Did I go bananas today?

Trip Start Sep 20, 2008
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ok. I just arrived at the motel and maybe it¡¦s because I spend about 10 hours on the road (stopping 1x for Gas and Food) but I¡¦m sitting here with tears in my eyes now that I start typing, I wish all of you could have been packed in my car today! This one will go down as one of the most beautiful drives in the world! There. I said it. Things that I heard myself saying throughout the day: ¡§Oh my god¡¨, ¡§man, that¡¦s beautiful¡¨, ¡§gosh, that¡¦s amazing¡¨, ¡§this is scary¡¨, ¡§my toes are tingling, this is way high!¡¨ ¡§It¡¦s out of this world¡¨, ¡§this is god damn beautiful¡¨ ¡K¡K¡K

You know? There was a reason that I left so much later than anticipated. With all the ¡§effen¡¨ delays, most of them seemed so useless. It was meant to be. If I would¡¦ve left a few weeks ago, the magic would¡¦ve been much less dramatic. The fall colors gave it the extra-over-the-top WOW factor. New England, my ass. LOL

I drove from Billings to Red Lodge. It¡¦s a very town cute and the drive to it is so pretty too. Very cute small towns on the way (Joliet) and all the orange/red/green and in between colors on the trees and bushes are making this a picture perfect drive. And right after Red Lodge is where ¡§the big road¡¨ starts. Bear tooth Highway. This is a Highway for sure. The highest point on the road is almost 11.000 feet! Every time you think that you¡¦re on top, it goes higher and higher. The sky was so blue with a couple of white clouds in them, like they were put there by Pixar, so perfect and so 3 dimensional. Little lakes between the peeks and small valleys in between the mountains. Spectacular. And the other side going down the mountain was so beautiful too. This brings you to Cooke City and it¡¦s the northeast entrance to Yellow Stone Park. This time we drove the east side of the park, all the way down with a variety of beautiful meadows, bizons laying by the road, deer everywhere, 2 huge lakes and far away views. This will ultimately bring you to Teton National Park, one that I was really looking forward to visit. (Traveler tip: If you will visit more than 3 national parks, you are better off buying the National Parks Pass, for $80. It is valid for 1 year and all entrance to Federal parks will be free, Yellowstone has a cover of $25 so you can see the savings if you visit more than 3 on a trip like this).
Grant Teton is indeed grand. The Tetons are huge! Hahaha (see the explanation of Grand Teton a few days ago, you know what I¡¦m saying¡K¡K¡K) The lake in front of it with all the trees and brush/bushes in orange, yellow, greenish colors, it¡¦s one big post card, yet again. I made it almost to Jackson Hole, Wyoming but I changed my mind while I was driving to haul it to Casper for the night. I didn¡¦t want to stay in a motel with expensive rates because it¡¦s location. It¡¦s pretty in Jackson Hole, but not THAT pretty. So I went back up to Moran and took a sharp right to Casper Wyoming and boy, the first 2 hours of that part were so amazing too. It¡¦s the colors, the way the sun makes them warm and fuzzy, with cute ranches, cows on the road, rolling hills, amazing mountain ranges, it has everything. I definitely have a connection to this part of Wyoming and Montana.
Then we go into Indian Territory. Different kind of mountains, colors, layers of stone etc. The last 2 hours I got a bit more tired and at some point you start to think: ¡¥Ok, I got it, now where is the motel?¡¦
Guess what? It¡¦s Motel 6, again. I¡¦m staying in a smoking room, only last available room, boy, it reeks like old smoke. I deserved a bit more then this haystack but what should I do. Drive a little bit more to see if there is anything better? Nah. I¡¦m going to fix myself up a bit and then across the street for something to eat/drink¡K¡K.

Btw: I haven¡¦t taken any pictures. I¡¦m not the picture taking kind. This day trip should be done in 3 day, stopping along the way to explore/take pictures. My friend Rob from Holland would have gone nuts with his camera and taken days considering his picture-taking rate (Hey Rubke! fº misschien zie ik je in NYC!) I¡¦ll get some websites for you guys so you can see the places that we¡¦ve been.

Later¡K¡K¡K¡K

L and J
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