West Yellowstone, Montana

At the beginning of the December I had a chance to get out-of-town for a couple of days to meet a friend in West Yellowstone, Montana.  I wasn’t sure what to expect weather wise or that it was a good time to go with so much to do and get ready for the holidays.  But I hadn’t seen this friend in a while and thought it would be fun to get away.


There was snow…..lots of it.  The closer I got to West Yellowstone the more there was of the white fluffy stuff.  In the evenings, my friend and I would sit, drinking adult hot cocoa, have great conversations, and watch the snow fall.  It was deeply relaxing.


The Book Peddler is a delightful shop.  Not only does it have books, but it has coffee and treats.  It also has a large assortment of interesting gift items that are a visual treat.  The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, giving me good information on trails for snowshoeing and hiking.


The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is worth visiting if you are ever in West Yellowstone.  We heard a presentation on Birds of Prey.  I learned that birds are a lot lighter than they look.  As an avid hiker in the back country of Montana, I also felt that this is the best way to see wolves, grizzlies or any kind of bear for that matter.


Quake Lake was formed from an earthquake on August 17, 1959.  I had been there once before as a child and was terrified that there was going to be another earthquake.  In the beautiful quiet of the evening in the wind and snow, it was a solemn reminder that 28 people had died here.  It reminded me that even through tragedy there is beauty if you are willing to see it.

The best thing about this trip for me was to just get away, see some different scenery and share some time with a friend.  I didn’t realize how much I needed a couple of days away until I came back.  Everyone needs and deserves a break.  My trip to West Yellowstone helped me gain perspective, come back refreshed and relaxed and ready to handle whatever each day brings my way.

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