Saturday, September 17, 2011
Day 1 was all about getting launched. We hadn't planned any activities other than getting to our destination - Missoula - which looked to be about ten hours of driving. But that takes eleven hours, you know, because you lose one. If that makes any sense.
We surprised the boys with a quick stop in Spokane, since the weather was cool enough to enjoy the gondola ride across the river. I've heard that on hot days the little cars turn into solar ovens... not fun. But we hit it just right. The boys saw on osprey fishing along the river, and I love the rock formation - columnar basalt (igneus). You know why magma cools into columns? As my Geology professor liked to say, "Joints relieve tension."
Of course, we had to swing by the Big Wagon for pictures...
... aren't they handsome?!
That 4:30 Go-Time made the day go faster in so many ways... we avoided Seattle traffic (though it was a Saturday, anyway), and we all dozed through miles and miles.
I did feel really bad about not setting up a meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel (his and hers), but I had no idea what time we'd reach Superior nor what "condition" we'd be in, so we stopped and took this photo to show that we were thinking of you!
Then we slid on down the road to Missoula and our less-than-fabulous hotel. (Who knew they even still HAD double beds? Would it kill them to get queens?)
A friend of ours from home lives near Missoula and met us for dinner with her adorable little men.
... and Eli, with mom Lori :D Fun to see her again and meet her boys!
So, not such an exciting day to read about, but the boys loved the little gondola ride and we were all pleased to get such a smooth start the first day.
Day 1 Miles : 580