Wild-West Road-Trip: from Crater Lake to Glacier National

Wild-West Road-Trip: from Crater Lake to Glacier National

Published: July 23rd, 2017

Eighteen hours of driving in two days... It didn't feel like a lot when we were on the road, but I am definitely feeling it now. Our campsite at Glacier National is beautiful, though, and I have no doubt that the experience will be worth the effort.

Where to even begin? We drove from Crater Lake to Spokane, WA, yesterday. We stopped for dinner at the No-Li brew pub and I filled up my growler with a classic American IPA. Last night's campground was new and had all the modern amenities. It's nice to go to a place where all the sites are level. When the site isn't level, the water doesn't drain very well, the refrigerator might not work, and sleeping on a slope can be tough. The RV has these really fancy levelers that masquerade as two-by-fours fastened together with glue and screws. I have to manually adjust these "levelers" as best as I can and it's tricky in the dark.

We were on our way this morning after I washed the dishes, disconnected the utilities, went to the food store, and stopped for gas. Now that I think about it, it takes a considerable amount of time to just get this thing rolling.

We stopped for lunch today on the state line between Idaho and Montana. it's pretty grand to have the ability to stop in an empty lot or a parking lot somewhere and just make sandwiches for lunch. I've been pretty good, mostly. Today, I had peanut-butter and jelly on wheat with a nectarine and carrots. I was feeling so good about it that I also had some Doritos, :-/ #fail

We got on the road again and moved as quickly as we could with the traffic and the curves on the roads. The ironic thing about Montana is that most of the speed limits were set at seventy miles per hour, but of course, not every car can actually do seventy on these roads.

We migrated an hour closer to home thanks to a time-zone change. That meant that the light was still present until almost ten-thirty. I sent the boys to take showers and washed Addy while Jen did laundry. All three kids read and played in the RV for a few minutes so I could go outside and take a few pictures of the scenery near our site.

These mountains are unlike anything that I've ever seen. I'll expand on this more once I have a better feeling of the park in general, but the mountains rise from what seems like nothing and the slopes are so steep and jagged. Their orientation is also perfect for a beautiful display of twilight color filling parts of the shadowy places and leaving others cold and blue.

Anyway, we have a very early start in the morning. I'll post more as I can, but thank you all for being patient with me as we move around. Take care, friends:)

- Wayne

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July 25th, 2017 Wayne Reich:

For a whole host of reasons, I am the only driver. Mainly, I tend to get carsick when I'm not driving, so there's that. Thank you for reading, Ginger:)

July 24th, 2017 Ginger:

Putting in mega hours behind the wheel - and you are the only driver? - wow. I'm surprised you can post anything - and yet LOOK at the scenery! Gorgeous - gorgeous!!!


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