****In the months ahead and as this site takes shape, I want Getaway Drivers to be a home for everyone to post about how to get there, where to stay, can't miss attractions, local businesses, food, drink, lodging, and travel deals. I'll do my best to aggregate and organize, publishing pieces on how to travel well around some of the best driving destinations around the globe.****
For me, getaway driving started with an avalanche. We had driven over 2,000 miles from Boston to Red Lodge to experience one of the most epic roads in North America - The Beartooth Highway. But being June in Montana, the treacherous melting snow had other ideas and an avalanche had buried the road until further notice, leaving us stuck and out of luck.
Beartooth Highway, closed.
So with no options, we booked a room at The Yodeler Motel, and asked our friendly innkeeper the question anyone would. "What the hell is there to do on a Friday night in Montana?!"
The Yodeler Motel, Red Lodge MT: https://www.yelp.com/biz/yodeler-motel-red-lodge
"Only one thing - you boys should go check out the pig racing." Wut.
So we began to drive, about 45 minutes through absolute nothingness. We passed an old mining ghost town, which we had been told was the site of a tragic mining explosion so powerful, it knocked a locomotive off the tracks a half mile away.
Bear Creek Ghost Town
It was twilight by the time we pulled up to the Bear Creek Saloon and Steakhouse, but there was still enough daylight to plainly see that we were outsiders. Two east coast guys rolling up in a blue-on-blue BMW 330ci convertible, which had it's nose wrapped in Seran-wrap to protect against rocks over the long journey (this is a terrible idea, btw) was now parked in a sea of heavy-duty trucks that had clearly earned their stripes out here in Big Sky country.
Bear Creek Saloon and Steakhouse, Bear Creek, MT: https://www.yelp.com/biz/bear-creek-saloon-bearcreek
But what we found when we walked through those saloon doors was a warm and lively bar, welcoming staff, great beer and the main attraction: ACTUAL pig racing. We're talking a legitimate super speedway for pigs. Place a wager on your favorite swine and cheer them on.
So what's the point of all this? That avalanche taught me a valuable lesson. It's not always about the main attraction. Get off the beaten path, and unforgettable experiences await. This is a place for that.
In the months ahead and as this site takes shape, I want Getaway Drivers to be a home for everyone to post about how to get there, where to stay, can't miss attractions, local businesses, food, drink, lodging, and travel deals. I'll do my best to aggregate and organize, publishing pieces on how to travel well around some of the best driving destinations around the globe.
In the meantime, I welcome everyone's feedback on the type of content they'd like to see here - what's most helpful while planning trips and while actually traveling.