Wed 30.Today we did all our errands and housekeeping – lots of laundry, we both got a haircut, even washed the car! But found time to visit the great falls of Great Falls, which weren’t that great compared with what we saw in Yellowstone (oh, we are spoilt already!)
. Almost got caught out again with the restaurants closing at 8pm in most places... walked all around town building up an appetite that looked set to not be satisfied. Ended up where we had started at the motel across the road from ours that had a veggie burger on the menu. Turned out to be very good, and Kevin got his much desired chips! Upstairs there was a 'sip and dip’ bar which I passed on a trip to the ladies – I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that the back drop the bar was a floor to ceiling fish tank, with a women dressed in a mermaid suit swimming around. Later I asked the waitress ‘ so, what happens upstairs’, and she told me as if it were completely normal ‘ there’s a mermaid, and Pat plays the organ and sings’ – Pat was a very old looking lady who we had seen in the restaurant earlier. Oh well, in a land that have worm grunting festivals I guess anything goes. On leaving I fell down a six inch step, smack onto the pavement (I only had one light beer!) and hurt my elbow and hip – oh and my pride. So went to the ‘city casino’ to recuperate with a free beer from our motel manager. A rather sad place with most of the patrons playing the slot machines – they looked like they could probably not afford to lose.
Tuesday 29 Well we have stayed in Yellowstone longer than anywhere else – 4 nights, but today it is time to pack up and leave and kiss the buffalo goodbye. We decided to take the cross country route to Great Falls through the Lewis and Clarke National Forest, which was very beautiful. When we arrived at the Greystone Inn (booked on-line) it looked pretty run down and shabby – not at all like the impression we had from the website. But we checked in and could hardly believe our eyes when we opened the door to the room – it was lovely! Newly done out, very chic and with a huge king bed. Not bad for $55. Oh, camping really makes your appreciate a soft bed! And tonight we won't have to wear our outdoor gear to sleep in! Night night! Ahhh.