Monday, November 6, 2017

Snowy Retreat

Cinde P. plans a Fiber Retreat at Togwotee Lodge twice a year when the Lodge is officially closed (between seasons) in November and April. This year's November retreat was Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I considered going to the retreat in the past, but life always seemed to get in the way.

Sue asked me a couple of weeks ago if I wanted to go with her for just the day - Saturday. I agreed.
WYDOT webcam of Togwotee Pass
Friday, November 4, 2017
Then Thursday it began to snow in the mountains, it continued to snow on Friday, and on Saturday, the snow was still falling.  The roads looked pretty dicey on the WYDOT webcams and. . .
Togwotee Mountain Lodge webcam
Thursday, November 3, 2017
the webcam at the Lodge didn't look any better.  I've lived in Wyoming nearly all my life and have driven in some nasty conditions during the winter, so I tend to avoid being out on the roads when they look like this. The weather report for Saturday predicted even more snow on the Togwotee Pass. I dreaded traveling up the mountain on the snowy roads.

Friday afternoon, I texted Sue to tell her I was going to pass on the trip. Since I didn't need to get up early, I stayed up late (12:30 AM) working on a quilt and slept through my 6:30 AM alarm. At 8:00 AM my doorbell rang, and then my cell phone rang: Sue was standing on my door step.

After a bit of discussion about the road conditions, we agreed to head west. If the roads were too bad, we would turn around and head back. I threw on some clothes, brewed a quick cup of tea, and we were on the road by 8:20 AM.

The first 70 miles, we drove through intermittent fog, but the roads were basically dry. Then just outside of Dubois, it began to snow, and the roads were covered with snow just as the webcams had shown. A couple of snowplows were headed east, and traffic was light.

Slowly, we worked our way west, up the mountain, and over the Continental Divide to Togwotee Mountain Lodge.  We arrived at the Lodge about 11:20 AM, and I'd estimate 20 inches of snow was in the parking lot.
Togwotee Mountain Lodge
November 4, 2017
Inside the Lodge, thirty women who had arrived on Friday were busily working and chatting.
knitters and crocheters
A small group was near the large fireplace knitting and crocheting and some had spinning wheels ready to be used as well.
more knitters and crocheters
Another part of the large room was occupied by several quilters. They had quite a set-up with cutting mats, ironing boards, sewing stations, and table for laying out quilt blocks.
Sue O. (in orange shirt) gave needle tatting lessons after lunch
view from my knitting chair
The large windows offered a view of some older cabins. It was lovely to knit, visit, and watch the snow fall.
view from my knitting chair
By the time Sue and I left at 3 PM another three inches had fallen. The snow was up to my knees as we walked to the vehicle. Again, we met a snow plow, but our lane had not been cleared. 

Sue did a great job driving. The road was clear by the time we got to the Brooks Lake road, and in Dubois, the roads were dry. 

We talked about attending the retreat in April and staying the whole weekend. I just hope it doesn't snow . . .

Togwotee Mountain Lodge webcam
Sunday, November 5, 2017


  1. Well great photos Nancy and Great job going! I would have caved I think . Your images are peaceful and joyful. I m embracing the snow! Glad everyone arrived safely. What a day! Can't wait to hear more

  2. Now that was an adventure, wasn't it?! Glad you got a chance to visit the other creative ladies! Beautiful scenes in your photos!!

  3. The staying inside looking out is pretty awesome but the driving and walking in all that snow would scare me to death.

  4. Hardy souls - ready to brave anything for the chance to enjoy a fiber retreat. Glad you got to go.

  5. My girl, you are an intrepid stitcher!!!! LOL I bet the view was just stunning while you worked. I'm so glad you got to have your weekend adventure!

  6. Knowing the mountain roads out here, I’m very impressed that you and Sue ventured out. There is no way I would’ve gone. And because of that, look at the fun I would’ve missed! What a wonderful weekend. And to think, you did all that for 3 1/2 hours of fun with the ladies. You are my hero! I’m so glad you made it home safely.
    Blessings always, Betsy

  7. picture postcard scenery! Beautiful.
    I think you are very brave to be out and about in such weather.

  8. I'm glad you were able to go, in any case, since it looked pretty wonderful. Sometimes it works out really well when your original plans get changed - or at least you think they do!

  9. You are a brave lady!! It looks so beautiful I think that even an old Texan like me would have been tempted to go. Glad you are home safe though!

  10. Well that was a fun day for you! The views look awesome! I am glad you traveled safely! :)

  11. what an adventure. Are you a white knuckle traveler in snow? I'm not sure I wouldn't have turned back at some point. It looks like a knitting retreat is much easier to pack for than a quilt retreat!

  12. I came over to visit from Far Side's blog. I was attracted by your Tired Teacher title...I am re-tired and now I know why they call it that! I just don't have the energy I used to have but I keep trying!
    I am a knitter, quilter, crocheter and want to be a spinner someday. You were both very brave to tackle that trip. I love snow but not mountains or driving in it. I'm from Iowa and have been in my share of whiteouts. I don't really mind the driving in it when I can see the road! LOL! What a beautiful place though and I could see myself living in that old cabin full time! LOL! So glad you got to go and what a talented group. I'll be back to see what you're 'crafting' on and to live vicariously through your snow storms. I'm in AR now but plan on moving back North as it is too hot here and I am a cold weather gal! Glad to have found you!

  13. Oh, you Wyoming folk are a hardy lot to brave those roads! So glad you were able to enjoy some time at the retreat and that your travels were safe, but whew! I sure would have been white knuckling it. The pictures are beautiful.


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