Category Archives: Montana ~ MT

Montana is beeeeeoooteeeeful! (kids, please don’t memorize that spelling. the word is beautiful)


Everyone was a sleepyhead this morning, but we finally got on the road about 11 am.  It was a long day of driving, ending up in Idaho Falls, ID at about 8:15 pm.

Annie is doing Extra Credit for her photo documentary:

11:00 am, Conrad, Montana

But, this one is from Phil …

The scenery for the first part of the day was absolutely enchanting.

Bright blue skies, bright (sometimes too bright) sun, just the right chill in the air.  The rocks and the mountains and buttes were most excellent inspirations for a project in the back of my mind.  About 4, clouds rolled in.  I’m not sure what that meant weather wise, but it was an hour or so of pseudo-dusk before the sun went down.  It was actually a little bit of a relief after the glaring sun.





So what did we see all day?


and now, we’re going back to Texas!


6 weeks sure went by fast.

I kept thinking about writing something here, but I never got around to it.  We kept very busy, and all I wanted to do in my downtime is knit.

So, here is a picture of Canada.  South of Calgary, this is pretty much the view.  Not sure who took the picture, but not too exciting.  The mountains are pretty in the background, though!  Check out Phil’s Picture of the Day (tomorrow) to see a cool image (I hope) of the cloud formation over the mountains.

We had a short day today, only about 5.5 hours, but I can’t remember exactly.  Zoe napped for an hour or so.  She woke up at a potty stop, then they watched Shrek 3.

And, at 5:39, we were in line for the Canada Border Patrol at Coutts, Alberta.  They asked us a few questions, but nothing about pets!  (sorry for the oversight, Rupert)  We told them we had some grape tomatoes, lettuce, a cucumber and frozen beans.  We were quickly told to park and bring the tomatoes inside.  oooooo, scary grape tomatoes.  Sadly, tomatoes are on the watch-list, so unless we wanted to wait for an agricultural inspector, our choices were slim:  forfeit the tomatoes.  😦  I was not especially attached to the week-old Costco tomatoes, so off they went.  What pained me the most was knowing that I could have left them in Calgary in the backyard compost!  Prior to the border crossing, we force fed the kids the apples, tangerines, grapes and kiwis that hadn’t been eaten in time.  They don’t have a passport stamp at this border, but they let us use a time-stamp machine to stamp our own passports unofficially.  ((I am a big packrat, and border crossings are important for future coolness. Zoe understood and wanted hers stamped twice!))

Well, now we’re in Conrad, Montana.  It is 11:59 pm, and A finally turned out her light and is hopefully going to sleep.  Z fought sleep as well, but she finally conked out around 10:30.  M went to sleep relatively peacefully, by comparison, but she tossed and turned for a long time, too!  DH is snoring at last, as well.  I guess getting back on the road was more of an adjustment than I anticipated.

We hope to be on the road well before lunch time tomorrow, so that we can get south as fast as possible.  We are planning to spend about 3 days at the Grand Canyon!  I’m really excited, since even I have never been there.  I don’t think the kids really know what it is, but they have heard “of it”, so they know it is a Destination.

We need to be home by December 2, when A has planned a birthday party.  DH will be traveling the next week, so there is no rest on the horizon.