Winter Precedes Us
Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
94Trip End May 04, 2013
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The roads, for the most part, were fine. One exception was the road "slime" courtesy of the MTDOT between Helena and Butte. Seems that it never fails that Sooby gets a new coat of camo somewhere enroute. We stopped just south of Butte at the first rest area for lunch. It's our usual spot and has a beautiful view of a mountain who's name escapes me. (Fleecer Mountain) As a kid, I hunted up there with my brother in an area called Vipond Park. Anyway, lunch was snacks. Thanks to our on-board generator, Lynn made popcorn. This plus her famous Chex Mix and some cheese did the trick. I should mention that our trip across Elk Park Flats was the coldest I remember. Even with the heater full on, we were cold. Fortunately Lynn found her "electric lap robe" and survived just fine.
The trip through the Dillon area was beautiful. We saw sunshine, blue sky and clouds, in no particular order. It warmed some. In fact enough that I didn't have to pry my fingers from the steering wheel. That's a good thing...
Monida Pass passed uneventfully. We've seen snow the entire trip and the pass was no exception. We stop each year in Fort Hall, Idaho, at a Casino run by the Shoshone Bannock Tribe. We were the only overnighters in the place. There are two rigs "full-timing" there in the freeze. There's an "inversion" in place, so the snow was actually hoarfrost floating from the sky. Quite beautiful...
We went in and signed up for our site and invested a few dollars in the local Indian Movement, so to speak. The Casino was packed. What with it being New Years and all, it was no surprise. Aside from the cigarette smoke, it's a nice place.
We got back to Shorty and settled in for the evening. After having driven over three-hundred miles, I was truly bushed. (No reference to Dubya intended.)
I was so tired that I required a short nap just to have the energy to hit the sack!
The morning temperature showed 7 degrees. I'm glad that I finally took the plunge and slept in. I felt refreshed and was able to continue the escape. The sun shone and kept us warm and excited to once again be on the road.
Our next section led us from frigid Fort Hall on to the warmth of the Cache Valley in Utah. We stopped, again at a usual spot, north of Salt Lake City. Ahhh, the highway around Salt Lake. I swear it must be at least a hundred, fun-filled miles long. We spotted one driver weaving erratically in the center, more or less. I avoided him/her. A kindly driver stayed behind the car with his emergency flashers on... I thought to call 911 and report, but didn't get the license number fully. About half an hour later, a Utah State Trooper sped by us and pulled a car over. Lo and behold, the same one! I'm amazed that we saw no accidents due to the creative driving we'd witnessed.
It was about 32 degrees near the Temple City. With the southern sun shining sweetly, we were nice and "toasty" for most of the rest of our day's drive to Nephi, Utah. We've stopped and overnighted here for the last three years. It's cheap, simple and adequate. The site is nearly level, the voltage is just like at Ohm and the wifi works. There's about half a foot of the dreaded whitestuff here and it's colder than a welldigger's assets, but what the heck!
It's about dinner time and enchilada casserole is on the menu. I love the stuff! Tomorrow we'll settle at Snow Canyon State Park near St. George for a few days. No phone, no wifi, but the beauty of red rocks... We'll be bach...