Red Lodge, Montana
Snowman in July)
Excerpts from Kristy:
July 1, 1998
weeks earlier, when we were visiting Beth's relatives in Dallas,
her grandparents called home to Montana and discovered that
they had just had snow up in the Beartooth Pass. The very
idea seemed almost surreal to me. Their concern centered around
Beth not being able to take me up the mountain and show me
the views. As the roads become harder to plow on the Pass,
they close the gates farther down the road, which effectively
cuts off access to the Pass.
Fortunately, by the time we drove up to Red Lodge from Billings,
most of the snow had melted. But you could still look up on
the mountain and see the snow. Needless to say, I had to see
the road that had so much snow that it sometimes had to be
closed even in the summer.
We climbed the pass on a switchback road, stopping occasionally
to take in the view. The road teetered quite close to some
severe drop-offs, but we drove on. Around 11,000 feet, we
ran into snow. July 1, the very heart of summer and the higher
we drove, the deeper the snow. Amazing.
The temptation was irresistible. We pulled the car over and
Beth, Keely and I piled out to build a snowman. As you can
see we were dressed for the warmer weather at the bottom of
the mountain, but that didn't faze us.