The Block Island Times

Travels with Dodger

By Ray Torrey | Apr 22, 2013
Courtesy of: Ray Torrey Sue and Ray Torrey, with their dog Dodger in Wyoming during a snowstorm.

To all our Block Island Friends:

I have some extra spare time on my hands this Tuesday afternoon as we are hunkered down in our hotel room in Casper, Wyoming, waiting out a major winter storm. (Thought it was Spring). Looks like tomorrow will find us here again. Anyhow, we left Seattle last Wednesday in a driving rain and chose the interstate due to the bad weather, crossing the Cascades and the flat farmland of eastern Washington, arriving in Spokane late afternoon. Instead of doing the local museum thing, our routine has been to find the local dog park or a good place to let Dodger run. He has been a great companion and lies on the back seat all day uncomplaining.

Thursday: on across the narrow top of Idaho into Montana and then north up to the town of Kalispell. On Friday we continued north to Glacier National Park where we drove along the famous Going To The Sun Road, but only for 12 miles before backtracking as the road was not cleared of snow. From the park, southward through beautiful forested mountains to the state capitol of Helena for the night. The next day, continuing south we stopped for lunch in the snow in Bozeman and then south again to West Yellowstone. This was another disappointment as Yellowstone Park was closed for the winter and would not open for another two weeks.

The weather has been getting colder and snow more frequent and the road conditions more hazardous. Sunday morning we drove south and over white knuckle Teton Pass to the neat town of Jackson. The sun came out and we spent the afternoon checking out the Grand Tetons and viewing herds of wild elk on the local Refuge. The next day, because the northern pass was reported slick and icy, we chose the southern route, which added 70 miles and, despite numerous snow showers, arrived in Casper for the night. This morning there was four inches on the ground and snowing heavily.

Stay tuned.

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