Monday, August 3, 2009

Red Lodge & the Beartooth Highway

This last weekend we decided to do a little weekend getaway before the Fall semester starts for me at Montana State University-Bozeman. I have been in Montana more than five years now, and I still hadn't driven the scenic Beartooth Highway, bringing drivers to almost 11,000 feet from Montana to Wyoming. So we decided to head to Red Lodge, MT, spend the night, and then drive the highway before heading home through the northern part of Yellowstone National Park.

Red Lodge, a mountain town known for its coal mines in the late nineteenth century, is rather small - its population just a little over 2,000. When we arrived in Red Lodge, we checked out the also-small library (Carnegie-style), nicely placed at the northern end of Broadway, and picked up some books for Reading in Montana.

We were also in Red Lodge during its annual Festival of Nations, celebrating the town's mining immigrant diversity. We attended the dances in the civic center. This is a picture of some of the Scottish dancing:

You can see more pictures from our trip via these links: Red Lodge and Beartooth Highway.

Currently reading: Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan and others.

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