Charles Kuralt called the drive from Cooke City to Billings along the Beartooth Highway "the most beautiful drive in America," but the road ends at Cooke City in winter and so do we.
After leaving our lonesome wolf behind, we continue to follow the Soda Butte Creek, climbing as we head east toward Cooke City at an elevation of 7,600 feet.
Sometimes we need to share the road, but rarely with other cars.
The snow is piled high on both sides of the road...
and eventually the snow starts to cover the road.
In Cooke City, we find the snow is piled even higher. The annual snowfall in Cooke City is 202 inches. Back at Mammoth (where we're staying) the annual snowfall is only 150 inches. And in Gardiner (where we're working) the annual snowfall is a mere 25 inches.
so instead we step inside the cozy Bistro Cafe.
A snow storm is coming, so we head for home after lunch.
Not many folks are out this afternoon unless you count the snowmobilers.
Yours in exploring Yellowstone,