Caldwell, ID to Great Falls, MT

Friday, June 27, 2008 - We left Caldwell and picked up highway 95 just before the Oregon state line and headed north. This was my first time towing with the new rig and I was very pleased with the way it handled. I love the Jacobs exhaust brake that is now standard equipment with the Cummins diesel engine. Rarely did I have to use the regular brakes when I descended the 7% grades. In fact, the exhaust brake actually slowed the rig when it activated.

Gas mileage was not too good. The first tankful towing was 8.7 mpg which I attribute to the mountain driving and some strong headwinds. I am anxious to see what mileage the next tankful produces.

About midway through the trip, we joined the Salmon River as it rushed to join the Snake River in Hells Canyon. This part of Idaho has some pretty scenery.

We arrived at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston, Idaho. This park and its campground lie along the Snake River just a few miles before the Snake joins the Clearwater River. We are here to visit a portion of the route taken by Lewis and Clark and the Corp of Discovery.

Saturday, June 28, 2008 - The most arduous portion of Lewis and Clark's journey was the passage across the Bitterroot Mountains, starting near what is now Lolo, Montana. They were hoping to find one mountain range to cross before continuing their journey downstream on one of the many rivers eventually leading to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, they entered the Bitterroot Range, a series of mountains 80 miles wide. Nine days later, they finally emerged from the other side, sick and starving. Had it not been for the Nez Perce at Weippe Prairie, that may have been the end of their journey. But the Nez Perce fed them and helped them regain their health, then guided them to the Clearwater River where they continued toward the Pacific Ocean in dugout canoes.

The photo at right shows a beautiful bronze statue at Lewiston, Idaho where the Clearwater River joins the Snake River. It features Sacagawea, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition and it commemorates the significant contributions this young Indian woman made to the success of the Expedition. Images of native animals appear along the sides of the statue.

We spent the day retracing Lewis and Clark's journey from Weippe Prairie to Lewiston. Along the way, we visited Dworshak Dam near Orofino, Idaho. At a height of 717 feet, this dam is almost as high as Hoover Dam and it is almost three times as long. But it gets little notice because it lies across a relatively insignificant river, the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - We had entertained thoughts of taking a jet boat trip up the Snake River into Hells Canyon but the heat has been almost unbearable for the last few days with temperature over 100 degrees on a couple of those days. Also, the price is about $100 per person for a 1/2 day trip and the restroom on board these boats is a porta-potty about the size of a small outhouse. Could I tolerate the roar of twin diesel engines for 5 hours? Speaking of roaring engines, the full day tours leave at 7:00 AM and pass right by the campground. Anyone planning on sleeping in on those days can forget it.

We have seen most of the sights in this area and are ready to leave, but, with the Fourth of July weekend coming up, we must stay put since our reservations extend through the weekend. Last weekend it was pretty crowded with lots of families with their children. This weekend, it will probably be a zoo. There is a nice sandy beach area in the park along the river and this gives the kids something to do.

Saturday, July 5, 2008 - There are two kinds of people that go to campgrounds and RV parks - campers and RVers.

Campers are typically weekend visitors or vacationers out for a week or two. They camp in tents, popup campers, or small trailers. Usually they are families with small children or young adults looking for a few days of fishing, skiing, or boating. They are either totally ignorant of campground etiquette or simply ignore it. They let their kids and dogs run loose. The former scream incessantly and the latter poop in my campsite. Bubba and his fishing buddies get drunk and raise hell into the wee hours.

The RVers are snobbish old farts, usually retired, and live in their RV fulltime or most of the year. They camp in a large fifthwheel or motorhome that costs more than the home they had to sell or mortgage to pay for it. If they have any animals, it is usually a couple of lap dogs that bark at you through the screen door or a cat or two. Their form of entertainment is a walk around the campground or a trip to the local Wal-Mart. I belong to this second group.

Monday, July 7, 2008 - We finally left Lewiston and arrived at Hood Park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia River. Calling them rivers is really a misnomer - they are actually part of Lake Wallula. Both the Snake and Columbia Rivers have been dammed for most of their length, especially the section that Lewis and Clark visited. Gone are the rapids and waterfalls. The dams and their lakes have made things safe for navigation (unless you are a salmon).

