Monday, June 27, 2011

This Weekend

This Saturday we drove up the Beartooth Highway and on to the town of Red Lodge.  On the way, we stopped at "The Top of the World", a small tourist trap and gas station.  You might say there was a little bit of snow.

 Charissa thought she had died and gone to heaven.  This girl LOVES snow!  I think she's in the right place!

"Um, my foot seems to be a little stuck."

 Springtime in the Beartooths!

 Like I said, there was a little bit of snow.

(it really wasn't that cold - this just looked so ironic I had to take a pic)

 So pretty :-)

 The Beartooth Range was formed by glaciers.  Rather than being jagged like you'd imagine bear teeth, the mountains are primarily high plateaus and look like tall mountains with the tops cut off.  The range we live in, the Absaroka Mountains, are volcanic and very different from the Beartooths.  (Just thought I'd throw in a little geology lesson.  There will be a, maybe.)

The "Beartooth"

 This guy was snowboarding by kite power.  I'd never seen this before.  Looked like fun!

 This picture is for my brother-in-law, Michael, who walked 350 feet today with leg braces.  I am so proud of him!  If you look right under the ledge of rock at the top, there is a teensy speck - a man.  We watched him ski down the entire avalanche chute.  I know you'll be out there again, Michael!

 Once we were in Red Lodge, we walked around town.  With all the snow up in the mountains, Red Lodge was about 75 degrees and a bunch of people were at the pool.
Brandt was quite charming in his sunhat.

We ate lunch here.  That was some goooood pizza!

Charissa wanted to ride T-Bone.  Since I am a professional bull rider on the weekends, I showed her how it's done.

On our way back, we stopped at one of the overlooks and Doug decided to drive through a snowdrift.  It, um, didn't turn out so well.

Unfortunately, our shovel handle broke off, so Doug had to use the handle-less scoop. 

We're actually thankful we found this out now rather than actual winter when we're stuck in a huge drift in the middle of Yellowstone Park surrounded by vicious buffalo and hungry wolves.

Praise the Lord for broken shovels!

And a good opportunity to build a snowman in June!

 In other news, Brandt has decided that walking is pretty cool.  
It's his favorite mobilization method, now.

 Random question: is this rhubarb?  It's EVERYWHERE, so if it is, I might need to find some strawberries and make a pie.  Good thing we have the rhubarb cookbook from our church!

Okay, my blueberry bread is finally done, so I'm going to turn in :-)


Libba said...

hahah! lol about the shovel! good point about finding out in the spring! what a fantastic and gorgeous place you live in. thanks for the wonderful update. and praise the lord, too, for michael's progress.

Sarah :) said...

I don't know a lot about rhubarb, but I think it's supposed to have a red stem? At least, in the spring when it's fresh (although, maybe where you are is still in "spring"). And I don't know that it's any good AFTER spring. You should look it up, the internet knows a lot more about it... ;)