think trees can grow up here… I was having trouble breathing due to the altitude… but it was soooo worth it.

One of our co-workers told me that when his sisters took the Beartooth Highway drive one sister told the other she was having trouble breathing as they climbed higher and higher… then the other sister said “I think I see Jesus…!” Now that’s HIGH!!

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Of course we had to stop in and take a look at the “top of the world store”. Very cute little general store that was jam-packed with just about anything you might need way up there in the clouds…

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Then it was time to make our way back down the mountain and back to our Buffalo Bill Park neck of the woods.

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Such a beautiful drive, and fun-filled experience… Do I think it was as beautiful, or more beautiful than Yellowstone Park… I have to say, I think it is just a different kind of beautiful…

Stay Tuned!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 20:04:10

    Wow! Good thing you don’t eat sweets! Would be hard to pick just a few with all those options! Beautiful area! Thanks for sharing it all with us! Now to give you an idea of elevation…when we hiked the Inca Trail in Peru we camped at a place around 13,000…and it was all we could do to hike it! Keep the adventures coming! Love you!! xoxo

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    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 19, 2016 @ 20:28:19

      Yes, GG, it would be hard to pick just a few out of all those candy options.. When we were halfway up the Beartooth Highway, your bro said “I think I want to go back to that candy store and buy something” The look on my face stopped that idea right in it’s track. Ha! OMG, 13,000 feet in Peru… I would need them to supply oxygen? I would need it, or 911 called for sure. Ha! Love you too. XoXo

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  2. Bill
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 20:10:57

    So beautiful I took the drive real easy. I knew you would be a little nervous. I couldn’t believe how fast other cars were going, how could they possibly enjoy the scenery, what a waste. Love you Girly it was another great day with my best friend.

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    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 19, 2016 @ 20:23:26

      Yes, you did an excellent job of driving that steep road Bill. You didn’t scare me with your driving at all it was just how high up we were and like you said some of the other people driving seemed to be in way to much of a hurry to get around the people that were taking it slow and enjoying the views… It was another great road trip outing for us. I love you too!

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  3. Ellen Kaufman
    Jun 20, 2016 @ 12:39:50

    Another beautiful adventurous day together! You two are surely finding the beautiful places God has made for our enjoyment. The heights would be scary to me especially if the road was
    curvy. You had a excellent driver. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures. Belated Happy Father’s Day Bill, you’re really taking good care of our Virginia! You both deserve the very best. Love you, now I wonder what will the next trip will be!🤔💜💫✝

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    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 20, 2016 @ 16:34:46

      Yes, Aunt Ellen, we are seeing some of the most beautiful and amazing places and loving every minute of it. The Beartooth Highway was VERY curvy with lots and lots of switchbacks… and VERY high up a steep mountain… Stay tuned for more of our adventures coming soon. Love and hugs… x0x0

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