Hood Park is an Army Corps of Engineers (COE) campground right along the bank of the Snake River and one of the nicest I have visited. Lots of green grass and huge trees. The campsites are large and spaced far apart. And senior citizen get a 50% discount with the Senior Pass.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - After a two hour trip, we arrived at LePage Park alongside the John Day River, less than a half mile before it empties into the Columbia River. This is another nice COE campground with the 50% Senior Pass discount. We followed the Columbia River and saw several of these wind farms along the way. This is what the wind farms turbine blades look like up close. These wind farms are a common site in this part of the country where land is relatively cheap and the average annual wind power is high. A group called Cape Wind is proposing a wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound, just over the horizon from Martha's Vineyard. In this heavily Democratic state, you would expect to find many champions of alternative energy sources that would support ways to reduce global warming. But Massachusetts and the Kennedy family say, "Not In My Back Yard!"

A few miles downstream is John Day Dam. In this panorama, the navigation locks can be seen at the far left where barges and other river boating traffic can bypass the dam. Alongside the locks, you can see the fish ladder that allows migrating salmon a path upstream. I bet they are tired when they finish climbing that ladder! As you continue from left to right, the spillway is next and then the powerhouse. Even further to the right, hidden by the trees, is another fish ladder. And, for a paltry $23 million, a fish bypass system was added later to provide an alternate path for young salmon to return downstream to the sea. Well, how did they get past the dam before this bypass was added? They went through the generator turbines, that's how! As the young salmon emerged from the turbines, dazed by the rough ride, seagulls were swooping in and scooping them up by the thousands. Not many were making it back to sea.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - Today we took a trip down to The Dalles, an Oregon town on the Columbia River. Along the way, we enjoyed a magnificeint view of Mount Hood, one of several volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. It was at The Dalles that Lewis and Clark encountered Celilo Falls and a series of waterfalls and rapids that stretched for 10 miles down the Columbia River. Today, that area is submerged under the lake created by The Dalles Dam but, back then, this part of the river presented a serious obstacle. Miraculously, Lewis and Clark successfully took their canoes through this dangerous section. After removing essential items, the best swimmers of the expedition took the canoes over the falls and through the rapids and the remainder of the men portaged the supplies around the falls.

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - This morning we drove to Ainsworth State Park, just a few miles downstream from the Bonneville Dam. This park is unusual in that it does not take reservations - first come, first served. Almost all of the parks we have stayed at have had a lot of empty spaces during the middle of the week. Not this one - it was almost full when we arrived. It is also the only state park that I have visited that has full hookups. We chose this park because it is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge which is where the river cuts through the Cascade Mountain Range and quite a few beautiful waterfalls flow over the high cliffs of the gorge.

Today we drove to Larch Mountain and took a short hike out to Sherrard Point with a million-dollar view of nearby Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mount Rainier near Seattle and Mount St. Helens. Although 90 miles away, Mount Rainier looked like you could reach out and touch it. And Mount St. Helens (photo at right) was easy to identify - in May, 1980, it literally blew its top off. Larch Mountain is only 4000 feet tall but winter snow is still on the ground in the forest shadows. Along the way, we stopped at Crown Point and took in a great view of the Columbia River with Portland, Oregon in the hazy background. At this point, the Columbia River has passed its last dam on the way to the Pacific Ocean and its waters are no longer backed up into a lake. This photo shows how big this river actually is. At the mouth, it is 4 miles across.

Friday, July 11, 2008 - We took the Mt. Hood Railroad train ride from Hood River, OR up towards Mt. Hood. Save your money! We have two previous train trips that provide a comparision - the Pikes Peak Cog Railway ($29/person) and the Thunder Mountain Line ($18/person). This trip today ($23/person) came in a poor third. Compared to the other two, it was a real disappointment. On the way back, we stopped and had a nice picnic lunch at Cascade Locks. This is another area of the Columbia River that had some real treacherous rapids and now lie submerged under the lake created by Bonneville Dam.

