Monday, June 9, 2003
9:20 AM... I woke up this morning at my usual
4:30 (yeah right....) and was surprisingly awake. Awake enough to remember
45 minutes later that I had a camera
. It got better once I had a piece of toast. I think we left
the house around 5:40 AM PDT. We did have to stop for gas before we "left."
I drove the first 175 miles of the trip. The Columbia Gorge was pretty
cloudy when my dad took this picture of Multnomah Falls
so it was kind of blurry with the slow shutter speed (Or I was
driving too fast). Somewhere after we switched drivers we drove by a toilet
. We crossed into Washington at 8:47 AM.
(I only know the times because the camera records what time it
was taken) Right now we are listening to ABBA's Dancing Queen, we have gone
260 miles, and the temperature inside the car is somewhere just above uncomfortable.
Oh well! Next Stop: Idaho!
OK, we're almost done with Idaho now and
I just finished a brief nap. Lots of road construction along I90
in this area. They keep reducing the speed limit down to 45mph. It's
hard to feel like you're making any headway at this rate. Temperature
is moderately uncomfortable, and I'm getting hungry. I had a handful
of peanuts when we left Ritzville almost two hours ago. Oh, hey,
the Montana border. Wow, it's
a lot cooler here on the top of this pass. The sign says road work
next 45 miles.
The day started uneventfully enough. You've already seen the more
than disappointing shot of Multnomah Falls. This one of the church
in The Dalles is a little better. A little later I was startled
to see this sign -
- but a quick check of the odometer reassured
we were on track. Later, in Montana we encountered this local variant
is the when I decided to get homesick. Here's
a view through the Ponderosa forests
of Western Montana.
5:22 PM MDT... We just got done eating lunch
at the Cracker Barrel with my Aunt Cindy and family
in Missoula! The food couldn't have been better. It sure felt good
on an empty stomach. We then stopped briefly at a gas station
and we are back on the road again. I forgot to mention what made
me hungry in the first place
... Right now we are shocked at the lack of road kill thus
far. Not that we wish there was more, just an observation :). We didn't
do anything in Idaho, but I did take this pictures
. (Current Milage is 313 and 259)
7:50 PM MDT... Well, I slept right through the
Rockies and the continental divide, but I woke up just in time for this!
. I think we are going in the right direction if all the ice cream
trucks are headed this way. OK, I'm awake after almost hitting that deer!
10:00 PM MDT - Columbus, MT. OK, we're done
for the night. We didn't make it to Billings, but not too far off.
Too many miles of road construction but we're close enough to our goal.