December was our 38th anniversary, and we celebrated by going for a drive to Red Lodge, a small mountain town that sits at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains and is only 60 miles from our home. It had been a while since we had been there; in fact, it has been a long while since we had gone anywhere, and Lauren recognized my need to get out of the house, out of town, and out in the open, where the sun was shining on the snow and the air was fresh with a bit of chill.
We didn't bring our camera, but I found a few photos online that represent our drive. There are quite a few farms and ranches as well as homes dotted here and there. The roads were clear, and the snow made the scenery magical.
This photo shows the hills and fields we saw as we got closer to Red Lodge.
This is a photo of the Beartooth Mountains. You can see the "bear's tooth" for which the mountains are named.
We were only able to drive a few miles south of Red Lodge on the Beartooth Highway, as it is closed all winter due to the high snowfalls. This photo does not show the winter snows, but you can see that when there is lots of snow, driving the switchbacks that climb the mountains would be impossible.
We had lunch at our favorite restaurant and did a little shopping, but it was taking in the beauty and majesty of God's creation with my best earthly friend that made it the specially day that it was. What a blessing the Lord gave to me so many years ago, and I know that we both are looking forward to many more years together.
(all pictures are from the web)