Speaking of Bonneville Dam, this is one of the few large dams that allow visitors. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, dams have either eliminated or seriously curtailed dam visitation. For a dam fanatic like me, that is a real bummer. The dams along the Columbia River have gone to great lengths to protect salmon migration by creating fish ladders and dam bypass systems. Bonneville Dam, like others that allow visitors, have viewing areas where you can see the fish swim by as they exit the top of the fish ladder. And salmon aren't the only things that climb the fish ladders. A bunch of these guys stopped for a rest when they got to the top. To keep from being swept back by the strong current, they attached themselves to the glass pane of the viewing window. I sure wouldn't want one attached to me!

Saturday, July 12, 2008 - This morning we visited several of the waterfalls in this area. At 611' tall, Multnomah Falls is the third highest year-round waterfall in the world. We hiked to the top. Although the one mile trail is paved, the average grade is 12%, which is pretty steep. In some places it was a little scary, especially for Carol, who has a strong fear of heights. But we reached the top of the falls and were rewarded with a nice view of the river.

I have been a little disappointed with some problems with the new Hitchhiker. The shower leaks even after the dealer attempted to fix it. We have small towels at strategic locations to catch the leak when we take a shower. Also, the tank monitors are giving inaccurate readings. The Smart Sense Monitor System was a $286 option that places the sensors on the external surface of the sewage tanks to eliminate a common problem with tanks that have internal probes that get shorted by tank scum after a few years of use. The Smart Sense Monitor System was a big selling point for me because my previous RV monitors became useless after 2 or 3 years. Now the tank reads full when it contains only a few gallons. I have called the manufacturer in Kansas and made an appointment for September 17 when we expect to be near that area.

My refrigerator will not maintain its temperature. It gets too cold and items start to freeze. I had this problem with the refrigerator in my previous RV and it was a bad thermistor. We love the new RV, but to have all these problems within the first two months is really discouraging. With the refrigerator problem, I can turn it off when it starts to get too cold. I have an indoor/outdoor thermometer that I bought at Wal-Mart with a sensor at the end of an 8' cable. I can place this sensor in the refrigerator and set the display on the kitchen counter to easily monitor the temperature. I plan to continue with this arrangement until I get to a location where I plan to stay for a while, probably Great Falls, Montana. Then I will be able to wait for the delivery of any necessary part(s).

Monday, July 14, 2008 - We left the Columbia River Gorge and arrived at the Pacific coast at Camp Rilea, an Army training base. Although Camp Rilea is located on the coast, access to the beach is restricted because live firing exercises are conducted in the area near the beach. As you can see from the photo, the campground is a paved parking lot with nothing more than a utility outlet to mark each site. And the Army does not hesitate to use the campground as their parking lot since the barracks are right across the street. But we didn't come here to camp - we came to see Fort Clatsop and Cape Disappointment.

After setting up camp, we rode out to the south jetty for a view of the mouth of the Columbia River. Today was sunny and warm and the waters were calm - totally unlike the conditions in the winter.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - The Lewis and Clark expedition arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River in late November, 1805. This area is noted for its terrible winter weather and 1805 was no exception. The expedition floundered around on the north side of the river for five miserable days before the storms abated to the point where they could move to the south side where better shelter was to be found. Here they spent the winter of 1805-1806 in a fort they constructed and named it Fort Clatsop after the local Indian tribe. The original fort has long since rotted away but a replica was constructed using information from the journals of Lewis and Clark. Here is Carol checking out the bunk house.

In the afternoon, we drove over the Astoria Bridge to Cape Disappointment and hiked out to the lighthouse for a great view of the mouth of the Columbia River. The visitor center and museum has a first-class Lewis and Clark interpretive center. We finished the day with a fantastic meal at Dooger's Seafood & Grill restaurant.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - We left Astoria and headed for Great Falls, Montana and our first stop was Randle, WA near Mt. Rainier. When we purchased our new Hitchhiker RV, we received a free one-year membership to Passport America. This outfit joins together with participating campgrounds to offer 50% discounts on camping fees. So, we picked a Passport America campground near Mt. Rainier, Shady Firs RV Park. Hmmm, I wonder why they gave it that name? It's a quiet, secluded campground out in the middle of nowhere except for the third weekend in July. That's when a big group (400 people) hold their annual rally. A stipulation that allowed us to stay through Friday morning was that we had to vacate the campground by 8:00 AM. Harumph!

