2019 Road Trip – Day 12

Thursday, August 22

After some deliberation on where to go next, we decide to go to West Yellowstone.

We drove through the Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve in Idaho. It was really interesting but kind of eerie. It consists of 750,000 acres of lava.

We got to West Yellowstone at 8:00 and checked into the 3 Bear Lodge. Dinner was Caesar salads from the hotel restaurant.

Total miles driven – 5004

2019 Road Trip – Day 11

Wednesday, August 21

When we got to the hotel the night before, we looked at the map to decide where we would go next. We realized how close we were to the Palouse area, a place I’d wanted to go but never thought I’d get to. So off we went!

After we drove around the Palouse some, we stopped when we saw someone harvesting. Tommy got to ride in the combine which was harvesting barley.

When he was done, Janet (one of the owners of this farm) gave us directions to two places where we could get a view of the rolling hills.

I would love to see this area in the spring and early summer. Must be beautiful!

We drove on to Bay City, OR, to spend the night at the Quality Inn. Dinner was at the restaurant there and was pretty good.

Total miles driven – 4524

2019 Road Trip – Day 10

Tuesday, August 20

We left the hotel and drove south on Highway 93. The whole area around Flathead Lake is absolutely beautiful!

We drove on to Ravalli, MT, to find the place where we’d gotten Lambert cherries the year before. Happily we found the place and there were cherries to buy. When we left there we decided to head to Idaho. As we drove Highway 12 from Missoula towards Idaho we saw these two signs. Both of them were true!

While it was a nice drive, there weren’t many photo ops. We finally got to the Holiday Inn in Lewiston, ID, at 8:45. We had pizza delivered from Southway Pizza. It was probably the best pizza dough I’d ever eaten.

Total miles driven – 4180

2019 Road Trip – Day 9

Monday, August 19

We left the hotel at 10:05, got breakfast, ice and gas. We then headed on to Glacier National Park. On our way, we saw this grain elevator. In order to get a picture of it, we had to turn onto a side road.
On the side road, we found these old trucks.

It was a beautiful day for a beautiful drive to and through Glacier. I wasn’t sure about driving on the Going to the Sun Road. I am so glad we did!

We stopped and had lunch at this little waterfall.

We drove to Kalispell, MT, and spent the night at the Holiday Inn Express.

Total miles driven – 3826



2019 Road Trip – Day 8

Sunday, August 18

We checked out of the hotel at 9:35. It was 47 degrees and clear. A little cool but actually felt pretty good for the middle of August. We filled up the truck with gas and then went looking for a grocery store. We needed Dr. Pepper, DBs and sticks. We got breakfast sandwiches from CC’s Cafe. While they were pretty good, the food was not quite as good as dinner the night before.

These were in Circle, MT.

At Fort Peck we pulled into a parking lot to look at the lake. Tommy got out of the truck while Bubba and I stayed inside. When Tommy got back in he told me he’d seen something big fly overhead. We couldn’t find anything so got back on the road. Very shortly after that I looked up to see this osprey with his lunch at the top of a power pole.

I believe I’ve said it before…Montana is not all mountains.

Grain elevators and combines!

Much to my disappointment, we did not see many bald eagles on our trip. However, we did see these two sitting in a tree together.

We stayed at the Comfort Inn in Shelby, MT. Tommy went across the road and got dinner for us from Clark’s Family Restaurant. It was OK.

Total miles driven – 3647


2019 Road Trip – Day 6

Friday, August 16

We checked out of the hotel at 10:15 so we could check back into a different room later. We had to fill up the truck, wash the windshield so we could see where we were going, and get ice for the cooler. Then we were off to hunt for sunflowers.

We drove around and saw millions of sunflowers. At one field we stopped at for photos, a local farmer stopped and asked if he could take a picture of us amongst the sunflowers. We declined but then he and Tommy proceeded to talk for a long time…while I fought off the biting flies. We then drove down to the river and found a place to eat our picnic lunch.

After lunch, we went back to the hotel. Tommy did laundry and then we sat out on our balcony and ate dinner.

Total miles driven – 2778

2019 Road Trip – Day 5

Thursday, August 15

We got on the road at 9:20. Our final destination of the day was Pierre, SD. But we planned to wander on our way there. The route we took was North Dakota into Montana and then back into North Dakota before finally arriving in South Dakota.

We traveled down the western border of North Dakota. The landscape was beautiful but there aren’t many people who live there.

Fort Buford at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.

Beach, ND There was no sign to let us know what kind of church this is.
A cool old sign that I was able to capture as we passed through whatever town this was in.

We arrived at the Clubhouse Inn in Pierre at 6:25. We got dinner at the restaurant next to the hotel. It was good.

Total miles driven – 2632


2019 Road Trip – Day 4

Wednesday, August 14

We left the hotel at 9:15 and filled the truck up with gas. We loved the cool mornings!

Thinking that we would find a cafe somewhere, we left Grand Forks and headed west on Hwy. 2. It was a long time before we found breakfast. We did find Penn, ND, though. We drove into “town”. Besides this old abandoned church there was the Buckhorn Saloon, which I did not get a picture of, and not much else.

North Dakota is a pretty state with enough variation to make it interesting.

We got to the Ramada in Williston, ND, at 7:30. The Ramada is a large hotel that appears to cater to the oil/gas crews. Tommy loves to tell about the boot room where workers must go to either take their boots off or put paper booties over them before they walk through the hotel. There was a restaurant at the hotel and Tommy went and got us dinner. I had spaghetti which was OK and Tommy got pork chops which he said were good. People came and went all night long. We had thunder and lightning during the night that sounded awfully close.

Total miles driven – 2126


2019 Road Trip – Day 3

Tuesday, August 13

We left the hotel at 9:00. It looked like it was going to be a beautiful day–65 degrees and clear. Our plan was to take US60 to St. James and then MN4 north. Weren’t sure how far north we would go, it would depend of what we would see.

We saw a LOT of corn and bean fields in Minnesota.

We stayed at the LaQuinta Inn in Grand Forks, ND.

Total miles driven – 1689