|Paul and Ruth at Dead Indian Pass|
|The Beartooth? We never found out.|
|The summit of the Beartooth Hwy.|
|Yellow Bellied Marmot|
The entire drive from Cody to Red Lodge, MT is only about 90 miles. We left Cody about 11 o'clock figuring it would take a couple of hours. But we made so many stops and took so many pictures that we did not actually roll into Red Lodge until nearly 5:30. We stopped and had dinner at Bogart's Café which is a restaurant and bar that specializes in Mexican food and pizza. A somewhat strange combination, but I guess it works because the place was packed. We had originally planned to drive back along the same route but decided it would be smarter to take the quick way back, going down Montana Hwy 72 and Wyoming Hwy 120 to get back to Cody in about an hour.
As for Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce, they conducted their retreat with such consummate skill and high military ethics that they won universal acclaim in the press and public. They eventually made it to within 40 miles of the Canadian border before they were finally stopped by the United States Army. During the surrender negotiations, Chief Joseph made his famous speech wherein he said "I am tired of fighting. Our chiefs are killed; Looking Glass is dead, Too-hul-hul-sote is dead. The old men are all dead. It is the young men who say yes or no. He who led on the young men is dead. It is cold, and we have no blankets; the little children are freezing to death. My people, some of them, have run away to the hills, and have no blankets, no food. No one knows where they are—perhaps freezing to death. I want to have time to look for my children, and see how many of them I can find. Maybe I shall find them among the dead. Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." During the entire 1200 mile retreat they had committed no atrocities, killed no civilians and fought only when forced to by their pursuers. In return, the United States government promised them that they could return to their tribal lands in western Oregon and Idaho. Then they packed them all into unheated boxcars and shipped them to Oklahoma where, over the course of the next seven years, over a third of them died of starvation and illness. There is a lesson here, but I'm not sure anyone wants to learn it.
|The start of Chief Joseph's highway|
|The road snakes down from Dead Indian Pass|
|The Cathedral Cliffs|
|Waterfall along the Beartooth Hwy|
|South Twin Lake, Shoshone Nat. Forest|
|View across North Twin Lake|
|Wild flowers in Beartooth Pass|