August 13, 2008
It's been almost a week since I returned from Montana and I'm finally settling back into my normal routine....I have to admit, I did not want to leave Montana! This trip was a very emotional one for me (the retreat was very intense and required ALOT of work to support), and, adventuring in Yellowstone and the surrounding wilderness was absolutely beautiful, and spiritual as well (I know, I'm not a mushy person...but it was!) I could have stayed for 3 more weeks at least.
Though I was only there for a week, I was able to explore a lot of the area. First off, Rock Creek Resort was beautiful, the staff was nice, and the location was amazing! As I mentioned, the retreat was a lot of work, but I did get to have a little bit of fun (mostly at the pig races)...check out the video I took here...it pretty much explains it all!
Once the retreat was done, Barbara and I headed to Yellowstone. I had never been before and was really looking forward to it. After stopping at many full campsites along the way, we finally set up camp on night 1 outside of Gardiner, MT. From there we were able to somewhat plan our next 2 days and enjoy the fresh mountain air. We almost went on a rafting trip, but decided against it because we wouldn't have enough time (however, we're planning on doing it next year!)
The following 2 days were spent at this small little campground in Yellowstone called "Slough Creek". It's apparently renowned in the angling world as a great place to fly fish. It's also in the heart of grizzly country, so Barbara and I were always a little on edge about that at night (well, it was nothing a couple beers couldn't get rid of!) We hung out at camp a lot, and also headed down to the waterfalls of Yellowstone and also the Lake. There was a huge fire that we watched from the porch of the Lake Lodge (while eating ice cream...it was heavenly!) We were also in the background of a film that was being produced by the park service - it was about places to go in the park. Look for it in the fall! (all you will see are our feet and our backs, and maybe the ice cream cone!) It was cool though, to be a part of that.
I've put all of the pictures on my flicker account, because there were too many to put on my blog. Please, check the out by clicking here!