Thursday, June 21, 2018

Little Falls

Driving toward Bloomington we crossed the Mississippi River a number of times. Every time it was bigger than previous and by the time we got to Little Falls which is in the middle of the state it was already quite a river. It's been rainy so somewhat swollen.

There is a dam at Little Falls. Not a high dam; 20 ft perhaps but it surely does stir up the river....

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Northern Minnesota

So today we drove across Northern Minnesota. Specifically we were on Rt US 2 from North Dakota to Grand Rapids.

Rt 2 runs about 20 miles North of Itasca State Park.

Itasca State Park contains Lake Itasca which is the source of the Mississippi River. This is one of those storied places everyone has heard about so of course we had to visit. They have placed large stones to define the boundary between lake and river. I was surprised by the sheer number of people in attendance. There were about 50 people there looking at the headwaters of the Mississippi and several children working across the stepping stones and back.

Well, see for yourself....

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

More Plains

Driving into North Dakota we're in oil country.

When you drill for oil, natural gas is an unwanted byproduct and is simply burned off.

Monday, June 18, 2018

High Plains

Once out of the mountains you're on the plains.

Flat, sparsely populated, Many of the small towns are now just spots on the map.

We had a shorter driving day today. A bit over 5 hours and no time change.

Iy rained most of the morning and we had several miles of construction where we were on gravel road rather than pavement.

On the plains the most visible structures are the grain elevators. Many of them, like today's photo of the day are abandoned and derelict.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Montana Mountains

Today we drove US Rt 2 across Northern Idaho and the Montana Rocky Mountains past Glacier National Park. One of my favorite drives through some of my favorite country.

It was another fairly long driving day and we lost an hour when we entered the Mountain Time zone. We arrived in Shelby MT around 5:00. Our new GPS lost it's way in Shelby. It took us past our motel, muddled around random blocks in downtown Shelby and finally sent us on East. Definitely not the behavior we want in our GPS.

Anyway we're (finally) here and settled in.

Today's photo is of the Kootenai River

Saturday, June 16, 2018

We're off again :)

This is our first night out and we're in Sandpoint, ID which is on Lake Pend Oreille.

A needlessly stressful day. We have a new GPS unit and I Have the whole trip programmed into it. Our old GPS showed distance remaining, time remaining and ETA. This new one just shows ETA and to my dismay it was showing an ETA corresponding with 9 1/2 hours of driving time. I had planned for 7 1/4 hours and I was totally dumbfounded by that extra 2 1/4 hours and I feared I'd messed up the plan and set us up for a dauntingly long driving day but instead of 5:20 we arrived at 2:50 so we were fine. Apparently it was giving us our arrival time at Bloomington. Our hotel is right on the lake but the wind was blowing at 40mph or so. When I was out trying to take pictures I had to literally hang onto my hat or I'd have lost it into the lake.


Photo of the day...

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Carol had a loss of concentration yesterday and pulled in front of an oncoming car which hit us broadside at 70 MPH The worst injury was a broken ankle on one of the passengers in the other car. Carol is pretty banged up. She hit her right knee on the steering column and it’s close to double normal size. She’s also pretty bruised from her seat belt. Our car wound up on the driver side so we had to climb out the door on my side, top.

We now have a rental car but may need to exchange it as I got it at the airport and as they cost more there our insurance company may object. Today being Sunday I’ve not yet talked to our adjuster.

We were there nearly 30 minutes before the first help arrived. EMTs from a volunteer fire company nearly 20 miles away. We were in an ambulance on our way to Missoula before any law enforcement sowed up. They eventually tracked us down at the Hospital and Carol has an Improper Turn citation.

So ends our little vacation. We may not get home ‘til Wed.