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - It is just about impossible to capture the grandeur and scope of Mt. Rainier with a camera. You gotta be there to feel the full impact of the view. We were right on the southern flank of the mountain, only five miles from the summit, at the Henry M Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise. At 5000 feet elevation, there is still quite a bit of winter snow on the ground. Here is another pic of that winter snow.

We got our wildlife fix while touring the Mt. Rainier area. The mule deer in the second photo casually strolled by our picnic table while we were eating lunch. The elk was one of about six grazing along the road.

Chipmunk
Mule Deer
Elk
Steller's Jay

On our way back to the RV park, we stopped by Ohanapecosh campground, one of the National Parks campgrounds in the area. The sites were too small for us - they had a 27' length limit on towed RVs. While there, we noticed a recent mudslide that destroyed several campsites. Don't know if anyone was hurt.

This is beautiful country and Shady Firs RV Park is a good place to park while exploring the area. We also wanted to visit Mt. St. Helens but the road was closed going down to Windy Point, the northeast viewing area near Spirit Lake. Four years ago, Carol and I visited Mt. St. Helens from the west at the Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center. The western approach is quite different from the eastern approach. On the western side, logging companies harvested the timber blown down by the volcanic eruption and they replanted seedlings. Twenty-eight years later, those seedings have become a beautiful forest of mature trees. On the eastern side, things were left as they were and the area is just beginning to recover from its moonscape appearance. I wanted to show Carol this contrast, but winter snow still had the road closed.

Friday, July 18, 2008 - We left Shady Firs early. The rally group began arriving yesterday afternoon and this morning, a gentleman that arrived yesterday came over and invited us to stay for the rally. I thought that was a nice gesture until he told me that his two sons had to work and would not be attending the rally. He had paid for their campsites and was looking to recoup some of his costs. I told him we had made a point of seeing all the sites yesterday and had plans to be in Spokane today. So, we left at 7:30 AM and arrived at the Fairchild Air Force Base FamCamp just outside Spokane, Washington. Along the way, I made my first purchase of diesel fuel that cost more than $5 a gallon - $5.099 to be exact. Yeooow! I am trying to keep my average cost for fuel below $25 a day. Right now, it is just over $23 a day and climbing. When it starts getting close to $25, I start looking for a place to stop for at least a week or more. We will be staying a week in Missoula, our next stop. Then we will stay in Great Falls for at least a week if we can get a site at the FamCamp. That is my strategy for coping with the rising cost of fuel - use less of it. I sure don't want to give up this lifestyle which Carol and I enjoy so much.

We are here at the Fairchild Air Force Base FamCamp near Spokane, WA as a stopping point on our way to Missoula. I need to bring this web page up-to-date and Carol needs to catch up on her scrapbooking. So, we will kick back and relax while here at Spokane.

It's nice to have a commissary nearby - the prices are about 20% below even Wal-Mart superstores. Recently, we went to a Safeway because there was no Wal-Mart superstore in town. I almost fainted. The prices on some items were almost double what we spend at the commissary and much higher than a Wal-Mart superstore. My heart goes out to those that have no alternative but to pay these prices. I feel a twitch of anger when I think of the places that ban Wal-Mart superstores, especially here on the "left coast" and then somehow enlist the support of the very people that would benefit the most from lower prices.

My Hitchhiker came with the Bigfoot leveling system. Many motorhomes have this system but it's rare to see one on a fifthwheel until you get into the real high-end rigs. I wouldn't call my Hitchhiker a "real high-end rig" and ordinarily I would not have gotten the Bigfoot option because of its $3000+ price tag. But the dealer made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Anyway, it's an automatic hydraulic leveling system using four jacks - one at each corner. Initially, you extend the front jacks to get the fifthwheel off the tow vehicle. Then you press the Automatic button and sit back and watch while it extends and adjusts all four jacks and levels the RV.

Prior to our stop at Shady Firs, all of our campsites have been level. But the site at Shady Firs had a slight side-to-side slope - I estimate the slope to be about 5 degrees. When Bigfoot finished its leveling, the RV was off level about 4 degrees - enough so that the frying pan sometimes slid on the stove top. There was no manual mode described in the Operator's Manual. I could not raise the rear jack on the low side. When I raised the front jack, it began to twist the frame and my front door began to jam. The manual suggested that the level sensing device may need to be reprogrammed. Say what?

