Where I’ve been

I still can’t show you what I’ve been working on.  And the deadline still looms.  But soon, faithful readers, I’ll show you what it is.  In the meantime, I’ve been out of town.

I don’t know about you, but when my grown child invites me to one-on-one time, I’m inclined to say yes.  And this is how I ended up on a cross-country drive and 2 week camping trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks with son #1.  The original plan was to book it out there, do some backpacking, mostly backpacking and book it back.  We really didn’t have an agenda other than to enjoy being there.  And why May, you ask?  The plan was to be there while there was still some snow on the ground.

We left on May 10, after a slight detour to the dentist for a quick root canal (not me this time!).  Our drive took us through CT, NY, PA, OH, IN, IL, IA, NE, and finally into Wyoming.  At about Nebraska we were starting to wonder if there would ever be mountains – everything was SO FLAT.  And then, all of a sudden, there was snow.  Here in flat Nebraska?  What could we expect once we took some elevation and found the mountains?  It’s too late to turn back now so we’ll check it out and see what it’s like when we get there.  We had, after all packed lots of layers and warm clothes as well as shorts – we were ready for almost anything.

Snow continued to come and go, depending on where the squalls had been.  The good thing was that the roads were clear or just wet.  For the record, we were prepared with a snow shovel and ice scraper but thankfully never needed either.

Lots of snow,

then no snow, but look, mountains!

We crossed the continental divide at least 6 times on our trip.  This was the first or second time as we headed around the Great Divide Basin.  There wasn’t always a sign and sometimes I wasn’t paying attention; there was so much to take in.  Here we were headed up through Dubois and through the Togwotee Pass (elev 9,658 ft).

The higher up we got, the more interesting the terrain,

not to mention the snow conditions.

And at the pass, some pretty impressive snow on the ground.

And finally, our first glimpse of those majestic mountains.  It took our breath away.


2 Responses to “Where I’ve been”

  1. 1 Norma May 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Welcome home! Your pictures are beautiful and I can’t wait to see and hear more about the trip.

  2. 2 sue May 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Driving across the plains seems to be endless and when you just about give up, there , way far away, are those magnificent mountains. It still takes forever to get there but at least you can see the goal and it is breathtaking. Did you know that time spent in the mountains is not deducted from your life??? Glad you’re back with more stories to tell. Sue

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