Day 2, July 17, 2018
You should probably know now that some days on my road trip weren’t really all that exciting. Some days had a lot of driving, and less sightseeing. This was one of those days.
I woke up at 6 and even though I wanted to get a bit more sleep, I couldn’t. I got up at 7 and got on the road just before 8. Kim and her husband both work early, so I said my goodbyes to her adorable dogs, horses and cows, and headed out.
I got on Highway 2 and it wasn’t long before I crossed into Idaho. The sign was on the other side of the road, and I opted not to cross over to pose with it. I was still getting my selfie-stick legs at that point!
I stopped at Albeni Falls and Dam on the Pend Orielle River (pronounced Pon-duh-rey) and checked it out. The Albeni Falls Dam was completed in 1955; Lake Pend Orielle is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in North America. It is 68 miles long and 1,237 feet deep at its deepest point. I saw an osprey nest on top of the railroad bridge there, and managed to get a decent photo!
I also stopped at a viewpoint overlooking the Moyie River and the Moyie River Hydroelectric Project, but it was less than impressive from that vantage point. I could have gone down to the river level to catch a view of the dam, but that would have meant doubling back. Some things just aren’t that exciting…
The Montana state line was worth a stop though! Montana had one of the prettiest signs of the whole trip and it was easy to get to! Of course, I had to pose with it.
Lunch was at a rest area a bit further into Montana, a peanut butter and honey sandwich, peas and a peach. You will find I ate a lot of peanut butter and honey sandwiches. No refrigeration required!
The temperature outside was still in the mid-90s, and in Libby, Montana, the tire indicator light lit up. I stopped at a Les Schwab tire store and they checked the tires, which were all about 5 pounds over their ideal pressure at 40 PSI. The guy explained to me that tires “bloat” in hot weather, but that they would go back down when the temperature dropped. As I have lived all my life where it really never gets above the low 80s, this was new to me! You keep learning new things!
My next destination was my final stop for the day – West Glacier. I was going to spend some time in Glacier National Park! I didn’t have a reservation, and it was high season, so when I stopped in at the Timber Wolf Resort Campground and they had one remaining site, I took it, even though it was the group campsite. They were kind enough to not charge me extra. All of my friends could have joined me! It turned out to be a nice campground, even though the roads could have used a water truck (they were so dusty!) and the showers were one of only a few that you had to pay extra for (75 cents for 7 minutes).
Dinner was a four cheese pasta box and chicken sausage; it was my first time using my camp stove on the road! I also had a Black Box Merlot, that came in a 500 ml tetra-pack. I’ve never been much for wine in a box, but it came in so handy on this trip! I didn’t have to worry about an open bottle rolling around the car and it is reclosable!
Even with the high temperatures that day, it cooled off quickly after dark. I walked down to the gazebo at the campground, where they had wifi and I did some blogging and relaxing. By the time I was ready for bed about 10, it wasn’t too hot to sleep in the car! I did put the screens on the car door so I could sleep with the windows open without letting all the mosquitoes in. Those things came in handy!