On the road again

Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

We left West Yellowstone, Mt at nearly 9 am, with partly cloudy skies. We haven't  driven in 2 1/2 days. 
Let me mention that we have been in higher altitudes and low humidity for days now.  The first day was the hardest. I did not feel well.  Ed was somewhat short of breathe.  We compensated by taking deep belly breaths.  We are so dry.  We have cottonmouth, dry sinuses, dry skin.  We just can't seem to drink enough water.  We did not mention this to Susan or she would go into a swoon! Today we are at lower levels so we hope this will clear up.
Now let me speak a little about the town of West Yellowstone.  Our tour guide was proud of all things in the town and talked about the town.  This years graduation class was 13. That is bigger than usual.  It usually runs at 9, that way everyone in in the top 10 of their class. 
We decided to go up to Helena on our way to Missoula.  Then we decided to press on to Spokane.
We drove on Hwy 287, back roads.  There are lots of ranches.  Susan is singing God Bless America.
 We pass the town of Enis where a sign says Enis population 840 and 11,000,000 trout.  All things were about fishing through this area.  We came to an area of vastness and beauty.  I made a picture to show the depth of scenery.  The green irrigated fields, the higher brown pastures, the rolling hills and snow capped mountains.  Cameras can not capture it.  As we cross I-90 we come across the Wheat Montana Bakery and Deli.  OH MY WHAT A PLACE. I wish I had smell-an-email.  This place processed grains, especially wheat, had a store to buy anything grain, and had a restaurant and BAKERY.  The smell was so good I can still smell it.  We bought scones-to die for, raisin/cinnamon rolls the size you wouldn't believe so I made a picture.  Notice the size of my hands. We also bought bread and bagels.  Haven't had time to try them yet.[ We passed another Wheat Montana outside Missoula.]  As we passed up the road for the bakery we see the farm of Wheat Montana.  I have no idea how far we could see but it was long rolling hills of wheat, so beautiful even at this time of year.  Miles and miles of wheat on this one ranch.
We drove through Helena to see the capital, not a good view.  This is a small town for a capital.
We have seen lots of beehives as we drive this state.  Every store has Montana honey. The lilac is in full bloom and so huge and in many hues. 
As we drive further toward Idaho the forests become dense and dark.  Different that what we had seen. 
We say another sign that made us chuckle: Historic Wallace  Open late First Friday every month.  Now that is something to look forward to.  Population said 940.
We have driven up and down mountain passes, crossing the Continental Divide.  The divide is the place where water flows to the Pacific Ocean on the west and toward the Mississippi River to the gulf of Mexico on the east.
We have gone through mining area both old and present day. We enter Idaho, new for Susan and me. This is also the line for Pacific Time. We get to the KOA in Spokane Valley, Wash. at about 6:15.  This is the first time we have used a KOA park.  Seems good so far.  Back to reality: it is near the railroad tracks!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ed drove 477 miles.
We had scones for our afternoon snack and raisin cinnamon buns for dessert.  ARE YOU HUNGRY YET!
We plan on shopping in Spokane tomorrow and driving over the border at Oroville, Wa.  We plan to drive to the  Kamloops, British Columbia area.  That depends on many variables.  We may or may not have internet.  No news only means no internet.
We are dusting off the passports and pushing northward!
Susan is  having an interesting trip, she says.  She REALLY wants to go shopping and not for groceries. For those who wonder what she does I have entered a photo.  She doesn't sleep much but does watch her movie marathon as we roll along.  
I suppose I should say that your comments drive me on to do this.  We SO enjoy looking to see who and what is in the responses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Sam on

We are enjoying so much your descriptions and pictures of your trip.
We look forward to seeing them everyday.

dwlp.travelkids on

Good morning all. I posted a minute or two ago using our phone as a hot spot but the phone rang and it would seem it is NOT a multitasker and I think my comment got lost in cyber-space which is where it may need to be anyway! We will be heading to Camarillo, CA this morning to my brother's house for a few days. Travel blessing to you.

VistasByGod on

AMAZING! We are so blessed to be able to say we live in this country (we were even born here ... (hee, hee)).

Love the pics, especially Susan passing the time with a good movie! How precious.

Thank you, again, Betty for your efforts. You really do make our day!


Dave on

Pat is wishing she was pulling one of those giant rais

Dave on

As I was saying before I accidentally hit the "post" button, Pat is wishing she was pulling one of those giant raisin/cinnamon rolls apart, she LOVES those things!!! I don't know about Susan and her movie, looks like it put her to sleep, must not be a Superman movie, lol. Hopefully when you get to Washington the air will be more favorable and you guys will "moisten up" a little and breathe easier. We'll be thinking about you at the Oak Ridge Boys concert tonight, there's probably 500+ chairs set up already (it's 2pm) and sales is busing 50 from Brentwood.
Anyway, have a great ride and if you get over towards Pendleton, Ore they have a great tour of their woolen mills.
Have fun and be safe,

Dave on

Dave, you big dummy, Pendleton is south, argh. The Clampets are up NORTH.
Oh well............

cathy and kids on

it seems the rv is as big as the cinnamon roll (scale wise). Both look beautiful. How many rooms does the rv have! lol! The pics keep taking my breath away. They seem like you can't actually be seeing these views....more like its scenes from a movie. Breathtaking and unbelievable! BTW tell Susan and Ed we say Hi. Tell Susan I saw a pair of Superman swim trunks that I was going to get but they were a size 38 sooo did not know who would fit them. They were cool! Little Robby wanted them but....

Joyce Callis on

I am reading your blogs, but I miss some of them on the many emails I get, so I am catching up. I just read one about Canada and was surprised. The picture did not look like I thought Canada would be like. Sounds like Spokane was good, especially the bakery. Enjoying your blogs.

Jean Langford on

I want a cinnamon-roll please. Looks absolutely mouth watering.

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