Our Alaska Travels Summer 2012 travel blog

Awoke Thursday morning to a rainbow. Delayed leaving camp because Mary "Caterpillar Caregiver" had brought 5 caterpillars with her and one was almost ready to chrysalis. Fascinating to watch.

Crossed into Montana and into a rainstorm. Eastern Montana is a big farming area. Stopped on Poplar to visit a Lakota/Nakota Native American Museum. It was closed. After Wolf Point the terrain began to change. Big rolling hills and more ranching than farming. Saw antelope in the fields. Stopped in Shelby, MT for the night. Early stop so we could eat in a restairant and celebrate Mary's birthday. We had an excellent dinner in a place where all the locals were known by name. Because of the birthday celebration, there was no charge for the slice of 4-layer Red Velvet cake. Our waitress recommended a city owned campground for the night. Glad we took her recommendation.

Awoke the next morning to a rooster crowing. Felt right at home. About 10 miles west of town we spotted a large wind farm to the south. Entering Cut Bank, MT they had a big sign of a polar bear starting it was the coldest spot in the nation. Crossing the Blackfeet Reservation we spotted oil wells again.

We traveled along the eastern side of Glacier National Park for many miles. Climbing into the mountains we were into the clouds and a misty rain. We could see snow up on the peaks. We stopped at West Glacier Village for lunch and groceries. Deciding that we needed a break from the road, we camped at the Fish Creek campground on the shores of McDonald Lake. The afternoon was sunny with intermittent rain showers. We did some hiking and walked down to the lakeshore. Temperatures dropped into the low 40's during the night for some great sleeping.

Saturday morning we awoke to a sunny day. While eating breakfast, a female elk ran through our campsite. We had lunch at a beautiful little picnic area on the shores of Thompson Lake surrounded by Pine covered mountains. Temps have not climbed higher than 50 and it was spitting a little rain, but the scenery more than made up for everything else.

Entering Idaho, Jean wanted a break from the rain and road construction. We have stopped at a little bar/store/restaurant/ice cream parlor with wooden floors in the town of Moyie, ID which consists of the above mentioned establishment. But they have wifi and the 6 tables in the restaurant area are full of people with computers.

Time to move on. We are going to try for Spokane tonight.

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