I went to the Bigfoot website and downloaded How To Program 5th Wheel Auto Panel. This one-page document revealed how to enter the "zero mode" and from there I had complete manual control of each jack. Once the RV was level, I pressed a few magic keystrokes and, voilą, the system was reprogrammed!

The problem with leveling an RV is "What do you use as a reference?" The floor? The kitchen countertop? The bottom of the refrigerator? You would like to think that all of these would be in alignment with each other - if the floor was level, then the kitchen countertop would be level. This may not be the case. When a slideout containing the kitchen stove is extended, does it remain level with the floor of the RV? Probably not. So, leveling an RV is a compromise. The gas absorption refrigerators commonly used in Rvs must be level to within a few degrees or damage will occur. So the RV refreigerator is often the reference point for leveling.

Sunday, July 20, 2008 - We have not done any sightseeing while at Spokane. In fact, we only left the base once to get fuel and visit Wal-Mart. The base is actually about 10 miles west of Spokane city limits and there isn't much to see near the base.

We don't have a base sticker on our new truck. Camp Rilea didn't seem to mind and the gate guard didn't object when we first arrived at Fairchild. But when we returned from our Wal-Mart visit, we had to get a temporary vehicle pass to get back on base. The people that issue base stickers don't work on weekends so I may return tomorrow morning at 7:30 to get a sticker.

Monday, July 21, 2008 - I arrived at the pass office at 7:15 to fill out the application form for a base sticker. There were already 10 people in line to get a sticker or a temporary vehicle pass. There were no application forms available in the lobby. You would think that they would want you to have your form filled out when you arrive at the counter. But nooooo, you have to wait in line, and only when you get to the counter do you get the form. I could see that this could take a long time so I left, went back to the campground, hitched up, and departed the area. We arrived at Jim and Mary's RV Park in Missoula, MT 4 hours later.

We were here 4 years ago. We fell in love with Montana then - our first time in the state. And we enjoyed our brief stay in Missoula. But the traffic has become terrible! South Reserve Street, aka Highway 93, leaves the Interstate and travels south through the western edge of the city into the Bitterroot Valley. A one-mile stretch from W. Broadway south to Wal-Mart has been the site of massive commercial growth over the past few years. Almost every place that you want to go to is located there. It is also the gateway to the Bitterroot Valley. At 3:00 PM today, traffic was backed up at least a half mile in both directions. It wasn't like this 4 years ago.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - Our main reason for stopping in Missoula was to visit that portion of the Lewis and Clark trail that took them over the Bitterroot Mountains. This leg of their trip started at what is now Lolo, MT at a place they named Traveler's Rest and closely followed the current highway 12 west into the Bitterroot Mountains. Today, it was a pleasant drive on a warm summer day in our modern vehicle on a nice paved road. But Lewis and Clark did it on Indian horse trails in September, 1805 and woke up one morning covered in 10 inches of snow.

After a stop at Traveler's rest, we arrived at Lolo Hot Springs, a popular spot with the Indians even in 1805. Now it is a swimming pool owned and managed by a private company and is a real dump. We could not see the springs because an indoor swimming pool now sits on that site. We continued on to Lolo Pass and spent some time at the visitor center

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - A most unusual RV arrived at the park today. The owners of this RV, which they call the Luv Shak, have completely covered the sides, rear, and front with murals that they have painted. This was quite a bold move on their part but it looks real cool, like something out of the 60's.

Monday, July 28, 2008 - We left Missoula and headed north towards Glacier National Park. The route follows the western shore of Flathead Lake and we stopped at Edgewater RV Park at Lakeside, MT, just across the highway from the lake shoreline. Flathead Lake is a beautiful glacial lake but there is a dam at its outlet that controls lake levels. The scenery in this part of Montana is awesome.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - After a bodacious breakfast of a western omelet and biscuits and gravy at the Homestead Cafe, we spent most of the day at Kalispel, MT, just a few miles up the road. The main attraction for us was Norm's News, Established in 1938, Norm's News is a combination newspaper and magazine store, soda fountain, ice cream shop, and grill. We each got a double scoop of huckleberry ice cream which turned out to be a lot more that a double scoop. Yummmm.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - We arrived at Glacier National Park after a drive of less than 50 miles. We are learning how to slow down and smell the roses. It feels good not to have to rush anywhere. We are camped in Apgar Campground, one of the many campgrounds in the park and the largest. Like almost all National Park Service campgrounds, this one has no hookups but 25 of the 190 sites are advertised to handle 40' RVs. I don't know if this includes tow vehicles or not. But these sites are not identified by any signs - you have to drive through the loops and find one that looks like it is big enough for your rig.

