All loaded up and ready to roll before 8am this morning—we were heading to Blue Lake with Sarge and Sarah. Most years we can’t even get close to Blue Lake this early in the season—snowdrifts. The locals (such as the cowboy) say you usually can’t get to Blue Lake until after July 4.
This photo was taken June 27, 2011 when our friends Gina and Rollie were here—we tried to go to Blue Lake but were stopped by this snowdrift about nine miles shy of the lake. Today—no snow on the road, lots of snow melt water running everywhere and lots of puddles. Plus it was even dusty in places—not good this early in the summer!
It was a glorious day spent with good friends! Sunny skies with a few clouds now and then plus enough breeze at the lake to keep the mosquitoes away.
The ride to Blue Lake from where we unloaded the ATVs was 43 miles round trip—bone jarring rocks and mud puddles, up and up we went—the scenery makes up for the roughness! Soaring mountains, wildflowers, green, green grass, and the smell of evergreens in the air—gorgeous!
Blue Lake is located in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness area. After miles and miles of unbelievable rough riding you arrive at the end of the road—there is a foot/horse path down to the lake. The lake is as the crow flies less than 12 miles from the northern border of Yellowstone Park—you are out in the middle of nowhere—literally. Can you imagine our surprise to arrive at the trailhead to find not only a Toyota FJ Cruiser but a PORSCHE!!! As in Porsche SUV but still—who in their right mind would bring that kind of a vehicle up that road?? These people were from Minnesota and Tennessee—they had tents and gear everywhere and were enjoying themselves immensely!
Callie enjoying the snow!
We are indeed fortunate to live in such a place aren’t we! Tomorrow I am heading to Nashville, TN leaving the cowboy and Emmi at home holding down the fort. Just a short trip, I will be back home Sunday—attending a training session for the company which hired me back in October, 2014.