Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Days 5 & 6 - It's pronounced Pew-Owl-Up

Good morning from day 5! Not much to see by the interstate today other than some really pretty natural countryside. Wyoming, at least this northeastern little corner we drove through, is very pretty! The hills just fold into each other. Wyoming also supposedly has the largest population of antelope. We saw a few.

They're a skittish lot, though, kicking up a cloud of dust when the run away!

Here's some pretty pictures of Wyoming to enjoy!

In Montana, you learn what happens when you drink and plow!

They also seem to think they're in Vegas. Combo church/casino anybody?

Montana apparently has lots of forest fires. We saw more burned trees while driving through Montana than I have ever seen before.

When we come back through, we're going to have to explore the Crazy Mountains (in the distance of the picture) in Montana, too.

We finally made it to Missoula, where we checked out the Squashed Cat, officially named “Cattin' Around.” He's lying outside a parking garage. A concrete, cartoon-style cat. The dip in his back is supposed to be a birdbath, but there was no water in it.

That's where we stopped for the night.  For day 5, we logged somewhere around 550 miles.

Six days on the road and I'm a-gonna make it home tonight. Anybody remember that old trucker song? Well, not exactly home just yet, but we'll reach our destination.

Before leaving Montana, we stopped at the Silver Dollar souvenir shop, cafe, and casino. They brag that they have 50,000 silver dollars, and I'd say they're probably right! I know I don't want to count them. Each of those little dots on those gold cards is a silver dollar.

We picked up some state magnets we missed along the way, and I decided to get some choke berry and huckleberry jam. I've not had either of them, and I'm looking forward to trying them. When finished, the containers are cute little barrel-mug salt shakers.

Idaho looked like this the whole way through until we got to Coeur d'Alene.

When we got to Couer d'Alene, it looked like this.

For many years, I have been complaining that farmers who grow crops by the interstate should be required to post signs so you know what they're growing. Just outside of Spokane, Washington, there is a farm that does just that. We went past fields of canola seeds, timothy, alfalfa, buckwheat (Yes, I put them together on purpose!), among other things. The only legible shot I could get was sweet corn, but I could tell what crops were in each field!!

We pulled off for a few minutes at the overlook of the Columbia River. It is lovely. There are other things to see around there, especially around the park on the other side of the river. We took a few minutes to look at the river, though.

As you go further down the highway and cross the river, there's a cute little park and fountain.

On down the road is a wind farm.

After sitting in traffic in King County, we finally made it to Tacoma, the destination. Just a few more days of hotel living, and we'll be in our new digs in Puyallup. Pronounced Pew-owl-up, not Pull-it-up.

We'll be doing some more exploring in this area for a while. But we'll need to get settled in first. Talk to ya' later!  I'll leave you with a view of the Cascades on our way in.

Day 6 was about 525 miles.

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