Bright and early we went out for one last breakfast at a local diner that my sis's family frequents....then it was off to the airport for us. A very nice facility, although the general aviation portion was rather deserted.
The first 2 hours were rainy and we were in the clouds completely....so no sight-seeing on the way west! But finally the clouds started rising above us, so we got spectacular views of the mountains approaching Cody, Wy. This is the mountain range that borders Yellowstone.
Parked on the ramp at Cody - there are two FBO's there - and they compete savagely for business. We had two people trying to park us on two different ramps.....but we had reservations with Choice Aviation for our rental car, so that's who took care of us......here the line guy is washing our windscreen.....
And we truely got the "red carpet treatment"!!!
After a few supplies were purchased at the Albertson's in Cody (we haven't seen an Albertson's Grocery since we lived in Florida 17 years ago!!), it was off to the park!
The center of the park is about 1 1/2 hrs from Cody.....as we drove, the scenery changed!!! I knew it would be snowy, but I didn't realize how much! Here are a couple of shots just out the window of the car to show you how deep the snow is in places. And this is not piled up snow - this is just where the snowplows cut the roadways out.
Our first two nights are at the Lake Lodge - in the center of the park......here is a view of the lake - still frozen in areas. (That is not surf, it's ice!)
Here is our view out of our window - a nice cozy place. Just settled in for the night - park visiting tomorrow!