It's a Loooong Way Home

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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201 Black Bear Lane
What I did

Flag of United States  , Montana
Thursday, September 8, 2011

We bade our adieu to Lisa as she went off to work and got packed. It's been quite hot in Auburn and we've enjoyed every minute of it. Now, we're ready for the long drive home.  It usually takes nearly ten hours on the road.  To get to the lake place it's a bit shorter, but a long day nonetheless.  As usual, the traffic leaving Lisa's is a bit heavy, what with all the folks going to work or trying to escape Seattle.  We did fine and soon were approaching Snoqualmie Pass. That's where the construction begins.  But, it doesn't end there, by no means.  We encountered more highway construction on I-90 this trip than in any of the fifty some odd trips we've made.  It's either re-surfacing the highway or bridge replacement.  Speeds varied from thirty-five to fifty-five miles per hour.  But, it gave us an opportunity to slow down and check out the scenery at the wayside.

As we approached Missoula, it was obvious that there are wildfires in the west, particularly somewhere in Montana or to it's west.  The predominant winds in the US come from the west and that brings in the weather and today, the smoke.  We stopped and shopped for our next sojourn, at the lake place.  The drive from Drummond is a real gem.  It's part of the Pintlar Scenic Route and truly a "must see" if you are ever in the area.  One thing that I've learned with all of our travels...there are amazing places everywhere, IF you keep an eye out.  The temperature was in the high eighties in Missoula, but gradually dropped as we increased in altitude to the elevation of the lake.  It was in the low seventies when we got here.  It got down into the forties last night, so It was necessary to turn on the furnace to get the place up to operating speed this morning.  

The sunrise here, as usual, was magnificent.  The smattering of wood smoke added to the scene.  Always a pleasure for me, this sunrise was outstanding in that it appeared right out of our front door and hit me between the eyes.

Right before Lisa left for work yesterday, Lynn took a photo of the two of us.  I've included it in this edition.  We always truly enjoy our time with both Lisa and Rich.  Madison, their fox terrier, adds a bunch of pleasure.  She's a fine and fun little friend to both of us.

Today we'll just hang out and take a walk or two.  I'm glad that you checked back.  Have a fine day...
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