Day 5: Up into the Mountains

Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 21, 2011

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Where I stayed
Brooks Lake Lodge
What I did
Traveled from Yellowstone National Park, visited the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and arrived at Brooks Lake

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

We had an early bag pickup from Yellowstone:  7:15am!  Bus time was 8am, and we would be traveling to see another popular Yellowstone attraction as well as head to Brooks Lake Lodge in the mountains for our last two nights.

After boarding the bus we headed to the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone", and it was beautiful.  Then we headed to the Lake Yellowstone Lodge on Lake Yellowstone for lunch.  We had a wonderful meal--probably the best one of my trip so far.  Finally we boarded the motor coach to leave Yellowstone and head towards the Grand Tetons and the Shoshone National Forest which is where Brooks Lake Lodge is located.

It was a long bus ride, up and down the mountains, and we saw lots of bison (buffalo) and some elk and deer.  On one part of the road there was a ranger, which our guide indicated meant that someone probably saw a bear.  Unfortunately we didn't see one, and kept on going.

Finally around 4:30pm or so we found the road to Brooks Lake Lodge.  Unfortunately the motor coach could not go up the road because there was so much snow.  Seriously--there is still about 4' of snow up here.  I have never, ever, seen this much snow in my adult life, and I lived in Spokane, Washington, for many years. 

Brooks Lake Lodge is a 'sporting resort' with no telephones and no televisions.... and no cell phone reception.  Fortunately they have wifi but its not that great, so no corresponding photos until I get back to a speedier connection.

The lodge has 6 guest rooms in the main building and several cabins outside.  My roommate and I were assigned to the main lodge, which was nice, because we didn't have to take flashlights to find our room after dark or schlep through the snow. 

Included in a stay at Brooks Lake Lodge (BLL) are meals, and from what I saw with our dinner last night, no one is going to starve. It seriously was a great day for me yesterday for food (lunch and dinner.). Dinner at BLL was a choice of trout of beef tenderloin, and I selected the beef. It was served with Wasabi mashed potatoes, a great carrot side dish, and the beef itself was delicious with some sort of demi glace on it. However there was just way too much food and I didn't finish it. Dessert was apple pie--which was homemade and delicious. 

Once dinner was over people dispersed into the public areas of the lodge for board games and chatting.  I was exhausted, and not feeling very well, and decided to take a hot shower to warm up (I am seriously cold up here despite socks and hiking boots and sweatshirts) and I went to bed.  The roommie came in around 11pm and we went to sleep. 

Next up:  Horseback riding at a lower elevation just because there is too much snow at BLL. 
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ricflack on

Loved Brooks Lake Lodge when we stayed there! It was the highlight of the trip. However, we didn't have any snow to deal with.

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