July 1: Beartooth to Theodore Roosevelt Nat Park
Today we woke up and set off early (as usual!). Hondacar was at 121,846 to start. It was another one of those couple raindrops in the morning that get Joan really moving fast. I didn't help much - I just hopped in the car and waited to leave while Joan did all the work. We continued to drive up in elevation from our 9,000 foot campsite and ended up at Beartooth Pass at 10,947 feet. If we had just come here, Joan would have had a headache but we were acclimated after our spot in Denver.
Beartooth Pass - the view.
I got to run around at this pass. There was enough room for me to just sniff around on my own. Then we hopped back in and then stopped at a rest stop area where we could see from where we had come:
The road here winds down to Red Lodge which is at 5,553 ft. So there was some winding to do. This was Joan's favorite, favorite highway (212) - it is only open in the summer. Also it was clear it was a favorite among the many motorcyclists as there were endless numbers of bikers. Beyond Red Lodge it was just a boring two-lane highway out to I-90 so I slept. Until we stopped at a reststop along I-94 in Montana. Joan was a bit concerned by this:
But we ate lunch here anyway with our eyes out for snakes. A woman who sells dog food chatted with us - her car was packed with food and she gave me some treats.
We got back in the car (more sleeping) until we entered North Dakota and then exited to go to Theodore Roosevelt National Park - south unit. We got a great campsite and took a tour of the camp. Joan was going to let me go into the MIssouri River until she saw it was red silty muddy. So now swimming for me. After all, I have to sleep next to her in the tent. Joan sat around for a while, read a book, ate some munchies while I sat under a bush. Then we hopped back in the car to do a road tour of these badlands - but we saw this bad boy instead:
I gave him a real talking to. Joan was trying to take photos and I was trying to show him who was boss from the backseat of a car! :-) I'm sure he listened to me.
When we got back to camp, it started to rain (rainfly was on, of course, - we had learned our lesson by now). And we immediately got into the tent and stayed there all night except for one jaunt out in a brief rain lull. Joan didn't even eat any dinner. But she had cell service so she chatted with her sister for a while before sleep came upon us.