We left the hotel about 9:15 am and set out across Montana. We stopped for gas right away and then we were off. Montana is absolutely gorgeous - lots of badlands scenery and rocky mountain sides. I even saw a small juniper tree growing out of the middle of a giant rock - I kid you not! It was really cool looking.
All the rivers and lakes we drove by looked so blue and clear - it really made me itch to go swimming but that urge has mostly passed now.
The only downside was ALL THE DAMNED CONSTRUCTION going through the mountain passes. As if those winding roads aren’t dangerous enough, they go and cut off a lane of traffic here or there for a few miles. All of the rerouting and “reduce speed ahead” nonsense probably added at least an hour to our travel time.
Going through Idaho was sketchy - we needed gas and had to pull off on some dirt road in a little industrial town. They only had one gas station. With one pump, but the cashier was really friendly and the bathrooms were clean so…..win win.
Finally passing into Washington felt like a blessing. The boy kept oohing and aahing over all the stuff we passed in Spokane. He’s officially in love with this state already. I’m glad. I really like it so far too - the air smells fantastic and the terrain is lovely.
There were even fireworks as we passed by a couple of towns. All in all, not a bad way to spend America’s Independence Day. And now it’s time to sleep.
July 4, 2014