The first site we picked wasn't quite big enough but you don't find out until it is almost too late. We squeezed into a very tight situation before I realized that I was not going to be able to clear a tree. I had to back out and try another site. There are plenty of pull-through sites that are long enough for my truck and RV. But they curve around at such a short radius, with trees or big boulders on each side, that it becomes impossible to pull through. The solution is to drive past the site and then back in.

My new RV is set up to camp with no services. With diligent water management, we can go at least a week without having to dump the sewage tanks. We use paper plates and take "Navy showers" in situations like this. The Hitchhiker has 4 batteries and a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter. And I still have my super quiet Honda EU1000i generator which I use to recharge my batteries. The inverter has a 3-stage battery charger which is far superior to the typical RV converter.

With the remote monitor control panel that came with the inverter, I can control how much charging current is supplied to the batteries. This is important because the generator can supply only 900 continuous watts and can easily be overloaded if the 4 batteries are allowed to draw maximum charging current. I sometimes had this problem with my previous RV when the batteries were discharged to about 50% of their capacity. In those cases, I had to hook up the RV connector to my tow vehicle and use it to help with the charging. Yeah, I know. I should have bought a 2000 or 3000 watt generator in the first place but I had my reasons for selecting the EU1000 and would probably do it again.

Apgar Campground is at the southwest end of Lake McDonald, another beautiful glacial lake. Across this lake, you can see that portion of the Rocky Mountains that make up Glacier National Park.

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - We we up early this morning (7:00 AM is early for us) and caught the shuttle for Logan Pass. These two photos show the Going-to-the-Sun Road as it climbs the side of the mountain on its way to Logan Pass which can be seen at the far right side of the photo at right. This road is right on the edge of sheer drop-offs and those afraid of heights are really uneasy riding along this road. And if they happen to be behind the wheel, they tend to drive in the middle of the road which is not good for oncoming traffic.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road looks much as it did when it was built in 1932. It was designed for vehicles of that age and its narrow width causes some anxious moments when two wide vehicles (2 dual rear-wheel pickups) meet. It requires a Herculean effort to maintain this road. The short summer season free of snow isn't enough time to repair the damage done by the severe winters and the massive snowfall this area receives.

Here are some more pics of our trip to Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park
Weeping Wall
Hidden Lake Hike
Hidden Lake Hike

The Weeping Wall is a natural waterfall that seeps out from the side of cliffs, and is fed by runoff from snowmelt. In the spring, when the flow is at its greatest, you can get a free car wash. At the Logan Pass Visitor Center, a 1.5 mile hike takes you to an incredible view of Hidden Lake from an overlook about 800 feet above the lake. Use the scrollbars to view the entire image.

Hidden Lake Hike
Mountain Goat
Baby Mountain Goat

At some places, the trail was still covered by winter snowfall. In other places, it was a narrow, rocky, gravel footpath. This was not an easy hike for me and Carol. The elevation gain was over 400 feet and the snow and ice made the footing slippery in spots. In fact, Carol fell twice on snow during the return leg. But the view of Hidden Lake was worth the hike.

Along the trail, we met a family of mountain goats. They walked along the same trail as if they owned it (which they do!) and seem completely unafraid of us humans. Even the baby goat seemed unimpressed with the horde of tourist snapping his photo.

Friday, August 1, 2008 - We had planned to stay at Glacier until Monday morning but the shuttle experience soured us on any further trips on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Much larger areas are under construction compared to our visit four years ago. And our new dual rear-wheel truck is much wider than our old Chevy. Taking our truck was not an appealing option. So, we decided to move on to Great Falls, MT and visit Glacier again at a later date.

Great Falls, MT to Topeka, KS