On My Way Back Home

– It rained while driving home from Montana through Idaho. But all was good. I spotted two Bald Eagles, about 30 miles before we got to Butte, MT for the Interstate change.

We were almost to the state line in to Idaho, when I told my husband we need to stop at the next rest stop. I didn’t realize it was the Lima, MT rest stop until we were there. And sure enough, the car just automatically drove to the sandwich shop. Man, I love those sandwiches!

As we are driving in Idaho, my husband says, “Look at those cows running.” I look over and see hundreds of buffalo running. It was so cool. It is hard to see them. They are the dark spot running from left to right near the top of the green.

We stayed over in Ogden, UT and headed out early the next day for Las Vegas. As we are driving, I am looking at cherry trees. Then I spot a sign “Cherries for Sale.”  We exited #242 for The Red Barn.  We bought fresh cherries and Cherry Concentrate Juice. It is a sour cherry juice I plan to use in my lemonade. It is a must stop if you are going through.

The best part of the trip was having and extra hour with the time change. I set the clock back and told my husband we had an extra hour, so we could stop at Zion National Park. My husband looked at me and laughed, “Smooth move.”

The red soil is called “Navajo Sandstsone.” It is found in Arizona, Utha, Nevada and Colorado. We camped at the southern end of Zion last year and since then it has become my favorite National Park. If you have a National Park Pass, this short trip through the park is great. If not, wait until you have time to visit the whole park.

As you leave Utah, you come into a small part of Arizona through the Virgin River Gorge. The drive is a fantastic view.

The Virgin River shaped this canyon. As you can see the river is flowing red. If you would like to see a video of the drive click here.

The drive from San Diego to Butte, MT on Interstate 15 have lots of cool things to see. This is just a small example from our trip to Montana and home. 🙂

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Going to Montana

 – My husband and I drove up to Missoula to see my mom. Interstate 15 , I 15, starts in San Diego County and ends at the Canadian border so it’s a “straight shot” to Montana. As we were exiting I 15 for something to eat for lunch, we saw this amazing sight in front of us, a humongous dust devil.

This was one of largest dust devil I have ever seen. As it got closer you could feel the pull of the wind. I had the feeling of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Please don’t suck me up! 😎

The next day, we stopped at rest stop just out side of Pocatello, ID. Most of the Interstate in Idaho was built on top of a lava flow, which stretches way to the West where it originated.  There was short hike around the lava flow. It was a great place to walk and stretch your legs.

As we were walking back to the car, my husband spotted this lady bug.

 

Time for lunch again, so we took the turn off to Lima, Montana. The rest stop is in the town.  A small history of Lima sign informed us that Lima was one of the first rest stops for travelers on the wagon trail from Salt Lake City to Montana. The interstate follows the old wagon trail. The train tracks soon followed the trail.  The town has lots of old, interesting buildings to look at.  This is the hotel in Lima, MT.

As we were leaving we spied a sandwich shop. My husband went in and purchased two. They were the best sandwich I have ever eaten! The bread was to die for. It was a total taste explosion in my mouth and was what made the sandwich.

Q’s and my favorite rest stop is just before we get to Butte, Mt . It’s up on the side of a hill and has a glorious view. You can look across the valley and see small glaciers in the mountains on the opposite side.  A perfect place to build a home. Oh, wait, I told Al we are NOT going to build another home. Had to text this picture to Q with the caption, “At “the spot” where are u?”

Back on the road, we looped-de-looped to Interstate 90, bye-bye I15,  and we were soon in Missoula.

Notice, I’m wearing the t-shirt that I dyed.