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May 30, 2019 - Rollin' on Interstate 90

Thursday, May 30th. Billings, MT. It was sunshine all day, all the way from Devils Tower to Billings, Montana. Except for the first hour or so, it was all on I-90. About an hour before getting to Billings, we drove past entrance to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, site of Custer’s Last Stand. Maybe we’ll stop there next time. Looking for a place to stay that had full hook-ups, we chose the Billings KOA. They describe themselves as a “Holiday” resort. The KOA at Devils Tower, by contrast, called itself a “Journey” campground....

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Jun 21, 2016 - June 15 thru June 21 Catch Up!!

Hello Everyone!! We are making progress!! Hate to have these week long catch up sessions, but you know how it goes!! So if you can put up with another good read . . . Go get that beverage! . . . I wlll catch y'all up on what's been happening!! Ready?? June 15 - We left Tonasket with great trepidation as we headed out to cross pass #4, Wauconda Pass about 4300 ft. The locals had us a bit nervous everyone telling us about the narrow, windy roads, logging trucks, no shoulders and of course rock ledges hanging over the road. As it turned out it...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Idaho and a well done mexican

Our last night in Montana was spent at Libby. We stayed at the Sandman Motel which funnily enough is run by a Tasmanian and his Aussie accent was very thick .....a la Crocodile Dundee. He doesn't like the cold up here so he tries to get back to Tasmania for six months of the year. We'd heard Steven Spielberg was in the nearby town of Troy filming some scenes on the Kootenai River. We thought he might like two Aussie extras who come very cheap. Alas it wasn't meant to be as the 90 year old woman at the Chamber of Commerce advised they...

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Jul 20, 2015 - Day 13

Travelers are collectors. They collect experiences and stories. Some collect trinkets to remind them of their journeys. Vivian has a collection of magnets from places we have visited. Some travelers collect destinations. There was a Jeopardy! contestant who said their goal was to visit every state capital. We met a couple from Georgia who were attempting to visit every national park. We have had two goals in our years of traveling. One has been to drive in every state. With the exception of Hawaii and Alaska, we will achieve that goal this...

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Lay of the land

Aug 9, 2014 - USA holiday

Another busy week has passed and we are now in Sandpoint Idaho. Our last update saw us at the Shiraz Villa in Osooyos Canada. We enjoyed this town so much we extended our stay to five days. Our accommodation had fruit orchards and wine vines. We spent some time picking cherries from the trees and also plums and apricots. They were the best!! Also in the orchard were about 6 deer which we got close to. One evening we had two doe's at our back glass door, so great to see wildlife. This was a great place to just kick back and relax on the lake...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Sandpoint driving tour

Our friends Mike & Connie came by this morning to take a drive to Sandpoint. We stopped briefly at the Sandpoint Elks for a lodge pin. It is a small but nice lodge building with a Golf Course. Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced: pond-o-ray) is the largest lake in the northern Idaho Panhandle, with a surface area of 148 square miles. It is 43 miles long, and 1,150 feet deep in some regions, making it the fifth deepest in the United States. It is fed by the Clark Fork River and the Pack River, and drains via the Pend Oreille River. We drove a...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Sandpoint, ID.

Today we took a side trip to Sandpoint. Sandpoint lies on the shores of Idaho's largest lake, 43 mile long Lake Pend Oreille and surrounded by three major mountain ranges. It is also Idaho's largest ski resort. We walked around town and had lunch. We strolled around 'Beach Park' and enjoyed watching all the summer activities such as swimming, beach volley ball, sun bathing and picnicking. It was a very active beach/park. In 2011 Sandpoint was named the nation's "Most Beautiful Small Town" by Rand McNally and USA Today. It also the...

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Sep 23, 2012 - Clarkston WA to Sandpoint ID

September 23, 2012 Last night before dinner our neighbor Vern from Maple Ridge (near Vancouver) brought his chair and beer over for a chat. Born in Romania but of German parents, he (five years old) and his family were driven to Germany during WWII. He lived there until 1954 when he went to Saskatoon, Canada “just because”. He married a Canadian woman and was a cabinet maker until he retired 7 years ago. He and his wife, who have traveled all over the US and Canada, had lots of tips on campgrounds, restaurants etc. Most of the smoke cleared...

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Sep 5, 2012 - Sandpoint, Idaho

We are in the beautiful town of Sandpoint, Idaho. This is one of our favorite towns in Idaho, so far. We really didn't know what to expect, we were just continuing our scenic drive along the awesome Pend Oreille River. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. The first thing we saw was a huge farmer's market going on. We stopped and got a few things we needed, onions for a stir fry etc. We rode around a bit familiarizing ourselves with the town, we ran right into City Park. It is an awesome beach area with boat rentals and beautiful...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Sandpoint/Ponderray to West Glacier MT

We woke to a beautiful sunny day. After breakfast and packing up the car, we drove into Sandpoint to their City Beach - a wonderful oasis on the Pend Oreille lake for a little walk before getting in the car for the long drive to Glacier. What a surprise to find the Statue of Liberty at the end of the walkway. And to find out that Sandpoint is a major railroad hub where 40 trains a day come through town. Within the 20 minutes we were there, two huge freight trains came roaring through. We stopped for lunch in Bonners Ferry at a great...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Day one - MHT to Ponderray Idaho

Today was the start of our 11 day trip to see Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. Steve has been talking about this trip for 5 years and we are finally doing it! Out of bed at 4, on the road by 5:20, at MHT by 6 with a mandatory stop at Dunkin Donuts on the way for coffee. Three flights and 8 hours later we landed in Spokane. Tonight we are staying in Ponderray Idaho, about 90 miles east of Spokane and 4 hours west of Glacier. We have several recommended stops along the way tomorrow including Kootenai Falls. It's late...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Spokane and Sandpoint

Big Trip Northeast Day One Lacey to Moses Lake, WA July 28, 2012 We’re on our way to Christina and James’ wedding in North Blenheim, New York. We’d planned to get into Spokane our first day and have the following day to explore some of that area. But the memorial service was held on Saturday morning for a friend of ours. We took the motor home to the church and started our trip after the service. That afternoon we pulled into a small, tidy RV park alongside I-90, about a dozen miles west of Moses Lake. The RV campground was in a rural...

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