Indy bound

Leaving very early to go see Janet!

I can’t wait.

Come Monday I will be holding you tight!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Well we have our green on. Hard to believe from this picture, but it was snowing like crazy just a few minutes before we took the picture.

Before we are off on one last otter search we have to get Janet a YNP car sticker. While shopping we found this Nativity set. A must have for any mountain home. Bonus points if you can find Joseph.

Off to find the otter. Hey look a coyote. In all we saw three on them while otter hunting.

I think I am offended.  This buffalo is mocking my southern heritage with a piece of straw hanging out of his mouth,  Maybe I spoke too soon and he is a southern transplant like me? He didn’t say one way or the other.

Found the perfect otter spot……but alas no otter.

On the ride back we saw a moose much closer than last time. I think I scared Janet a little. She was driving and when I saw the mouse I just shouted MOOSE!

Well no otter. We also didn’t find a leprechaun, a rainbow or a pot of gold, but I had already found my treasure … Janet.

We went to dinner at the Rusty Rail and gorged ourselves on fried foods. It was a good day and a nice end to Janet’s trip. She will  me missed by every fiber of me.

Heading out for a snow hike at Tower.

All up hill for a while.

Couple of scenic selfies.

I know they look photo shopped, but they aren’t.  Really nice to be able to share this with Janet.

Amazing view.

I made a snowman for Janet.

Can you find the Keebler elves winter home in this shot?

This is a close up of their winter home.

Not sure if this was a rescue or avalanche dog, but he was ready to help either way.

Some reference shots to give you an idea of the snow. Note the phone in the first and my leg up to my knee in snow for the second.

I am used to the higher altitude now, but Janet is still in better shape than me. All that free food in the employee cafeteria is making me fat.

I love this picture. Seeing Janet smile warms my heart. I also love the way the snow looks on the rocks. Looks like icing dolloped on top of the rocks.

A little snow art as we get ready to head back.

Wait for it…..buffalo jam on the way home.

This group had some big boys.

Out on another otter hunt

Beginning to think we will find Bigfoot or a Yeti before we find an otter.

The movement of the ducks in the water get our hopes up, but alas no otter.

Big horn sheep scoping things out.

What the sheep saw.

My failed attempt at an artist shot.

And you guessed it, no otter but we found a buffalo jam.

On the hunt for the elusive otter

Sad to say we didn’t find the otters.

Janet found an opening that most likely went to the center of the earth. Really crazy to think that molten lava is just two miles under your feet.

Note the no indecent exposure rule. Bet this was party land central in the 60’s and 70’s.

The water flowing into the river was HOT. I jerked my hand back from touching it. Where the hot mixed with the cold people were getting into the water.

The steam was freezing and making some cool looking ice sculptures.

Hard to see in the picture but this opening had a little whirlpool in it. We watched stuff disappear into it. This view also helps with how dangerous things can be. What looks like normal ground could be frozen water with a snow covering. Falling into thinning ice kills more bison than anything else in the park.

Run for your life!

While I am having to run away from buck elks Janet is out skiing.

He felt that I was in his spot, which I gave to him.

This is what Janet was seeing on her cross country ski trip at Tower Falls.

Headed to Cooke City – The door has the final say

The driver door has been getting harder and harder to open. With the cold and my yanking it finally gave up the ghost. I was left standing with the broken door handle in my hand.

So now to open the door, you unlock it and then go to the passenger side and reach over or you can hold the key in the unlock position and it will roll down all the windows at the same time allowing you to reach in the window and open the door. These are both nice options when it is snowing like crazy.

Saw some moose. Very cool as they are hard to find.

Cooke City is like another planet.

Saw a fox on the drive home.

Snow Lodge Day Three

We went out for a walk before heading back to Mammoth.

Nature will always find a way. Check out the green with the snow.

Do you see Santa in his hat?

My new place is the one on the right with the antenna.

Time to head out.

Coyote

Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”